Packers vs. 49ers – Sunday Night Football, Week 3 (2021)

By Dan Vasta in NFL
| September 24, 2021 8:03 am PDT

The NFC Championship was a blowout between these two franchises in 2020. The Packers have been appearing in the NFC Championship as of late but keep finding new ways to lose games.

The ability to stop the run game was their downfall against San Francisco two seasons ago. The 49ers have had issues offensively, and they have already had injuries at running back.

Jimmy Garoppolo has taken care of the ball, and the running back by committee approach has been able to do enough to put pressure on the opposition. Aaron Rodgers was dreadful in Week 1, but the Green Bay offense bounced back against Detroit.

Aaron Jones reached paydirt four times, and Davante Adams was back to moving the chains and picking up clutch catches.

Let’s discuss this Sunday Night Football matchup by looking at the latest odds at the best football betting sites.

Packers vs. 49ers Odds

Packers (+3.5)-116
49ers (-3.5)-104
Packers to Win+155
49ers to Win-175
Over 50-108
Under 50-112

The Packers have covered five of their past seven road games as an underdog. Green Bay has won five of those games outright, so there is a possibility that they pull off the upset.

Green Bay has covered four of the past six meetings against San Francisco, but the two have split the regular-season series lately at 3-3.

The 49ers will be playing in their home opener on Sunday, and they will look to end the current drought they have.

San Francisco has lost five straight at home as favorites. Here are the latest keys to victory for both of these potential Super Bowl contenders.

Why the Packers Will Win

Aaron Rodgers is coming off a four-touchdown performance in which they exposed the Detroit secondary, which came as no shock. The Packer offense can be so explosive with the flick of a wrist.

With the offense seemingly back to normal, Packers fan can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Marques Valdez-Scantling is the threat to go deep most often, but he was held in check last week against Detroit. Davante Adams could wreak havoc on the San Francisco secondary that has had some issues in the back end. Locking down elite receivers has been an issue over the years when they aren’t harassing the opposing passer.

Aaron Jones showed the franchise how vital he is in the passing game. AJ Dillion is a solid third-down back, but Jones is electric with the ball in his hands. He scored four times on Monday Night Football, but it wasn’t like he made any spectacular plays that won’t happen again.

Jones has been a consistent star out of the backfield for years, and he has been a solid number two security blanket for Rodgers when he hasn’t been able to find Adams. The trio of stars for Green Bay is arguably the top trio in football next to Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill.

The 49ers haven’t lit the world on fire offensively speaking, so Green Bay may not need to force a turnover or two.

There won’t be any game the Packers walk into as a heavy underdog. GB-SF is one of those early-season games that could indicate how special of a season the Packers have.

They will need to stuff the run and avoid having their pass defense struggle to cover Jimmy G’s passing options. If they can limit George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, the Packers will walk away with a tremendous road victory.

Why the 49ers Will Win

The 49ers have the better defense that is fully capable of dominating this game and mucking it up on both sides of the ball. Kyle Shanahan is one of the better play-callers, allowing the franchise to make a return appearance to the Super Bowl.

Two years ago, the roster stayed healthy and caught plenty of breaks in the NFC West. Last season, we saw the team lose a player every week, so it seemed. If they can get back to running the ball downhill with authority, they will be an unstoppable force in the NFC.

The NFC West is likely to have multiple teams in the postseason, and there is an outside chance they sneak in three squads. This division is a gauntlet, and there are no given wins like the NFC North has.

The 49ers are the team that should be the more aggressive squad with more to play for despite being the 2-0 squad.

Green Bay can win this division at 9-8 or 10-7. That record in the NFC West is likely bad enough for dead last.

Green Bay still has questions on defense. The secondary was getting torched by Jared Goff for a half of football until they built a lead and put the clamps down on him. San Francisco has the edge on defense, and their ability to get after the passer could prove the difference.

Packers vs. 49ers Prediction

GB-SF is highly unlikely to be a blowout due to Aaron Rodgers putting together a sensational performance in Week 2 on Monday Night Football. Was there any doubt?

The Packers may only need ten wins to capture the NFC North title, but they have their confidence back after their pitiful performance in Week 1.

I love the Green Bay Packers in a road upset here, but this should come down to the final possession.

Packers vs. 49ers Pick

Green Bay on the road could be a trap against a physical defense that could dominate the line of scrimmage. Aaron Jones should be involved, and the value is on Green Bay with that extra half of a point.

The San Francisco secondary has had issues thus far. They were able to escape an inconsistent passing attack in Philadelphia.

Green Bay won’t struggle nearly as much, and they will make this game come down to the wire. Take the points on the road with the Pack.

Pick
  • Packers (+3.5)
    -116

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