San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel is one of the most dynamic players in the game and one of the primary reasons the 49ers made the playoffs. Last week, Samuel and the Niners defeated the Dallas Cowboys.
Can Samuel continue his brilliant play and lead the 49ers to a win? Read on to find out how many total yards Samuel should have against the Packers this week.
49ers at Packers (-5.5)
Before we get into the details, here are the facts you need to know about the game.
- Date: Jan. 22, 2022
- Time: 8:15 P.M. EST
- Venue: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI
Duel Threat Deebo
Deebo Samuel serves as a hybrid player for the 49ers. He caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards during the regular season and rushed the ball 59 times for 365 yards. That adds up to 1,770 total yards of offense.
The 49ers started using him more in their running game through the season’s final eight games. Over those games, Samuel averaged 6.63 carries and totaled 343 yards, averaging 6.47 yards per rush.
Samuel’s inclusion in the rushing game paid off, as the 49ers went 7-1 through that stretch. Last week, he rushed for 72 yards on ten carries against the Cowboys.
Can Green Bay Stop Samuel?
The Green Bay defense ranks 11th against the rush in the regular season, allowing an average of 109.1 rushing yards per game. At home, the Packers allowed slightly more this season: 111.4.
Those are respectable numbers, but Green Bay struggled against effective rushing offenses. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15, the Packers surrendered 126 yards to RB Nick Chubb.
More shocking was Chubb’s average per run: 7.4 yards. During the regular season, Samuel averaged 6.2 yards per rush.
Samuel also averaged 87.81 receiving yards per game, and the Packers have allowed 219.1 passing yards per game.
Defending Samuel already proved to be a challenge for Green Bay. Though he only caught five passes when these teams played in Week 3, Samuel averaged 10.4 yards per catch.
Early weather reports predict that this week’s game will be one of the coldest ever in the playoffs. A January cold-weather game shouldn’t be a surprise, but the extreme cold could force the 49ers to stay on the ground. A player’s grip strength can be cut in half in as little as 15 minutes of exposure to freezing weather, making it harder to throw a football. With Jimmy Garoppolo still recovering from a thumb injury, this could be an issue.
The 49ers are more than comfortable leaning on their running game. The 49ers rank seventh in the league in rushing, averaging 129.7 yards per game. Samuel averages 8.5 touches and got 13 in last week’s playoff game.
A game impacted by cold weather could mean even more touches for Samuel.
How Many Yards for Deebo Samuel?
Including kick returns, Deebo Samuel ranked third in the league for all-purpose yards with 1,865. That translates to over 116 yards per game.
Against a Packers defense that can struggle with potent rushers, and in a playoff game, I expect Samuel to get enough touches to go above 116.56 yards.
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