49ers Identity Needs To Be Found Before SNF Vs. Packers

  • The San Francisco 49ers are set to host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
  • The 49ers have struggled with injuries and offensive identity, but are 2-0 on the season.
  • They are favored by three points on the spread, and have -165 moneyline odds to win.

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers are set to host Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. They’re entering the game with a 2-0 record, and a defense that has been very potent when it mattered this season.

The 49ers are favored by three points at home against a Green Bay team that suffered heavily when faced with a good New Orleans Saints defense.

Still, the NFL sportsbooks  seem to have a lot of respect for the Packers, and the Niners are only mild favorites - although the line is shaded towards them.

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers

  • Green Bay Packers +3.0 (-105)
  • San Francisco 49ers -3.0 -115)

The 49ers have been trying to figure out their identity. Week 1, they experimented with plays for rookie QB Trey Lance, but Week 2, they stuck with Jimmy Garoppolo the whole way.

Similarly, the running back room has been a constant headache. Starter Raheem Mostert was injured in Week 1, while backup Jeff Wilson Jr. started the season on IR.

Now, Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon, the rookies that are expected to carry the load in the absence of those two, are potentially out as well.

In fact, the 49ers RB crisis is such that as of right now, Bovada does not even have prop betting odds on the 49ers RB room.

If one navigates to the Packers vs. 49ers game, and looks for rushing yards props, the only available ones are on Packers RB Aaron Jones.

A clue can be found in the Anytime TD scorers odds, however - both Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell have +125 odds to score a touchdown, while backup Trenton Cannon sits at +200, and Jacques Patrick is not on the list at all.

The 49ers have the defensive talent to keep the Packers struggling - they all but shut down the Philadelphia Eagles, and kept the Detroit Lions down until they let off the gas in the fourth quarter.

The question is whether or not their offensive identity can hold up over the course of a game against a talented Packers team.

Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance? Elijah Mitchell or Trey Sermon? Trent Sherfield or Brandon Aiyuk? The 49ers have a lot of questions to answer, and this game could go a long way towards providing some clarity for online gambling fans.