Packers 34, 49ers 16: A Starks Contrast in the Running Game

Despite what has become a classic slow start for the Green Bay Packers, they were eventually able to impose their will on the San Francisco 49ers for a 34-16 win.

The Packers used the deep ball against the 49ers weak secondary to pile on the points and then used newly activated James Starks to chew up yards and the clock in the second half.

Meanwhile, the Packers defense held tight on several occasions, as the Niners looked to take advantage of some very favorable field position in the first half. Had the defense not held the 49ers to field goals on those occasions, the Packers could have found themselves inexplicably trailing to the 49ers.

But the defense held the 49ers to only 3 of 12 on 3rd down, recorded four sacks and an interception, the Packers found some running yardage today and for another week, all is well in Packer Nation.

My game day impressions:


The 49ers haven’t allowed a 100 yard rusher in 17 straight games. We can certainly expect that streak to be safe, but let’s recall last year. Before last season’s meeting, all the talk was about how good the 49er’s run defense was. The Packers then went out and rushed the ball for 158 yards in that game. Of course, that was with Ryan Grant.

KEY TO THE GAME: If I had to pick JUST ONE thing, it would be this: Get out to any early lead and put this team away as soon as possible.

My 1A key to the game is the same as against the Falcons and something that I don’t say often:  Throw the ball – A LOT. But please Mike, not just to the receivers. Use the running backs, use the tight ends… The 49ers’ pass rush is mediocre and  they do not have enough talent in the secondary to handle a multi-pronged passing attack.

Inactive for Green Bay on Sunday: Bigby, P. Lee, Nance, Smith, Wilhelm, McDonald, Newhouse and Wynn.

James “Neo” Starks steps in for Dimitri Nance this week, making his long-awaited Packers debut. Even more reason to expect a McCarthy Air show this week.

Interesting that Matt “Facemask” Wilhelm is inactive this week…

Donald Lee returns from his one week stint in game inactive purgatory.

Once again, all three fullbacks are active.