NFL Week 1 Betting: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

NFL Week 1 Betting: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers

In what many feel is the top game of the opening week of the National Football League season; the Green Bay Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The 49ers and Packers are both divisional champions from a season ago.  San Francisco reached the NFC title game, only to fall to the Giants, while the Packers were eliminated by New York as well; one round earlier. These two teams were the top two seeded teams out of the NFC. The 49ers went 3-1 in the pre-season, while the Packers split their four games.

The Green Bay Packers will once again have a dynamic offense. Aaron Rodgers is the man behind center. Rodgers threw for 4,643 passing yards a season ago and 45 touchdowns. Rodgers top receivers a season ago were Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings. The two combined for 24 touchdown receptions. The Packers will have a new face at the running back position. Veteran Cedric Benson will get the look. The Packers finished the pre-season with a blow-out win over the Chiefs.

For San Francisco, their defense continues to be one of the best in the National Football League. San Francisco is the favorite out of the NFC West, by several games. The 49ers top offensive player a season ago was Frank Gore, who rushed for six touchdowns. Vernon Davis, the tight end is quite the threat, and finished the 2011 season with 6 touchdown receptions. The 49ers were the top rushing defense a season ago, allowing just 77.3 yards per game.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

San Francisco 49ers +5.5

Green Bay Packers -5.5

Free Prediction

This is not an easy game to pick. Both of these teams have the capability to beat anyone else in the league on any given Sunday. These two teams are both very talented, with both having different specialties. The Packers are a great offensive team that have some defensive question marks, while the 49ers have solid defense, with a questionable offense; at times. We like the Packers to win this game at home over the 49ers.

Prediction: Green Bay Packers 28-14

Free Pick

This game has got to go to the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are a 5.5 favorite at home, a place where they are very good playing at. Look for San Francisco to have a tough time with the Packers offense; and Green Bay to come away with a double digit win over the 49ers.

Pick: Green Bay Packers -5.5