When NFL schedulers put this game on the Monday Night football slate, they probably envisioned another matchup between an accomplished veteran in Aaron Rodgers versus a young star in Jimmy Garoppolo.
They get a young gun versus veteran matchup, but second-year passer CJ Beathard won’t provide the same excitement as the injured Jimmy G. San Francisco will play things much closer to the vest with their young backup quarterback, even against the explosiveness of the Packers offense.
San Francisco’s running game will also be muted as they go to their third option, Alfred Morris, and the much-traveled youngster, Raheem Mostert. Matt Breida will miss the game with an ankle injury after taking over for injured Jerick McKinnon.
Aaron Rodgers hopes to have Geronimo Allison and possibly Randall Cobb back for Monday night’s game. He managed to have a big game with Davante Adams and a trio of rookie wide receivers but will be more consistent with his regular starters.
Jimmy Graham is growing into his role, and Aaron Jones keeps making it difficult for coach Mike McCarthy to continue his running back by committee tendencies.
Injuries and roster moves:
San Francisco’s offense continues to take hits. Breida is listed as questionable, but head coach Kyle Shanahan called him doubtful to play.
Rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis is already ruled out and Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) is pending a re-evaluation to determine his playing status.
Tight ends Garret Celek (quad) and George Kittle (knee) are also listed as questionable. Center Weston Richburg is also questionable with a knee injury.
Allison is expected to clear the concussion protocol, but Cobb’s hamstring leaves him questionable for Monday.
After running around the artificial turf of Ford Field last week, Aaron Rodgers reports his balky knee is more sore than after prior games. He is officially questionable but expected to play.
Cornerback Davon House was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. With the Packers’ three other corners all questionable per the injury report, maybe CJ Beathard should open things up Monday?
Mike McCarthy’s job security has been a popular topic of discussion all season. Recent public sparring with Rodgers over the effectiveness of the Packers offense won’t help matters if the team doesn’t start clicking soon.
Kyle Shanahan and GM Mike Lynch are in the second year of a complete rebuild in San Francisco.Hopes the team would take a big leap forward faded with the season-ending injury to Garoppolo and sink further with every new injury.
Still, there is discernible progress and with their own drafted passer at the helm for now, there is no reason to think ownership’s support will fade any time soon.
How to watch the Packers-Niners game
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Who will win the Packers-Niners game?
San Francisco comes off a disappointing showing against a beatable Arizona Cardinals team. CJ Beathard predictably regressed from his 2018 debut outing.
Green Bay’s defense has done a good job containing opposing passing games. They face minimal resistance in the 49ers.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers need a feel-good game. It comes at the expense of their visitors in a Monday Night dud.
Final score: Packers 34, 49ers 13