FBG says: Good matchup. C.J. Beathard and the 49ers passing offense continue to put up big numbers in the passing game despite looking rather rough in the process. Beathard amassed 349 passing yards with two passing touchdowns last week, but he also turned the ball over four times in the process. With six turnovers in two starts this season, Beatherd is definitely showing his inexperience. With Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis both sidelined last week, Pierre Garcon saw a season-high 12 targets but managed only five receptions for 47 yards while at fault of a couple drops. Garcon squandered his largest workload of the season and is tough to rely on with or without Goodwin and Pettis in the lineup. Pettis has already been ruled out for Week 6 while Goodwin is also a likely candidate to sit due to his nagging hamstring injury. George Kittle looks to continue as the primary beneficiary here as he led the team in receiving yards again last week. Kittle has been a very reliable option at tight end this season, catching at least five passes while averaging just over 90 yards per game in four of five outings. He has only found the end zone once, but Kittle has twice as many red zone looks (six) as any other 49ers receiver, so he will be bound to find the end zone again if those opportunities continue.
The strength of the Packers defense has been on the defensive line, particularly the interior, as they have racked up at least three sacks in three of five games, ranking fifth with 16 sacks on the season. While their edge rushers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry have struggled to apply consistent pressure on a weekly basis, there have been no such struggled by the interior linemen Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels, as they have dominated matchups all season long. Blake Martinez has been a big factor in the middle of the field also, both in blitzes and coverage, as shown by his three sacks and impressive coverage against opposing running backs. In fact, the Packers have held opposing running backs to an average of just four receptions for 29 yards and no touchdown, ranking fifth-best in the league in terms of that receiving yardage allowed to the position. Packers cornerbacks, however, have not been as successful in coverage--allowing multiple touchdowns to wide receivers in three of five games. For context, the two games in which they allowed no touchdowns to wide receivers were against the Bears in Week 1 and an anemic Bills passing offense in Week 4. Kevin King is the matchup to exploit here, especially after he allowed two touchdowns in coverage last week. Pierre Garcon looks in line to see most snaps against King. George Kittle should also have an advantage in his matchup with the Packers safeties. Despite giving up no touchdowns to tight ends, the Packers have allowed some large yardage totals to the position as shown by the 135 yards coughed up to Redskins tight ends in Week 3 and 72 yards on seven receptions allowed to Kyle Rudolph in Week 2.