I can’t believe we’re already at Week 9 of the NFL schedule, but here we are on Thursday Night Football with the first game of the week. With election coverage going to continue through the night on Thursday, you are going to have the option between that, the NFL, or college football. We didn’t know if this game would be played, and if the San Francisco 49ers turn up any positive coronavirus tests on Thursday morning, the game could be postponed.
Left tackle Trent Williams and wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel are all being placed on the Covid list because of close contact. That’s three important cogs of their offense having to sit this contest out. Not only those three, but George Kittle and Jimmy G will be unavailable on Thursday night as well. In other words, the 49ers are severely outmanned on offense in this one. They enter with a record of 4-4 and are trying to stay in the playoff hunt with a severely banged up squad.
The one thing that could flip this game in the 49ers’ direction is if the Green Bay Packers are not focused. With the Covid issues, and injuries to Kitty and Jimmy G, it’s possible that the Packers take a look at that and fully be prepared for the task at hand. The road trip to the west favors the 49ers as well. That’s about it for the positives, though. There aren’t a lot of props that I like tonight, but have shortlisted my two favorites. Head below for our free Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers Prop Picks for November 5, 2020.
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Jerick McKinnon Receptions
Raheem Mostert remains on the IR with an ankle injury, so along with the wide receiver concerns, their lead running back is not playing. Mostert is one of the more underrated running backs in the NFL. His absence without a doubt hurts this season, and next to Jimmy G, is the most important injury on their roster right now.
The 49ers are down to Jerick McKinnon and JaMychal Hasty at running back with Tevin Coleman and Mostert out. McKinnon can do a little bit of everything. He’s a Swiss Army Knife in a sense, and could certainly act as a wide receiver if depth is a major concern for the 49ers. McKinnon is capable of catching out of the backfield, along with potentially lining up elsewhere on the field as a receiver.
McKinnon has caught 21 receptions on 29 targets for 157 yards. He’s coming off a 4 catch day against the Seattle Seahawks last week, which included 40 yards on 10 yards per catch. I think with a lack of weapons lining up for the 49ers in Week 9, expect McKinnon to see plenty of targets from Nick Mullen. He likely has at least 4 more receptions on Thursday night, as the 49ers give him more of a role on offense because of the injuries.
Robert Tonyan Receiving Yards
Aaron Rodgers got his favorite weapon back in the offense recently and he didn’t miss a beat. Rodgers found Davante Adams two weeks ago in his second game back for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Houston Texans. It was a coming out party for Adams and his fantasy football owners. If you had Adams in your lineup, I’m sure your team did pretty fine. Rodgers looked his way again last week versus the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers were unable to get the win, but Adams was able to account for all 3 touchdowns in a 28-22 loss. All of that said, Rodgers hasn’t forgotten about Robert Tonyan. The tight end came through for the Packers with Adams sidelined. With Adams back in the lineup, Rodgers has continued to look his way, though. Tonyan went for 5 receptions and 79 yards last week.
Overall on the season, Tonyan has recorded 23 receptions for 309 yards. I really don’t believe the Packers are going to have to take too many chances in this game. They should be able to beat the 49ers by keeping everything simple and underneath. Tonyan is likely going to be targeted enough to get him OVER this total.