San Francisco 49ers (+7) @ Green Bay Packers: I know the Packers beat the Cowboys last week, making them look downright pathetic on offense, and less than impressive on defense, but 7 points? Against a pretty legit 49ers team that has a pretty solid resume despite being 4-5 on the season? Really? It’s not like Green Bay came out and kicked the Colts around or ousted the Patriots or dominated the Saints – they beat a Dallas team known for pooping the bed on any given week. Big deal.
These Packers have one single win against a team with a winning record, and that just happened to come last week against Dallas. Before that, the Packers best win was Chicago. Yeah. They beat the Bears 21-15 in Green Bay, other than that, what do Detroit, Cleveland, and St. Louis do for you? Can you say 3 of the 4 worst teams in football? (The Raiders inevitably get into any “worst” lists, so I can’t justify leaving them out here). These Packers even lost to Tampa Bay (and thus nobody will go winless this season, how kind of them).
Against teams that really commit to running the ball (like the 49ers), the Packers are 0-3 (Minnesota twice and Cincinnati). Plus, did I mention they were slammed by 10 in Tampa freaking Bay?
The 49ers have lost 4 of their last 5 after starting the season 3-1. But they’ve been blown out one time (Atlanta). They lost to Houston by a field goal, Indy by 4 points, and Tennessee by a touchdown. Their first loss came when Brett Favre threw a 40 yards laser/hail marry touchdown as time expired in Minnesota. The Niners can play with anyone. Even the Packers. San Fran is 3-0-1 ATS on the road, and they’ve had to go up against Arizona, Minnesota, Houston, and Indy in those road games.