There are some NFL games where you fully expect one team to win – and win with ease.
Such is the case with tonight’s Packers-49ers game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Packers, by all accounts, should chew up and spit out the hapless 49ers, who figure to be in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft.
The Packers are clearly superior to the 49ers in every phase of the game and, if they stay focused, should have a cozy lead by halftime. The Packers figure to take advantage of young and unproven 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard.
In a league where there are a spate of top-flight quarterbacks – did you know there are 14 quarterbacks with a passer rating of at least 100, including Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (100.1)? – Beathard isn’t one of them.
Beathard, who has replaced the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, has a passer rating of 80.2 – 32nd in the league. In each of his last two games as starter, against the Cardinals and the Chargers, he has had two passes picked off. Definitely not good.
If that isn’t enough, the 49ers top running back, Matt Breida, is hampered by ankle and shoulder injuries and is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. In the last two games, Breida had a 56 yards against Arizona and a paltry 39 against the Chargers.
The Packers also have plenty of incentive to play well. With a W, they would go into their bye week with a 3-2-1 record. After the bye week, their first three games are against the Rams (6-0), the Patriots (4-2) – both on the road – and Dolphins (4-2).
The Packer simply can’t take this game lightly just like the Vikings did against the Bills a few weeks ago in suffering an embarrassing 27-6 setback. And I suspect they won’t.
Prediction: Packers 30, 49ers 16.