The San Francisco 49ers (1-4) will head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers (2-2) on Monday Night Football (October 15th at 8:15pm EST). The Packers opened as 9.5-point favorites.
The 49ers are averaging an uninspiring 23.6 PPG (16th). But they could very easily escape the mediocrity if they’d just cut the turnovers. San Francisco has committed 11 turnovers this season (31st), which includes five last week against the Cardinals.
CJ Beathard is on the hook for six of those turnovers – four interceptions and two fumbles lost. The second-year pro has just been too careless with the football since taking over under center for Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 4.
The 49ers may be down another play-maker in Week 6, as Matt Breida (369 rushing yards on 49 carries) exited last Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. If the 23-year-old is unable to go, Alfred Morris will have to shoulder the load.
San Francisco’s defense has to be getting annoyed with their offense, too. The 49ers are surrendering 29.2 points per game, ranking 29th in the league. But they actually rank 11th in total defense, only giving up 348.4 yards per game.
If they weren’t thrown out into so many bad situations, it’s hard to image them allowing so many points.
The offense San Francisco will see in Week 6 has not performed to their standards. Green Bay is only scoring 23 points per game (19th), but Aaron Rodgers and their 10th-ranked passing attack cannot be faulted for their struggles in putting the ball in the end zone.
The QB has thrown for 1,572 yards with a 10:1 touchdown to interception ratio (100.1 passer rating).
Davante Adams has played the part of Rodgers’ favorite receiver, pulling down 37 passes for 425 yards and four TDs.
But this offense won’t ever be feared until they get more from their 19th-ranked running game. Facing a 49ers defense this week that gives up 94.6 yards per game on the ground (7th), this probably won’t be the game to get Jamaal Williams/Aaron Jones rolling – unless we see a lot of garbage time carries.
Defensively, the Packers are a pretty average group. They allow 22.8 points per game, ranking 15th in the league. They’ve been decent against the run, surrendering 105.0 rushing yards per game (17th). Green Bay has enjoyed much more success defending the pass, though, only ceding 208.8 yards per game through the air (the second-fewest in the NFL).