Monday Night, when the 49ers take the field it will be in primetime, under the big lights. One of four primetime games this season. Jason Witten, the booger mobile, Joe Tessitore and bloody Aaron Rodgers in Lambeau Field. If there is ever a time you do not want to face Rodgers in Lambeau it’s after a loss to a division rival.
This game will not be pretty, it will not be for the faint of heart. I was so looking forward to this game prior to the Jimmy Garaoppolo injury. First, because my wife is a Packers fan, and the 49ers vs Packers’ divorce bowls are always fun to watch; and second, I wanted to see Garoppolo go toe to toe with one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. This would have been a great test for the Kyle Shanahan offense led by Garoppolo. But spilled milk, water under the bridge. It’s C.J. Beathard’s team and he’s our quarterback.
I’m not giving the 49ers much hope to win this game. If there is a quarterback out there great at torching secondaries, it’s Rodgers. If there is a quarterback that will truly test Richard Sherman to see how well he has recovered, it’s Rodgers. And if there is a quarterback that can make you look dumb on defense, it’s Aaron Rodgers.
But I will say this, it is 2018, and any given Sunday right, or at least Monday in this case. If the Bills can beat the Vikings on the road and if the Browns can go toe to toe with the Ravens, and if Fitzmagic can lay the voodoo on the Saints, then there is a world where the 49ers win this game.
Last Sunday Kyle Shanahan schemed together 92 plays, 33 first downs, almost 450 yards of total offense, including over 300 yards from Beathard himself. If they can just stop turning the ball over. Five times they gave the ball back to the Arizona offense. The 49ers should have won that game 42 to 21.
I believe the 49ers can move the ball on the Packers defense and that is how they can beat the Packers. Don’t turn the ball over. Move the ball up and down the field and for God’s sake keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline. But if the 49ers give the Packers offense five turnovers, it’s going to be a long night for the Red and Gold.
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