Green Bay at San Francisco Preseason Week 3 Lines & Free Pick
The Green Bay Packers are one of a handful of 2-0 teams in the NFL preseason but both those wins were at home. They play their first road game of the exhibition season on Friday night in San Francisco and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make his 2016 debut. The game is a pick’em on NFL lines.
Here’s a Closer Look at the Green Bay vs San Francisco Preseason Week 3 Lines, Free Pick & TV Info
When: Friday, Aug. 26, 10 PM ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco
TV: check local listings
Radio: Green Bay / San Francisco
Opening NFL Lines: Pick’em (46.5)
Green Bay vs San Francisco Historic Betting Trends
Green Bay has played the 49ers eight times since 2008, with five matchups coming during the regular season, two in the postseason and one during the preseason. The Packers and 49ers have met four times during the preseason, with Green Bay’s only win coming at San Francisco in 1959 (24-17).
Dating to 1970, the Packers have played a preseason game in the state of California nine times, with their last trip taking place in 2012 when the team traveled to San Diego. Of those nine, the Packers only won twice, with both wins coming against the Oakland Raiders, 37-24 in 1997 and 37-7 in 1970.
Last regular season, Green Bay visited San Francisco in Week 4 and won 17-3. Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, and ran 17 yards to set up a key second-half score. Eddie Lacy ran for 90 yards and converted two fourth downs. Colin Kaepernick went 13 for 25 for 160 yards and a 55.4 passer rating for the Niners. Carlos Hyde was held to 20 yards on eight carries.
Why Bet Green Bay?
Green Bay is 2-0 in the preseason for the first time since 2009, when it started 3-0 and it did that without Rodgers. But he’ll be the starter Friday, although he might not play for too long because he knows the Green Bay offense backward and forward. This will also be the only action he see’s during the preseason. The Packers do have one more preseason game, which will be against the Chiefs on Sept. 1. However, Rodgers has not played in a preseason finale since 2012.
“Aaron has been very sharp in practice,” offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. “We haven’t discussed what the exact playtime will be, but I’m sure he’ll play. I anticipate that he’ll be sharp. But really you have to be moving around quicker than you do in practice. It tests your stamina a little bit more; you have to get used to that. You have to get used to — get re-acclimated to the speed of the game because as I said it’s different than practice.”
You won’t see backup QB Brett Hundley, who probably would have played a lot, because he reinjured an ankle last week. He hopes to play in the fourth preseason game. No. 1 receiver Jordy Nelson probably will miss another game as he returns from a knee injury, although he did return to practice this week. Nelson says he is on track to play Week 1.
Meanwhile, one position battle has been resolved in camp. Coach Mike McCarthy has announced that JC Tretter earned the starting spot at center over incumbent Corey Linsley, who is on the PUP list because of a hamstring injury.
Why Bet San Francisco?
The 49ers have a QB battle between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, but it appears that Gabbert is way ahead because Kaepernick hasn’t played yet this preseason due to a fatigued arm/shoulder. But he’s expected to on Friday in likely his last chance to influence Coach Chip Kelly. Kaepernick has gotten no game action since last Nov. 1. Gabbert, who has received all of the first-team snaps, hasn’t been spectacular in the preseason, but Kelly has praised him for not throwing an interception and not being sacked.
“We’re going to take the full time that we have to evaluate and make sure we have the right decision on who our quarterback’s going to be,” Kelly said. “Our plan is to build (Kaepernick) up this week and see if we can play him on Friday.”
One of the notable differences between last year’s 49ers squad and the 2016 tea is this year’s defense is performing much better. Especially in the secondary. But the Niners haven’t faced an elite-level quarterback in Houston or Denver.
The offensive line also has looked solid, allowing only two sacks. 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis says he spent all but about three reps with the first team at right guard in Tuesday’s practice. He’s unsure if he will play there on Friday but indicated that the move is shaping up to be something permanent. He had played tackle in 2014 before taking a one-year sabbatical.
My Free Pick
No question the Packers are the better team, but Rodgers won't play too long. Go 49ers and the under
in online NFL odds.