Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers
Kickoff: Sunday, September 8th, at 4:25PM ET
Line: -5 San Francisco Total: 49
The Green Bay Packers journey to San Francisco to face the 49ers in a matchup some Internet analysts are calling the most important game of Week 1. YouWager’s devoted NFL football wagering fans saw the Packers play the 49ers last year, in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL football betting season, and again in the divisional round of the playoffs. San Francisco won that first contest 30-22, and won the second round 45-31. Can The Packers find a way to shut down San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick? The 49ers quarterback seemed to baffle Green Bay’s defense, last time out. In the first matchup, Alex Smith was San Francisco’s quarterback. When Colin Kaepernick started, in the playoffs, the read option packed the Packers in confusion, some sportsbook bettors feel. Under head coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco has done very well at home, going 13-6-1 against the spread at Candlestick Park in the last two seasons. At YouWager, San Francisco is a 5 point favorite.
The Packers will be hoping Eddie Lacy can bring a running game to the contest. They’ll need it. Their ineffective O-line allowed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to get sacked 51 times. David Bakhtiari and J.C. may help solve this problem. Rodgers could still have a tough time against a defense that only allowed 17.1 points per game in 2012, though. The Packers scored an average of 27.1 points per game last year. Green Bay’s defense looked fairly solid last season, but they will have to be better. This defense does handle the pass rush very well. Having Clay Matthews helps. Matthews claimed 13 sacks last season. The corner back situation could be strong, with Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward.
But the San Francisco 49ers could possibly have the best offensive line in the league. Their huge players make most opponents look outmatched. With wide receiver Michael Crabtree out with an injury, Internet oddsmakers expect the 49ers to rely on Frank Gore and alternating running backs, to exploit a defensive line they consider to be weak, by their standards. San Francisco had the 3rd rated defense in the entire league last year. Already loaded with talent, the 49ers now have corner back Nnamdi Asomugha and free safety Eric Reid, and that should make things very difficult for Aaron Rodgers. The line has Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, and Patrick Willis.
San Francisco is 15-6-1 against the spread in their last 22 home games. The last game between these clubs was decided by 14-points, but online oddsmakers think this one could easily be much closer. Green Bay is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 season openers. In their last 10 season openers, San Francisco is 7-2-1 against the spread. At YouWager, the total is 49. Game time on Sunday is 4:25 PM Eastern.