San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers will face each other in the third round of the NFL 2021 season on Sunday evening. The home side heads to this game with a 2-0 record, and they want to continue their winning streak. The visitors opened the campaign with a defeat but managed to bounce back last weekend.
San Francisco managed to get back home from Philadelphia with a victory on Week 2 and make a good start into the season. They hope for a better campaign this time, as the hosts had a poor 6-10 record last time. On the other hand, Green Bay managed to record their first win in the previous round, as they were better than the Lions. The Packers eye the playoff spot again and hope for another great regular season after finishing 13-3 last time.
San Francisco 49ers – Can they keep the perfect record?
The 49ers go to this match full of confidence after celebrating twice at the start of the season. Considering the preseason, the hosts won four times in a row, and they want to keep up where they left off. They played both matches on the road and were better than the Lions in the opening round and the Eagles last weekend. San Francisco plays for the first time in front of their crowd this season, and they want to give them a reason to celebrate.
Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 189 yards and a TD on 22-30 while adding 20 rushing yards and a score. JaMycal Hasty rushed for 38 yards, while Elijah Mitchell had 32 rushing yards. However, these two players got injured, as well as Trey Sermon, who had a concussion. With six grabs on 93 yards, Deebo Samuel led the 49ers, while their offense logged 117 rushing yards and a score on 38 carries. On the other hand, San Francisco’s defense allowed only 177 passing yards while Nick Bosa logged a pair of sacks. The rushing defense faced 29 carries and allowed 151 yards and a score, while Fred Warner had seven tackles.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Trey Sermon, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Trent Sherfield, George Kittle, Kyle Juszczyk, Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson, Alex Mack, Daniel Brunskill, Mike McGlinchey
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dee Ford, Kentavius Street, D.J. Jones, Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, Azeez Al-Shaair, Marcell Harris, K’Waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt, Jimmie Ward, Deommodore Lenoir
Quarter Back: Jimmy Garoppolo
Kicker: Robbie Gould
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Green Bay Packers – Is their form on the rise?
The Packers had a terrible season opener, as they lost to the Saints 38-3. However, they managed to improve in Week 2, beating the Lions 35-17. Green Bay’s offense bounced back after a very poor display in the first match of the regular season. Aaron Rodgers put a fine display, a completely different one from what we saw against the Saints.
Rodgers passed for 255 yards and four TDs on 22-27, showing that he can lead the offense and be the key player in another attempt to challenge for the Super Bowl. Davante Adams had eight grabs for 121 yards, while Aaron Jones rushed for 67 yards and a score. Robert Tonyan added three receptions for 52 yards with a touchdown. De’Vondre Campbell led the Packers’ defense with ten solo tackles, a team-high 13 total tackles, and one interception. Green Bay’s rushing defense allowed 108 yards on 19 carries, while their passing defense gave up on 236 yards and two scores.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan, Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan, Josh Myers, Royce Newman, Billy Turner
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark, Kingsley Keke, Preston Smith, De’Vondre Campbell, Krys Barnes, Jonathan Garvin, Jaire Alexander, Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Kevin King
Quarter Back: Aaron Rodgers
Kicker: Mason Crosby
Expert Pick #1 – Green Bay Packers +3.5 @-115
The Niners looked very good in the last match, and Jimmy G showed he has a talent for the biggest stage. However, I wouldn’t bet against the prime Rodgers, and if he repeats the last week’s performance, the Packers could cover the spread. Therefore, I’ll go with Green Bay ATS as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 50 @-110
The Packers went Over five times on the previous six occasions, while their nine head-to-head clashes went over in the last 12 encounters. We might see a similar scenario in this match, and my second tip is Over 50 at the totals market.
Expert Pick #3 – The Packers Over 10.5 in the 1st half @+100
The odds on this one caught my eye, as there might be a value backing the Packers to score Over 10.5 in the first half. They managed it against the Lions, and since I anticipate an efficient match, the same should be the case against the Niners. I’ll go with this bet as my third pick for this matchup.