The San Francisco 49ers are currently 2.5-point favorites against the Green Bay Packers, and it would appear some of the experts think they are a worthwhile bet. Sharp bettors are those who are long-term winners, and their bets might be more likely to push the line a little bit.
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The Packers opened as one-point favorites, but the line quickly swung the other way. One reason for that might be the fact that Brett Hundley is sitting out the game. The Packers backup quarterback suffered a sprained ankle and has been sitting out practice. It is notable because the extensive time for backups in preseason games means that can be the big difference in covering or not covering.
Aaron Rodgers is likely to get a sizable chunk of playing time, but I think it ends up being less than what Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert likely combine for on Friday. Kaepernick is likely to start the game, but there is a good chance Gabbert gets some significant run of his own with the 1s. Given that the QB competition is still not resolved, I imagine they end up with more work than Rodgers. After Rodgers, the Packers have Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams splitting snaps.
The point total for the game is set at 44.5 points. The 49ers scored 13 points in their preseason opener against the Houston Texans, and then 31 last week against the Denver Broncos. The Packers scored 17 against the Cleveland Browns, and then 20 against the Oakland Raiders.
I’d be inclined to go with the 49ers and the under. I would not be surprised to see Blaine Gabbert get some time against the Packers second-string defense. We saw last week that he can do some stuff against the 2s, so that could bode well if you want to lay the points.