Week 4 Preview: San Francisco 49ers v. Green Bay Packers



With the San Francisco 49ers (1-2) looking to bounce back from a two-game losing streak, it won’t be easy as they face a Super Bowl contender in the Green Bay Packers (3-0).

Led by two-time NFL Most Valuable Player QB Aaron Rodgers who continues to pace the NFL in touchdown passes with 10, it will be up to the 49ers defense to set the tone if they hope of making this a winnable game.


A task easier said than done, as the 49ers defense has struggled with both their pass rush and coverage, there is no question the unit will need to raise their level of play today. Even Hall of Fame DB Ronnie Lott voiced his displeasure with the team as he gave them words of encouragement via his facebook video.

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So what should the Forever Faithful expect from the 49ers defense this time around? Until they prove me otherwise, I just don’t see them having a very good performance for the third consecutive week.


I can easily see the Packers taking a commanding two possession lead early in the second-quarter, leaving the 49ers to play catch up once again behind QB Colin Kaepernick’s arm. The 49ers secondary is downright awful when it comes to covering wide receivers as they rank dead last in yards-per-reception as they allow a whopping 17.5 yards per pass completion.

This is not a good matchup for the 49ers defensive backs who will go up against two very good wide receivers in touchdown machine WR James Jones and shifty WR Randall Cobb.

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Remember the 49ers drafted DB Jimmie Ward last season primarily to cover the slot, so why do they have CB Tramaine Brock relishing that role today? I think it’s safe to say that they don’t have many options, leaving the team at a disadvantage as they face this high-powered offense.

If the Packers jump to an early lead, look for Packers RB Eddie Lacy to then chew up valuable clock time as they win the battle of time of possession.

However, if the 49ers can somehow generate a couple touchdowns in the first-half and keep up with Rodgers’ high-flying passing attack, this game should be a good one — and it will need to start with the running game.



The 49ers must impose their will down in the trenches on the left side. Let’s be honest, the 49ers won’t be able to muster much of a running game running behind G Jordan Devey and RT Erik Pears, so let’s just hope LT Joe Staley and LG Alex Boone can get the job done up-front for second-year RB Carlos Hyde.

But it won’t be easy as the team will be without their best run-blocking TE Vernon Davis  who has been ruled out with a ‘knee injury.’

With Davis out that will give TE Garrett Celek his first start of the 2015 season. And despite Celek not being a deep receiving threat, look for Kaepernick to instead target WR Torrey Smith as Packers S Morgan Burnett has also been ruled out for today’s game.

With the 49ers trying to get back in the win column, I just don’t see that happening as they face a very formidable foe. Two teams who are going in opposite directions, look for the Packers to win this game convincingly as I predict a score of 30-13.

Vegas Odds

NinerFans.com 2-1 (Over/Under)

With the total points set at 48, I would take the under. A game in which I foresee the Packers scoring at will it may be the exact opposite for a struggling 49ers offense.

NinerFans.com 1-2 (line)

With the 49ers being -7 point underdogs, I would take the Packers.

Fantasy Football (4/9)

As you know we select three players each game who we think will score touchdowns (quarterbacks omitted). Here are this week’s picks.

RB Eddie Lacy

WR James Jones

WR Randall Cobb


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