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NFL Week One Preview – 49ers Vs Packers

The premiere NFC game of the week takes place in Green Bay, where Alex Smith and the Niners take on the Packers and last seasons MVP – Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay entered last season’s playoffs as the favorite to win the Super Bowl after going an NFL-best 15-1. With Rodgers directing the offense, the Packers, winners of 13 straight regular-season games at Lambeau Field, led the league in scoring with an average of 35.0 points – fifth-best in NFL history.

Green Bay hosted the New York Giants in a divisional playoff game, but the offense wasn’t sharp and the defense – a weakness all season – struggled mightily in a 37-20 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champs.

“That’s a very important game and you want to play your best in the most important games, and we did not accomplish that,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

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One Response to “NFL Week One Preview – 49ers Vs Packers”

  1. CGErickson says:

    A few thoughts on the Game.

    Offense:
    Rodgers: Inconsistant, missed a couple wide open receivers on Blitz reads. Definetely not in mid season form. Big mistake on the interception he threw.

    O-Line: In the run game, still having one lineman failing on every run play contributing to short gains instead of acceptable average. Cant fault just one player almost all of them fail. Newhouse played the best. Sitton was overpowered consistantly and was pushed back into the pocket.

    Runningbacks: Benson ran HARD. No rushes for losses.Lack of production can be attributed to those breakdowns mentioned above.

    Tight Ends: Finley dropped a critical 3rd down pass. Sigh.

    Receivers: This is the best receiving corp in the NFL? Didn’t show up against the Niners.

    Gameplan:On short yardage, Rodgers kept throwing deep to covered receivers, off of play action. Unfortunately the Packers never once ran the ball on short yardage so play action didn’t even phase defense.Not enough slant patterns to the wide outs. Rodgers could have helped by moving more to let receivers improvise more. I literally hate the one back set. Need that fullback to lead.

    Defensive Line: More scheme problems than physical issues.Caught in Nickel fronts and got gashed a couple of times. Used short yardage against Niners “BIG” packages and lost containment too easily. Why cant the D-Line get their hands up to obscure Opposing QB’s vision or try to bat down passes?The GB Linebackers do on blitzes.

    Linebackers: Hawk played a great game. Another scheme problem. Lining up Nick Perry on Crabtree in coverage. Really? Matthews is incredible. Miss Desmond Bishop.

    Defensive Backs: Still too many mental mistakes. Dropping Moss in coverage and allowing him to score. Really? Bush is good against anything in front of him. Constantly, tries to guess and guesses wrong. At least they didnt give up a deep ball.

    Coaching: Loved seeing Cobb lined up in the backfield created mismatches. Didnt do it enough. Gave up on the run. Especially on short yardage. Didnt like the Defensive schemes at all. Scared of Randy Moss? Seemed to be lost.

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