Colin Kaepernick ran for a quarterback-record 181 yards against the Packers in the playoffs.
Well, Green Bay Packers fans, game day is almost here! The last time the Packers played in a meaningful game, it was in San Francisco and against the 49ers. It’s only fitting that Green Bay returns to the scene and really test how much this year’s team has improved.
Both teams have undergone changes since that last matchup. The Packers have gotten a bit younger and added more to their defensive front in that of first round pick Datone Jones and with the return of veteran Johnny Jolly. They also added another potential diamond in the rough at cornerback in that of fifth-rounder Micah Hyde. With Casey Hayward ruled out for this week’s game, Hyde could see some spot duty at defensive back.
The 49ers are without stud receiver Michael Crabtree (torn Achilles) and will rely on newly-acquired veteran Anquan Boldin, to fill in. San Francisco also lost a key piece of their secondary with hard-hitting safety Dashon Goldson moving on to Tampa Bay in free agency. They looked to veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and rookie Eric Reid to fill that void.
With all of those changes, let’s look at some of the key factors that will play a role in the outcome of Sunday’s game. Read more... (1519 words + 3 images, estimated 6:05 mins reading time)
Rodgers to Finley will be a key to the Packers offense on Sunday
If you have been following the Green Bay Packers over the past week, you are surely familiar with all of the attention that the backup quarterback position is getting. The team let go of last year’s back up in Graham Harrell, leaving BJ Coleman and Vince Young to battle for the backup spot. As it turned out, neither won the job and both are looking for new teams while veteran Seneca Wallace will backup Aaron Rodgers, at least for now.
Prior to the game of musical chairs at quarterback, much attention was being given to the team’s running game. Who would the Packers keep on the final roster? Who would start? How often will Green Bay really run the ball this season?
With those hot debates seemingly settled, it’s time to turn the attention to this week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Hopefully the backup quarterback position does not become a topic of conversation. If it does, something bad has happened in the city by the bay. As far as the run game, it’s the first game and against a tough 9ers defense. I don’t expect a breakout debut by Eddie Lacy or even by the committee of backs that the Packers will likely utilize. Read more... (595 words + 3 images, estimated 2:23 mins reading time)