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How To Bet On 49ers Packers – 49ers, Packers Kick Off Season With Potential Championship Game Preview

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/5/2012 6:49:11 PM

The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers are each expected to contend for a Super Bowl this season, so what better way to kick off the NFL season than with a potential NFC Championship game preview? The Packers nearly completed the perfect regular season a year ago only to fall short when it mattered the most, while San Francisco burst on to the scene in Jim Harbaugh’s first season as head coach and made it to within one win of competing in the Super Bowl. Consistency will be the key for the 49ers as they look to avenge that NFC Championship game loss, and a big win over a rival NFC contender would be the perfect start to either team’s sports betting season.

San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers
Sunday September 9, 2012 – 4:25 PM ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
NFL Betting Line: Green Bay Packers – 5

The fact that the Packers open the season as five-point favorites against a team considered one of their biggest threats in the NFC is testament to their potential. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense were the best in the NFL a year ago, and if the defense can take a step forward this season there will be no reason to bet against this team.

NFL Betting Preview: San Francisco 49ers

Many people forget that the 49ers actually chose Alex Smith ahead of Rodgers in the 2005 NFL draft, and it’s amazing when you consider how much that one decision has impacted the two franchises ever since. Harbaugh was able to get enough out of Smith last season to prove that not all is lost in the former No. 1 overall pick, and gave him plenty of new weapons to work with this season in free agents Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and rookie AJ Jenkins. Even with the receiver upgrades the offense will continue to be a run-first group with Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs, and rookie LaMichael James in a deep running back stable. San Francisco fielded one of the league’s best defenses a year ago, and if the offense can take another step forward under Harbaugh there is potential for this team to accomplish big things.

NFL Betting Preview: Green Bay Packers

It will be interesting to see what Rodgers has in store for an encore after throwing for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns, especially considering all of the weapons he still has around him with another full year of experience together. The Packers are banking that using their first six picks in the draft will help shore up a defense that was easily the worst in the NFL last season, and even a moderate improvement in that area will be huge for a team favored by the online sportsbook sites to win the Super Bowl.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

While a lot of the talk this season has been about whether or not Green Bay has improved enough on the defensive side of the ball to challenge for a Super Bowl, the 49ers still haven’t proved they can consistently move the ball through the air and until they do it might not be worth the risk. The 49ers’ defense benefited from playing in a weak NFC West division last year and still finished in the bottom-half of the NFL against the pass, and that could cause problems against Rodgers and the league’s best passing game.

NFL Betting Pick: Green Bay Packers


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