The Green Bay Packers look to continue their recent dominance over the San Francisco 49ers when the NFC rivals clash on Sunday Night Football. The Packers (1-1), who are coming off a 35-17 thrashing of the Detroit Lions on Monday night, have won three of the past four meetings with San Francisco. The 49ers (2-0), who downed the Philadelphia Eagles 17-11 last Sunday, are looking for just their second winning season over the past seven years. San Francisco finished 13-3 in 2019, earning a trip to Super Bowl LIV, where it lost to Kansas City 31-20.
Sunday's showdown is set to get underway at 8:20 p.m. ET. San Francisco is a three-point favorite in the latest Packers vs. 49ers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 50.5. Before you make any 49ers vs. Packers picks or Sunday Night Football predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.
White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest. In addition, White is 43-13 on his last 56 against the spread picks involving the Packers. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
- Packers vs. 49ers spread: San Francisco -3
- Packers vs. 49ers over-under: 50.5 points
- Packers vs. 49ers money line: Green Bay +145, San Francisco -170
- GB: The Packers are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games in September
- SF: The over is 5-1 in the 49ers' last Week 3 games
Why the 49ers can cover
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is off to a strong start. In last week's 17-11 win at Philadelphia, Garoppolo passed for 189 yards and a touchdown without throwing an interception for a rating of 100.6. He also had his third career rushing TD. He is one of three NFC quarterbacks (Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson) with no picks and a 100-plus rating in each of the first two games of the year. In his only career start against the Packers, Garoppolo passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 145.8 rating in a 37-8 win.
San Francisco has also dominated this series over the years. In fact, the 49ers are 6-3 in their last nine meetings against the Packers. San Francisco is also 4-1 in its last five games against an opponent from the NFC North.
Why the Packers can cover
After a dismal opening week which saw him throw a pair of interceptions, quarterback Aaron Rodgers rebounded in typical fashion on Monday night, passing for 255 yards and four TDs. He became just the third quarterback with 25 or more games with four or more touchdown passes and zero interceptions. In his last game against San Francisco, Rodgers passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 147.2 rating.
Rodgers has lit up the 49ers' defense throughout his career. In eight regular-season starts against San Francisco, Rodgers has passed for 2,336 yards (292 per game) and 18 touchdowns with two interceptions for a 106.9 rating. Among Rodgers' favorite targets is wide receiver Davante Adams. Adams had eight catches for 121 yards against the Lions. He had 10 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown in the last meeting with San Francisco, and will be looking for his fourth game in a row against the 49ers with a touchdown catch.
How to make Packers vs. 49ers picks
For Sunday Night Football, White is leaning over the total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing it only at SportsLine.
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