Packers Periscope: Week 9 vs San Francisco 49ers

Two hobbled teams meet on Thursday Night Football. 

Tonight's game will be a battle of the broken. The Green Bay Packers are expected to be without several starters, while the San Francisco 49ers will have only three starters on offense who also played in last year’s NFC Championship Game. In other words, the Packers have no excuses this week.

Green Bay and San Francisco have never played before on Thursday night. A win for Green Bay will provide a confidence boost and hopefully get them back on the right track. They would also lead the all-time series 37-32-1, including playoffs.

The 49ers have won the last two matchups by a combined score of 74 to 28. The Packers don’t want to make it three in a row, and Matt LaFleur probably wants a win against his good friend Kyle Shanahan. Another loss would put San Francisco at 4-5 in what is arguably the best division in football. Given all their injuries, it would be a steep uphill battle to recover.

This game should be a get right game for Green Bay. The defense will essentially be facing San Francisco’s backup offense, and they have already lost multiple key starters on defense. For those expecting a rematch of two of the top teams in the NFC, this is not it.

Last year’s 49ers team was arguably the most well-rounded team in the NFL. Shanahan designed masterful game plans that even Jimmy Garoppolo could execute. Packers fans might remember the one in which Raheem Mostert ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns and ended their season.

This is not the San Francisco team from 2019, but Shanahan is still a great coach. If anyone can give Mike Pettine everything he can handle despite fielding a junior varsity team, it’s him.

Tonight, it will be Nick Mullens replacing an injured Garoppolo. For comparison’s sake, this could be like the game from two years ago on Monday Night Football. CJ Beathard was the starter that night when it took a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby to beat the 1-4 49ers.

For those worried about the run defense, Pettine is tasked with containing Jerick McKinnon. You may remember him from his time with the Vikings. McKinnon is a small but speedy back. If Green Bay takes him away, they likely win.

Speaking of backfields, the Packers won’t have Jamaal Williams or AJ Dillon. Aaron Jones will be a game-time decision after missing the last two games with a calf injury.

This outcome could come down to Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. The quarterback-wide receiver duo has been on a tear of late, connecting 26 times for 310 yards and five touchdowns in the last three games. The only plausible way Green Bay can let this game slip through their fingers if the defense implodes. It’s happened before at the mercy of this very opponent.

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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Lphill's picture

November 05, 2020 at 01:21 pm

Run Forest Run !

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Lare's picture

November 05, 2020 at 01:28 pm

It doesn't matter who the 49ers have at QB. They'll just run the ball until the Packers show they can stop it.

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ricky's picture

November 05, 2020 at 01:41 pm

This game will come down to two things. First, as Lare already pointed out, stop the 49er's run game. Second, make sure that Rodgers isn't pressured so much he becomes rattled and inaccurate. In short, don't have a second Tampa Bay debacle/meltdown. And while we're at it, it would be nice if this team showed some toughness, tenacity and urgency when they have the ball. No huddle, line up, snap the ball and throw short passes to move the chains and keep the defense on the sidelines.

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November 05, 2020 at 01:40 pm

I don't play fantasy football because I think it's beyond stupid, but I promise that if I did McKinnon would be my number 1 RB. Who cares who the 49ers starting QB is, if he can take a snap and hand a ball off successfully he'll be just fine. In all honesty, I will be more surprised with a win than a loss. I've seen this team lose to a decimated Minnesota team, and I still remember it took a last second field goal to beat a Lions team last year that was in the same shape as SF. Every time a team throws the ball against this defense they are doing GB a favor, irregardless of down and distance, and Shanahan has shown the discipline to run it every play. I'm picturing another game where GB is down 14-0 right away and falls to pieces. 35-21 SF in a game that's not even that close

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PackfanNY's picture

November 05, 2020 at 03:32 pm

I just came here looking for an injury report. Not fully available. However, no surprise but I see Kevin King is OUT already. Anyone shocked? Nah, I didn’t think so. Time for King to find another line of work. Dude is always hurt.

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cheesehead1's picture

November 05, 2020 at 03:50 pm

Can’t justify re-signing him to big $. Everyone gets injured at one time or another but he’s on a different level.

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porupack's picture

November 05, 2020 at 03:56 pm

Another win for wisconsin this week would be nice. Go pack.

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PatrickGB's picture

November 05, 2020 at 04:32 pm

I predict that the Niners will “Brad Hoover” us with Hasty and Taylor. If Lazard and Jones were playing then I would predict a win. But they are probably not.

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crayzpackfan's picture

November 05, 2020 at 04:47 pm

I’m feeling a win here. However, if our defense can’t stop the run against a depleted team and we lose, the DC needs to go. I’m not a knee jerk, hyperbolic kinda guy. But let’s be serious here, if we play soft, 10 yards off the ball, and do nothing creative or aggressive, and especially fail to make adjustments, it’s time to throw some sh$t in the fan.

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Lphill's picture

November 05, 2020 at 05:41 pm

Packers defense needs to show up and kick some ass , the offense will be fine.

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