NFL; Packers vs. 49ers


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The Packers are just days away from their regular season debut against the Packers. Green Bay opened as -7 ½ favorites at home in the NFL odds. However, now they sit as -5 ½ favorites just days ago.

Green Bay lost their first two preseason games, but bounced back in the latter two and won those easily. Aaron Rodgers and the offense have both looked pretty boog. With the exception of the first preseason game against the Chargers, Rodgers has thrown 19/35 in the preseason for 218 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

The Packers seem to have taken a different approach to the preseason this year. In the last several years, the Packers have traditionally done well in the preseason, going 3-1 or better. This season, it seems like Mike McCarthy has turned over a new leaf. He has played his starters less this season.

They have a tough task Week 1, as the defending NFC runners up, the 49ers come to town. They feature a tough defense, but the Packers match up well against San Francisco. The 49ers are best when playing a run based team, and the Packers run the ball about as much as a soccer teams scored goals.

The Packers are a solid home team. Green Bay has won 14 of their last 15 home games, and 21 of their last 23 overall. This one should be rather entertaining, much like the Packers opening night game against the Saints was last season. I expect more than one lead change in this game, and for the Packers to have plenty of points on the board.

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