SAN FRANCISCO @ GREEN BAY | 10/15 | 8:15 PM EDT
It has actually been three years because the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers have actually squared off, but the teams will link Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Both teams are struggling but San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan hopes the 49ers make the many of Monday’s prime-time opportunity at Green Bay.
” You like to say that every game is the same, so you do not wish to make too huge a deal of that stuff, however I believe it’s a reward,” Shanahan confessed. “Yeah, we’re going through some things. But get a chance to go play Monday night in Green Bay, which is as cool of a place to play (as there is).”.
The 49ers have actually shined under the glare of the Monday night spotlight for many years. They have actually made the playoffs just three times given that 2002, yet keep a nine-game winning streak on Monday Night Football, all the while contributing to their NFL-record 48 wins under the conventional weeknight spotlight.
But these Niners (1-4) might have difficulty extending that streak as the injury bug continues to bite them hard. Already without their starting quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo) and top running back (Jerick McKinnon), 8 offensive players were on the sideline during Thursday’s practice due to injuries.
The group consists of 3 beginning offending linemen (left deal with Joe Staley, center Weston Richburg and best guard Mike Person), and three wide receivers (Pierre Garcon, Trent Taylor and Dante Pettis). Tight end George Kittle and running back Matt Breida were also spectators.
Breida has an ankle injury but has not been ruled out for Monday’s game.
PICK *GREEN BAY -9.5
I’m hopping on this number before it gets to double digits. This is the same line the Packers had before they easily beat the Bills 22-0, but the 49ers don’t have as good a defense. San Francisco is also dealing with a lot of injury issues at the skill positions, and that’s not good in a matchup with a defense that has played well, ranking third in net yards per attempt, ninth in points per drive and 11th in pass DVOA. I expect C.J. Beathard to struggle with the nation watching in primetime, and the Packers get an easy win.