49ers (1-4) at Pack­ers (2-2-1)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NEWS - Zach Kruse

Mon­day, 8:15 p.m. ET, Lam­beau Field, Green Bay, Wis­con­sin


Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 9

49ers’ keys to vic­tory: Con­trol the ball on of­fense and pres­sure Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers need to stay bal­anced and pro­tect QB C.J. Beathard, us­ing rookie RB Matt Breida as the fo­cal point of the of­fense. Beat­ing Rodgers at Lam­beau Field is never easy, but the best way to com­bat the two-time MVP is get­ting an ef­fec­tive pass rush with the front four. DL DeFor­est Buck­ner, Arik Arm­stead and Solomon Thomas must be con­sis­tently dis­rup­tive or Rodgers will pick the 49ers apart.

Pack­ers’ keys to vic­tory: At­tack the 49ers’ big­gest weak­ness and stop the run. Op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs have sliced and diced San Fran­cisco’s se­condary this sea­son, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for a big night from QB Aaron Rodgers. He is get­ting health­ier ev­ery week, and the Pack­ers could re­turn WRs Ran­dall Cobb and Geron­imo Al­li­son. The de­fense must con­tain the 49ers’ high-ef­fi­ciency run game and force QB C.J. Beathard to move the foot­ball through the air. The Pack­ers will like their odds if the game comes down to Rodgers vs. Beathard.

Matchup to watch: 49ers TE Ge­orge Kit­tle vs. Pack­ers LB Oren Burks. Kit­tle has been the 49ers’ best of­fen­sive weapon through five games. The Pack­ers likely will counter with Burks, a rookie with cov­er­age abil­ity and a grow­ing role.

Who wins? The 49ers haven’t been an easy out in 2018, but it’s dif­fi­cult to en­vi­sion Beathard walk­ing into Lam­beau Field and beat­ing Rodgers in a prime-time matchup.

Pack­ers, 28-20 Pack­ers

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