After tying their prime-time record in Week 2, the Green Bay Packers (1-1) will be on the road to play another prime-time game against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers (2- 0) Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium.
Here’s how the Packers Wire staff think the Week 3 clash with the 49ers will play out:
Zach Kruse (1-1): 49ers 34, Packers 31
It is assumed here that the Packers move the ball and score points against the 49ers defense, even with question marks on the left tackle. The 49ers allow 5.0 yards per rushing rush and don’t have much talent as a cornerback. There’s just no confidence here in the Packers’ ability to stop what the 49ers like to do on offense. Another blowout in this game is possible if the Packers aren’t competitive along the line of scrimmage, but I expect a back-and-forth battle with plenty of points. The Prediction: Kyle Shanahan beats Joe Barry one too many times and the Packers lose.
Jack Wepfer (1-1): 49ers 31, Packers 17
There have been some very poor performances by the Packers in San Francisco in prime time in recent years. With Elgton Jenkins unlikely to leave, I see a 49ers defense who will be able to launch a Packers offense that might struggle to execute their offense. The Packers really need this game to show that this team are as talented on paper as we thought they were at the start of the season; the 49ers aren’t going anywhere after all. Having said that, it is hard to believe in this defense until proven guilty. It might be a big “proven wrong” game, but I’ll go with the standard defensive streak for Green Bay. Eric Stokes could consolidate the other side of the cover, but there are too many stopping and rushing questions left that I unfortunately have to give the 49ers.
Brandon Carwile (1-1): 49ers 34, Packers 20
This Packers team is nowhere near reaching its final form. The defense performed much better in the second half last week, but that’s Kyle Shanahan we’re talking about. He’s going to exploit Joe Barry like no other and I could easily see San Francisco score 40 points. Meanwhile, not having Elgton Jenkins is a nightmare for Green Bay. Billy Turner held up well in LT in last year’s playoffs, but expects the Packers to fight to get out and fall early. They end up getting something on offense later in the game, however, it’s too little too late.
Joe Kipp (1-1): 49ers 30, Packers 20
No matter who the 49ers are running back, Kyle Shanahan’s system is the kryptonite of Green Bay’s defense. Elijah Mitchell and Ja’Mycal Hasty have already been left out, leaving rookie Trey Sermon in line for a bigger role in the racing game. We all remember Raheem Mostert’s performance in the 2019 NFC Championship game. I’m not calling for a big Sermon game, but the Packers’ defense will have to stop the race if they are to have any chance of winning this game. .