Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by iwasright73:
Originally posted by aaronitout:
Wassup guys Pack fan here! Stoked for opener as most of you are im sure, should be a great game and could very likely be a playoff preview.
I'll be posting here the next week or so to gain some rival perspective.
My personal prediction: 31-23. GB
Packers get on the board first with a couple big plays early, forcing the 49ers to abandon the run and play catch up, an exercise in futility against the reigning MVP.
Well, I do agree that if stellar niner D can not put pressure on AR and the Packers strike quickly through the air and go up a couple of scores early, then the niners will have trouble keeping up given JH's persistent run-first system. Even if JH does open up the passing game and tries to play catch up, it hasn't looked all that great in preseason as every qb has consistently overthrown WRs deep including our starting qb who has well-known problems with his accuracy downfield.
49er fans don't realize how good Aaron Rodgers is and Packer fans don't realize how good our pass rush with Aldon Smith is. It's going to come down to our pass rush vs their quarterback. Also, that place is going to have a ton of energy, whomever makes the big plays early will set the tempo.
I am already likening Rodgers to a HOF QB in steve young. They are the same height, Rodgers has some of the scrambling abilities and escape ability that young had, the efficiency is on par if not greater, he is a champion, they run the same offense in many ways, and they both learned a great deal from another HOF QB as they sat on the pine.
That said, I don't know how many 49er fans can't see how good GB offense has been with Rodgers under center and I agree a big part of this game will be our front seven vs their backs, QB included, but I think just as much of the game will come down to can they stop us from running without stacking the box and if they stack up vs the run, can they contain our playmakers out in space. Can their defense get our offense off the field? Can they win the field position battle? Can they win in the trenches and sustain it for 4 quarters? Will they withstand the physicality? Can they score repeatedly from 85 yards out without turning the ball over or punting?
I acknowledged that they will be pumped, but when was the last time we laid an egg in a game even on the road under harbaugh aside from that game in BAL when we had 1 day to prep? We played admirably even then. I remember DAL bringing us down to size during the 90s with Young under center with essentially the same teams, so I am not putting it past us to do the same. I think we are underestimated moreso than the Pack. Next Sunday will say much more than I can type on this Mac.
[ Edited by Pillbusta on Sep 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM ]