The San Francisco 49ers wind up falling to 1-5 in Niner Noise’s Week 6 game predictions, being defeated by a Green Bay Packers team looking to get back on track in 2018.
Let’s not bank on the San Francisco 49ers somehow figuring out how to pull off the upset on the road against the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 on Monday Night Football.
After all, the Niners are 9.5-point underdogs for the contest, according to Odds Shark. And while the 2-2-1 Packers have plenty of their own issues, San Francisco’s problems over the course of its 1-4 start have been complex and worrisome in oh-so many ways.
A questionable 49ers defense going up against future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t make things easier either. True, Rodgers is dealing with a knee issue. But the lack of a 49ers pass rush has been more apparent this season, and their nine total sacks through five weeks is on pace to finish with two fewer than the 30 the team posted at the conclusion of 2017.
Yeah, not particularly inspiring.
So that will be our prediction for the 49ers’ Week 6 efforts in prime time. The Niners would be impressive if they’re able to keep things close and not let Rodgers and Co. do too much damage.
But in a results-based league focusing solely on wins and losses, there aren’t exactly such things as moral victories.
Prediction: Packers 27, 49ers 18
Let’s look around the rest of the league and dish out some NFL predictions, shall we?
Bills @ Texans
Don’t look now, but the Texans have pulled off two wins in a row after starting off 0-3. Yes, both were in overtime. Yet signs are pointing to Houston getting back on track after an abysmal start.
And the Buffalo Bills might be the worst team in the NFL right now.
Prediction: Texans 24, Bills 10
Panthers @ Redskins
The Redskins have been something of a nice surprise this season, especially with running back Adrian Peterson on a massive resurgence. But the Panthers are dominating on the ground too, which will be the method they take to win this game on the road.
Prediction: Panthers 21, Redskins 17
Colts @ Jets
Indianapolis has quarterback Andrew Luck. New York has rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. The rest of both teams’ rosters are pretty bad.
Let’s go with the proven veteran.
Prediction: Colts 23, Jets 14
Cardinals @ Vikings
The Arizona Cardinals were gifted their first win of the season by five 49ers turnovers in Week 5. Minnesota, which has struggled this year, won’t be susceptible to the same kind of mistakes.
Prediction: Vikings 28, Cardinals 10
Bears @ Dolphins
Both the Bears and Dolphins have turned some heads this season and find themselves atop their respective divisions. Seriously, who would have predicted that?
It’s kind of a pick-em game, but let’s factor in Chicago EDGE Khalil Mack to do some damage against Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Prediction: Bears 23, Dolphins 21
Seahawks @ Raiders
The Raiders and Seahawks have both been pretty disappointing this season. But at least Seattle has something of a respectable defense, which should prove to be the difference.
Hey, Sebastian Janikowski.
Prediction: Seahawks 18, Raiders 14
Chargers @ Browns
The Browns have been a nice little feel-good story this season, but the Chargers have far more weapons on both sides of the ball to make Cleveland’s chances to find its first winning streak since God knows when all but impossible.
Prediction: Chargers 25, Browns 17
Steelers @ Bengals
Pittsburgh has been something of a hot mess this season, while Cincinnati has shocked the football world with a 4-1 start to the season.
So why do the Steelers win? Well, this likely winds up being one of those games where each team’s true colors rise to the surface — pretty indicative of this AFC North rivalry.
Prediction: Steelers 28, Bengals 24
Buccaneers @ Falcons
The Falcons defense is both atrocious and banged up. But it’s hard to trust the Buccaneers offense after its hot start with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. That magic is gone now, and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan should have little trouble carving up the Bucs’ own defense.
Prediction: Falcons 31, Buccaneers 24
Rams @ Broncos
OK, so this is a bit of a shocker. The undefeated Rams going into Sports Authority field and losing to the 2-3 Broncos.
Why? Well, this is the trap game… the upset of the week.
Prediction: Broncos 24, Rams 21
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Jaguars @ Cowboys
Jacksonville just has to stop Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott. If the Jags do that, they win easily.
Prediction: Jaguars 23, Cowboys 13
Ravens @ Titans
Boy, that Baltimore defense looks a lot better than most of us likely anticipated. And we anticipated it to be pretty good.
Prediction: Ravens 27, Titans 14
Chiefs @ Patriots
This is another one of those pick-em games, for sure. The Chiefs defense is terrible, which likely means Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Co. have little trouble putting up the points. But nobody has been able to stop Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes yet.
Talk about the proverbial “passing of the torch” in this Sunday Night Football contest.
Prediction: Chiefs 35, Patriots 31