Week 9’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Packers and 49ers isn’t quite what the NFL had in mind when the schedule was drawn up. COVID-19 has resulted in a host of absences on both sides of the roster. That being said, it’s still TNF football! The game kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET on FOX and will be available via live stream on Amazon Prime.
The Packers sit at 5-2, heading the NFC North with the Chicago Bears inching just behind them at 0.625. QB Aaron Rodgers and company have performed well through their first seven games, ranking fourth in points scored and fifth in yards per offensive play. Rodgers currently ranks eighth among quarterbacks in passing yards per game and has managed three or more passing touchdowns in five of his seven games so far.
The main storyline for the 49ers, through the entire 2020 NFL Season, has been the slew of injuries. It started with a torn ACL for second-year DE Nick Bosa, and has continued to ravage on through the entirety of the offense. The team has rotated through RBs Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson Jr., Jerick McKinnon and rookie back Jamycal Hasty — only two of which are likely to be available to the team on TNF.
What about the receivers? Each of the team’s starting wideouts are ruled OUT of this contest, either due to injury or high-risk close contact to WR Kendrick Bourne, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. TE superstar George Kittle was announced with a broken bone in his foot that will keep him out likely 8 weeks — a potential season-ending injury if the 49ers don’t make a playoff run.
It’s an important matchup for each of these NFC teams, as they each remain in close competition with their respective divisions.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
If you can’t watch this game on TV, you have the option to stream the matchup on Fox Sports. If you don’t have cable, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream Thursday Night Football this week.
The game is often a little bit delayed on live streams, but usually it’s only between 30 and 60 seconds behind the TV broadcast. That can impact you if you’re on Twitter during the game, but otherwise it’s an easy option.
Injuries to note for Thursday Night Football
OUT: QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), TE George Kittle (foot), RB AJ Dillon (COVID-19), Trent Williams (COVID-19 contact), WR Brandon Aiyuk (COVID-19 contact), Kendrick Bourne (COVID-19), WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring/COVID-19), RB Tevin Coleman (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Aaron Jones (calf), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee)