NFL Week 1; 49ers vs. Packers


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The 49ers are just days away from their first regular season game on the road against the Packers. San Francisco 49ers opened as +7 ½ underdog on the road in the NFL odds. However, now they sit as +5 ½ point underdogs just days before kickoff.

The 49ers played well this preseason, going 3-1. The offense looked better every time out, and the defense looked good as well. The 49ers only gave up an average of 10 first half points per game in their four-preseason contests.

They have a giant test out of the gate against the Packers. Green Bay arguably has the best pass attack in the NFL, so San Francisco’s secondary is going to have to be sharp. However, they should be up to the task. The 49ers were solid against the pass last season.

To win this game is going to be tough for San Francisco. The Packers pose probably the biggest match up problem of any of the other 31 teams in the NFL. The Packers can score and score quickly. Plus, they almost never run the ball. Even though they got Cedric Benson, they still will pass. Last season, Aaron Rodgers attempted over 500 passes, and only played in 15 games.

Dashon Goldson, is going to be key in this game. Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are going to have their hands full with Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, so Goldson will be key in providing help. The linebackers will also have to worry about Jermichael Finley.

This is a winnable game for San Francisco. However, they will have to be at the top of their game to win on the road in Green Bay.

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