Thursday Night Football: Packers-49ers Week 9 odds, predictions, betting preview
The 2020 NFL regular-season rolls on with Thursday Night Football and BetRivers.com has the latest Packers-49ers Week 9 odds live right now. The matchup between two preseason favorites to win their respective divisions will look a lot different in Week 9 than we expected before the season, thanks to a litany of injuries and positive COVID tests.
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Rob Dauster is here to examine the Packers-49ers Week 9 odds and explain which props are worth wagering on.
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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Packers-49ers Week 9 Odds
- Week 8: 8:20 p.m. ET (NFLN/FOX)
- Moneyline: Packers -245, 49ers +295
- Spread: Packers -7.5
- Over/Under: 48.5 points
- Implied Score: Packers 28, 49ers 20.5
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The Packers opened as -148 ML favorites, but as players were ruled out due to injuries and COVID, the number got even bigger, climbing to -210, then -278 before reaching -345 Thursday morning. The Packers opened as three-point favorites. They are now 7.5-point favorites.
The public continues to back the Packers ML, with 83% of the ML handle, up from 77% on Wednesday morning. The public was very strongly on the Packers spread, with 93% of the spread handle on Wednesday morning. but as the number climbed to 6, 6.5, and eventually 7.5, the public has gone the other way a bit, with just 82% of the spread handle backing the Packers.
To get a feel for just how banged up the 49ers are right now, think about this: They are coming off of a trip to the Super Bowl last year. We’re just eight games into the season, and we’ve already reached the point in time where they don’t have a single player healthy that touched the football in that Super Bowl.
Jimmy Garoppolo is out. George Kittle is out. Tevin Coleman is out. Raheem Mostert is out. Deebo Samuel is out. Kendrick Bourne is out. As it stands, Trent Taylor is the only healthy wide receiver on the roster, and he will be catching passes from Nick Mullens while JaMychal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon split time in the backfield.
The Packers are not exactly a bastion of health, and they are coming off of back-to-back losses of their own, but this 49ers team is just a shell of what we thought they were going to be, and I haven’t mentioned the fact that Nick Bosa is out.
Now, there are a couple of things that are worrying here.
Green Bay will be without all of their running backs it seems. Something called “Tyler Ervin” is allegedly going to be playing. And Kyle Shanahan has built his team around tough defense and the run game. We know that scheme, coaching and offensive line talent is more important to the running game that the player carrying the ball — running backs don’t matter!!!! — and despite getting roasted by Russ Wilson, the 49ers have been pretty good defensively. I can see them keeping this thing close against a team that gave up nine billion yards and 37 touchdowns to Dalvin Cook last week.
But I just cannot justify putting money on the 49ers without every good skill position player.
So the Under it is!
If we think the 49ers can run the ball, defend and drain the clock, and we don’t want to bet on them, then the process says … take the under!
I will, thank you very much.