The Green Bay Packers (3-0) will head to Santa Clara, California to face the San Francisco 49ers (1-2) on Sunday afternoon at 3:25 p.m. This game will be on Fox and is America’s Game of the Week.

These two teams will meet for the 66th time with Green Bay leading the series 34-30-1. However, the series has seen dominance by the 49ers in previous years, as they have won the last four meetings, including two in the playoffs.

This year, the game might mean a little more to the Packers, as they are 3-0 headed into the stadium that will be the site of Super Bowl 50.

The Packers are coming off an impressive 38-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The Packers’ first possession was a quick three and out, but after that, the offense got going in a big way. The Packers scored on their next two drives and led 24-7 by the end of the half.

Aaron Rodgers was again incredible going 24-of-35 for 333 yards and 5 touchdowns (his fourth 5 touchdown game of his career). His first touchdown pass of the night was also the first career touchdown for rookie Ty Montgomery out of Stanford.

When asked about the ceiling for the team, Rodgers said,

“We are just scratching the surface.”

With your star player saying something like that, as a Packers fan, you have to be more and more excited every week he steps on the field.

In the second half, it was much of the same as Rodgers marched down the field and threw a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on the first possession, Cobb finished with 3 touchdowns.

The Chiefs did end up scoring 21 points in the second half and the score is reflective of that. The final score though doesn’t give the game justice, as Green Bay was dominant all night.

The Chiefs were unable to get much going as quarterback Alex Smith went 24-of-40 for 290 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Pro-Bowl running back Jamaal Charles did score three times, but only ran the ball 11 times for 49 yards. The Packers defense played well for the second straight week, which included 7 sacks on Smith along with the one interception.

For the San Francisco 49ers, they will look to get back on the winning side of things. They started the season with a very good week 1 win over the Minnesota Vikings, but have been blown out the past two weeks at Pittsburgh and at Arizona.

The 49ers had a very tough offseason when a number of players retired or went to different teams, also firing their coach Jim Harbaugh who is now coach at his alma mater, University of Michigan.

Players that are no longer with the 49ers include: Frank Gore (Colts), Chris Culliver (Redskins), Mike Iupati (Cardinals), Michael Crabtree (Raiders), Patrick Willis (Retirement), and Chris Borland (Retirement).

With all of those losses, they still have a threat at quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who has thrown for 567 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, including 3 in last weeks game in Arizona.

The game against Green Bay will be another opportunity for the 49ers to show they are actually a good team despite losses on offense and defense.

Keys for Green Bay:

  1. Get off to quick start: If Green Bay can score on their first few possessions, it will quiet down the crowd and take the confidence out of the 49ers team.
  2. Rest injured stars: With injuries to wide receiver Davante Adams, running back Eddie Lacy and a number of top players, this is a game where Packers should be fine with resting their starters and playing some backups.
  3. Slow Down Kaepernick: Ever since Colin Kaepernick has played for the 49ers, he has been a nightmare for Dom Cappers and the Green Bay defense. Being able to slow down or even stop the read option is going to be huge for the Packers.

Keys for San Francisco:

  1. Feed of crowd: This has been a key for Green Bay the last two weeks, but with San Francisco playing at home, the 49ers faithful will need to be in full force to help their team.
  2. Make read option happen: The Packers have struggled against the read option in the past and if Kaepernick is on his game it can give the Packers a headache trying to defend it.
  3. Get lucky: There aren’t too many things the 49ers will be able to do to stop Aaron Rodgers, but if they can get some tipped passes or big stops on third downs and in the red zone they might be able to pull of the upset.

This is a game that Green Bay is expected to dominate and that is exactly what they will do, my prediction Green Bay 42 San Francisco 13.

Podcast Record (12-5)

Week 4 NFL Picks

Ravens over Steelers (No Big Ben)
Jets over Dolphins (Dolphins look terrible, Jets will get back on track)
Bills over Giants (Should be a good game to watch)
Panthers over Bucs
Raiders over Bears
Bengals over Chiefs
Falcons over Texans (No quarterback for Texans and Falcons coming off emotional win vs. Cowboys)
Colts over Jaguars
Eagles over Redskins
Chargers over Browns (Browns players not trusting decisions with McCown)
Broncos over Vikings
Cardinals over Rams (Cards continue to look strong, Palmer stays healthy)
Cowboys over Saints (Luke McCown looked good, but Cowboys defense shuts him down)
Seahawks over Lions

(Podcast Picks in BOLD)

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