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Why you should take the Packers against the spread on MNF

The Packers face a severely depleted 49ers team on Thursday Night Football.

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 01, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers for Tuesday Night Football. It will be a rematch of the NFC Championship game, but between Aaron Rodgers and Nick Mullens instead of Jimmy Garoppolo. In total, there will be zero 49ers who touched the ball in that game who will be active for tonight’s game.

The Packers come into this matchup 5-2 and first in the NFC North while the 49ers are at 4-4 and last in the NFC West. The 49ers have been hit extremely hard by injuries on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and it has been a constant stream of unfortunate events for the team.

Last week they lost Jimmy Garoppolo again, as he re-injured his ankle and George Kittle fractured his foot, pushing him out for eight weeks. Then, on Wednesday, Kendrick Bourne tested positive for Covid-19 while Deebo Samuel was already out with a hamstring injury.

The Packers aren’t without their troubles, as A.J. Dillon tested positive for Covid-19, which in turn also pushed Jamaal Williams out of the picture. Aaron Jones is a game-time decision and is badly needed, as Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin haven’t proven they can be counted on in this kind of situation.

The Packers are road favorites in this game, as they are favored by 6-points, while the total is set at 49.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

ATS Pick: Packers

If the 49ers didn’t have Kyle Shanahan leading the way, they’d be dead in the water right now, but he finds a way to make the best out of an awful situation and somehow win games. But, this week, the situation looks to dire for even Shanahan. Nick Mullens is has flashes of strong play, but then he’ll play so poorly he’s benched for C.J. Beathard.

The running back situation doesn’t look all that promising either, as James Hasty couldn’t get much going last week against Seattle and Jerrick McKinnon has “tired legs” according to Shanahan. Then there’s no Kittle, Bourne or Samuel? The next man up scenario can only work as long as that next man up can beat the guy on the other side of the ball and we may have fallen too far down the depth chart for that to be a likely scenario.

Then, when we add in just how well Aaron Rodgers has been playing, I don’t think six-points is a number the 49ers can overcome.

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