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Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers - 9/8/13

Green Bay Packers (11-5) at San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm (Candlestick Park)

The Line: San Francisco 49ers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds


The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers kickoff the regular season in one of the week’s most anticipated encounters from Candlestick Park in San Fran. The Packers are looking for a more favorable outcome this season after bowing out prematurely last year, while the Niners will look to avenge a heartbreaking loss in the Super Bowl to the Ravens.

The Green Bay Packers head into the 2013-2014 season as one of the NFC favorites once again as they return a number of key pieces to an offense that has had an extra offseason and training camp together, but they face a stiff test right away as they travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers. Aaron Rodgers is undoubtedly one of the best quarterbacks in the league and the receiving corps led by Randall Cobb, James Jones, and Jordy Nelson make up one of the deepest units in the game when they’re firing on all cylinders. However, the x-factor for the Packers this year could be the play of rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who is coming off a National Championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide and he gives the Pack an immediate upgrade in the backfield, which could make the difference for the Packers this season.

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Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers - 9/8/13

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San Francisco, meanwhile, was one play away from winning the Super Bowl last season and you can be sure they’ll use that disappointment as motivation this season and what better way to start the year than against one of the league’s best teams? The Niners are all in with Colin Kaepernick after they dealt former starter and first overall pick Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, but with the sample size we saw from Kaepernick last year, it is evident the Niners made the right call. The loss of Michael Crabtree for most of the season does hurt the Niners on offense, but Frank Gore continues to prove he is a workhorse on the ground and the acquisition of Anquan Boldin should fill the void through the air left by Crabtree. This is a very tight contest as indicated by the line and while I’m tempted to take the Packers, I’m still not convinced they have enough weapons on defense to contain the Niners, whereas San Fran is a juggernaut on D and that should be the difference in this game. That being said, I think the line is a little inflated considering the talent in this game and the strength of San Fran’s game will be running the ball and keeping Rodgers off the field. Like the Pack to keep it within a field goal.

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