If you told me it was already Week 9 of the NFL season, I wouldn’t believe you. But here we are, entering the halfway point and despite all of the COVID-19 positives and the NFL having to switch some schedules around it looks like we are going to be able to complete the season after all. Week 8 wasn’t entirely great for those who tailed our Bruno Boys articles, but we are determined to bounce back and make Week 9 a profitable one for all you sports betting die-hards out there.

Let’s go ahead and breakdown tonight’s NFC Championship game rematch from a year ago.

Green Bay Packers (5-2) at Green Bay Packers (4-4) (8:20pm ET – Thursday Night)

The Packers enter this game with a few injuries to key players, RB Aaron Jones and LT David Bakhtiari. There is a possibility Jones will play, however who knows just how healthy he is. On top of the Jones injury, rookie RB AJ Dillon is out due to COVID-19 and RB Jamaal Williams is not playing tonight because of close contact to Dillon. If Jones doesn’t play, the Packers will be down to Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams. As for Bakhtiari, if he plays this is a big boost for the Packers passing game, as the veteran protects Aaron Rodgers blindside.

Now looking at the Niners injuries list, words cannot describe how bad their situation is. If it’s not an injury, it’s COVID-19. Pretty much every key player on offense is out tonight. Too many names to list them all, but let’s just say the Niners will playing with a bunch of backups.

As crazy as you might think, and as long ago as it was, there is an X-factor in this game. And that is the Aaron Rodgers Draft Snub by these 49ers. This is a homecoming game.

Last week the Niners played the Seattle Seahawks and lost 37-27 in a game that saw a ton of second half scoring. The Packers were destroyed by Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings. He had 4 total touchdowns in a blowout win.

I don’t see Green Bay repeating that performance against a Niners team missing this many players. I expect Rodgers to put this team on his shoulders and do work en route to the Packers getting to 6-2 on the season.

Pick: Packers -7 (-110 at William Hill) | 2 units