3. Defense scores a touchdown
The Packers’ defense has 11 takeaways on the season, tied for fourth-most in the NFL. One thing that eludes them is a defensive touchdown. They’ve made seven interceptions and forced four fumbles; it’s only a matter of time before one is returned all the way for a touchdown.
And in a game like this one, the Packers might need one of those big plays from their defense. It’s hard to imagine the offense will be able to find the same kind of rhythm if they’re without their top three receivers and two tight ends, so Mike Pettine’s defense might need to make their biggest play of the season to date.
The defense is bound to take one to the house at some stage. The Patriots, for example, have 16 takeaways this season, three of which have resulted in defensive touchdowns, according to The Football Database. The 49ers’ defense has forced 12 turnovers and has scored two defensive touchdowns.
At some point this season, the Packers will score a defensive touchdown. They have the talent and are forcing turnovers. One with either result in an excellent return to take it to the end zone or the takeaway will happen in the opponents’ side of the field, leading to an easy score.
I’m predicting the Packers’ defense will get their first touchdown of the season against the Raiders.