Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers
Outside of a fourth-quarter wobble, the 49ers were dominant in Week 1. Sure, they were playing the Lions so they should be winning that game, but Kyle Shanahan’s team looked much closer to their Super Bowl run than what we saw last year.
Even with Raheem Mostert going down with injury, rookie running back Elijah Mitchell stepped up and performed well, averaging 5.5 yards per carry for a San Francisco offense that piled up 131 yards on the ground.
When the 49ers chose to throw the ball, they did with great success, putting up 319 passing yards and two touchdowns.
We can’t judge the Packers’ defense on one performance, but based on the season opener along with last year, I’m not too confident they will be able to slow down the 49ers. The 49ers have a strong offensive line, run game, and receivers who are good after the catch, and the Packers could spend much of the evening chasing shadows.
While it won’t get as bad as the NFC title game two years ago when Jimmy Garoppolo only attempted eight passes, this is a tough early-season battle for the Packers, and one they could fall short in.
Not as bad a performance as in Week 1, but the Packers lose their second game.
San Francisco 27, Green Bay 21 (1-2)