San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers Preview and Predictions 10-15-2018

The Green Bay Packers have stumbled badly in both of their road games, but they will be hoping the home crowd will help provide an offensive spark when they host the struggling San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. Slow starts continue to plague the Packers, who fell into a 24-point hole on the road against NFC North rival Detroit last week en route to a 31-23 defeat.

Green Bay also trailed by 18 points at halftime in a loss at Washington in Week 3 and was down 17 points at the break versus Chicago in the season opener before Aaron Rodgers led a stirring comeback in the fourth quarter. "I feel like if we can get off to a better start on offense, it makes the entire squad play with a different type of confidence," Rodgers told reporters. "We need to lead from the front as an offense and as a team, and give our defense an opportunity to pin their ears back and get after the quarterback and make them a little more one-dimensional." That could happen against San Francisco, which already has lost starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and No. 1 running back Jerick McKinnon and could be missing current top rusher Matt Breida for the prime-time clash. "I know we've been through some adversity," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters. "It's never easy. It definitely gets harder when you do have injuries and things like that. But we have people in here who can win games."

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Packers -9.5. O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE 49ERS (1-4): Shanahan noted that eight of the team's 11 offensive players did not practice Wednesday and, while he did not officially rule out Breida, veteran Alfred Morris is expected to receive a heavy workload in the backfield. C.J. Beathard has thrown for two touchdowns and two interceptions in each of his first two starts but could get a boost with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin expected to return to the lineup. Goodwin has been limited to parts of three games but would represent another key target to go along with tight end George Kittle, who has a team-leading 33 receptions. San Francisco is 10th overall in defense but is allowing 29.2 points per game.

ABOUT THE PACKERS (2-2-1): Rodgers sat out Thursday's practice for what he termed a "setback" in his knee, which he originally hurt in Green Bay's season opener against Chicago. The injury notwithstanding, Rodgers has thrown for 10 touchdowns against only one interception and is coming off a season-best 442-yard performance at Detroit despite the absences of wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, who both were limited in practice this week. Davante Adams made nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown versus the Lions, giving him 37 receptions and four scores on the season. The Packers rank fourth overall in total defense and are No. 2 against the pass (208.8 yards per game).


1. Rodgers is 8-0-1 in his last nine home starts, throwing 22 TD passes and three interceptions.

2. San Francisco has registered a league-best 48 wins on Monday Night Football, including nine in a row.

3. Packers LB Clay Matthews has recorded 4.5 sacks in his last three games versus the 49ers.

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Last Injuries

Green Bay Packers

  • Tyler Ervin

    Prob Sun | probable

    Ervin was lifted from the last game due to a concussion, but he is likely to pass protocol in time for Sunday's battle versus the Saints.

  • Randy Ramsey

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ramsey has been unavailable for the past two games due to a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Saints on Sunday.

  • Lane Taylor

    I-R | I-R

    Taylor has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a right knee injury.

  • Corey Linsley

    Prob Sun | probable

    Linsley left the last game due to a right thumb sprain, but he is expected to suit up versus the Saints on Sunday.

  • Equanimeous St. Brown

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    St. Brown has ended up on the injured reserve list with knee injury, and it is unknown when he will return to the fold.

  • Kenny Clark

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Clark missed the last game with a groin injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Saints on Sunday.

  • Montravius Adams

    Prob Sun | probable

    Adams has a toe injury, but he is projected to play against the Saints on Sunday.

  • Davante Adams

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Adams made an early exit during the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday against the Saints.

San Francisco 49ers

  • Jason Verrett

    Prob Sun | probable

    Verrett has been held out of the past two games due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to take the field against the Giants on Sunday.

  • Solomon Thomas

    I-R | I-R

    Thomas has popped up on the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL in his left knee.

  • Raheem Mostert

    Out Sun | out

    Mostert was removed from the previous game with a mild sprain of the MCL in his knee, and he will not play against the Giants on Sunday.

  • Dre Greenlaw

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Greenlaw has thigh contusion, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's battle versus the Giants.

  • D.J. Jones

    Prob Sun | probable

    Jones is nursing an ankle injury, but he is projected to be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Giants.

  • George Kittle

    Prob Sun | probable

    Kittle missed the last game due to a knee sprain, but he is likely to take part in Sunday's matchup versus the Giants.

  • Tevin Coleman

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Coleman has been ticketed for the injured reserve list with a knee sprain and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Dee Ford

    Out indefinitely | out

    Ford is sidelined with a back injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.