Packers vs. 49ers: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
The Green Bay Packers will be out for revenge at Candlestick Park on Sunday afternoon against the San Francisco 49ers in one the top matchups on the NFL schedule for Week 1.
Colin Kaepernick set a new NFL record for most yards rushing by a quarterback in a single game against the Packers in the playoffs last year as the 49ers embarrassed Green Bay on their way to the Super Bowl.
In response, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy sought help from Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin this offseason in an effort to become proficient at stopping the read-option.
Both teams are in Super Bowl-or-bust mode in 2013, but only one team can start out the season with a win.
Here's what you need to know about this upcoming Week 1 battle.
When: Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 49 pts.
- Spread: San Francisco (-4.5)
Packers Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Brad Jones||LB||Hamstring||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Casey Hayward||CB||Hamstring||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|Morgan Burnett||S||Hamstring||Did Not Participate In Practice||Questionable|
|Jarrett Bush||CB||Ankle||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
49ers Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|LaMichael James||RB||Knee||Did Not Participate In Practice||Questionable|
|Nnamdi Asomugha||CB||Collarbone||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
How Will the Revamped 49ers Secondary Hold Up Against Aaron Rodgers?
There are many matchups that will determine the outcome of this game. But if the Packers can attack the 49ers defense through the air, then San Francisco will be in danger of losing its home opener.
Rookie safety Eric Reid will pair up with Donte Whitner, who isn't particularly good in deep coverage. The 49ers hope Reid can replace Dashon Goldson, and so far he's looked good. But Rodgers and his receiving corps will test the rookie early and often.
Additionally, Nnamdi Asomugha will see plenty of action as the team's nickel cornerback, as the Packers love to run three-wide sets to spread out the defense.
The 49ers appear to have the talent necessary to combat Green Bay's potent aerial attack, but the secondary will be baptized by fire this weekend.
Based on what we saw last year in the playoffs, the 49ers simply have more overall talent than the Packers.
Kaepernick and the 49ers offense is capable of putting up points in a hurry and theoretically will be able to match whatever Rodgers and his offense put on the board.
Which team will win?
Both teams feature defenses that can get after the quarterback, but the 49ers have the clear edge when it comes to controlling the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense.
Frankly, I'll be surprised if the Packers win.
49ers 38, Packers 24
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