Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL and NCAA Football Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Thursday sports card features NFL Thursday Night Football along with two televised games in college football.

The Thursday Night Football game on Fox is a rematch of the NFC Championship Game last January.

San Francisco clinched their opportunity to play in the Super Bowl in that showdown on January 19th with their 37-20 victory over the Packers. After the 49ers lost to Kansas City in the Super Bowl LIV, many observers presumed that head coach Kyle Shanahan’s team was well-positioned to avoid the jinx that many Super Bowl losers suffer in the next season.

Yet the 49ers’ record fell to just 4-4 on Sunday with their 37-27 loss in Seattle. Their poor fortune was made even worse with significant injuries to both quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle, which will keep them out for perhaps the entire season.

Green Bay has lost two of their last three games after their 28-22 upset loss at home to Minnesota on Sunday as a 5.5-point favorite. Green Bay is dealing with a handful of injuries as well. Running back Aaron Jones, left tackle David Bakhtiari, and cornerback Kevin King is questionable to play this game on the short week. Wide receiver Allen Lazard and linebacker Christian Kirksey remain on Injured Reserve.

The questionable status of Jones has become more ominous with the positive COVID test from rookie running back A.J. Dillon. Both Dillon and running back Jamal Williams were placed on the COVID reserve list. The Packers elevated Dexter Williams from the practice quad to join Tyler Ervin as their only eligible running backs if Jones is not able to play in this game.

BookMaker lists Green Bay as a 7-point favorite, with the total set at 48.5. The kickoff on Fox and the NFL Network is at 8:20 PM ET. 

Two college football games in the Mountain West Conference take place on Thursday. 

Utah State has lost their first two games of the season after getting blown out at home on Saturday to San Diego State by a 38-7 score. The Aggies have eleven starters back from the team last year that finished 7-6, but they have yet to be competitive in their two conference games. They opened their season with a 42-13 loss at Boise State as a 17-point underdog. 

Nevada has won their first two games of the season after their 37-19 win at UNLV last Saturday night as a 14-point favorite. The Wolf Pack opened their season with a 37-34 upset win at home against Wyoming as a 2.5-point underdog. Nevada has 15 starters back from the team that was 7-6 last season. 

Nevada is a 17.5-point favorite with the over/under at 56.5. FS1 televises the game starting at 7 PM ET.

Wyoming rebounded from that loss to the Wolf Pack two weeks ago with a 31-7 upset victory at home against Hawai’i as a field goal favorite last Friday. The Cowboys have twelve starters returned from the group that finished 8-5 last year, culminating in a 38-17 victory over Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl. 

Colorado State was upset in their opening game of the season last Thursday in a 38-17 loss at Fresno State as a 2.5-point favorite. The Rams returned 15 starters from the team that finished 4-8 for first-year head coach Steve Addazio. 

Wyoming is a 3.5-point road favorite with a total of 52.5. The CBS Sports Network broadcasts this game at 9 PM ET.

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