Originally posted by strat1080:
Defense wins championships and we have a swarming D that has speed and relentlessness unlike last time we played you. And we have superior coaching staff across the board.Don't be surprised if we knock Aaron Rodgers out of the game. That should be your biggest hope is that we can't get to him, but I think it worries you a bit because your ol is average. And we have a stud in Aldon Smith. You probably never heard of him so don't worry about him. Ha!
And what? Aaron Rodgers has never played a good defense before? He played against a better defense in the Super Bowl and hung 31 points on them along with 300+ yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and a 100+ QB Rating.
Its all about the QB. The last 9 Super Bowls were won by the following QBs; Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tom Brady. Its the most important position in all of sports and Rodgers is the best in the business. You can't downplay that. I think it will be a competitive hard fought game but in the end I think Rodgers will make more plays than Alex Smith. He isn't like other QBs in the NFL. He doesn't rattle easily and is difficult to contain in the offense. His internal time-clock is impeccable and he has an uncanny feel for the rush and escaping pressure. The right side of the line is pretty stout and those guys do a good job of providing escape alleys for Rodgers. The LT is a bit of a liability but Rodgers tends to move to his right anyway.
that turns into a huge liability going against justin & aldon smith.......................
we beat Eli, Brees, and (injured) Big ben last year also.
Rodgers making more plays than Alex is probably a given (game manager? who cares the niners are a complete team), but the niners will rely on the run more than anything. Gore is aging, but the depth/variety at RB is what makes the niners more unique on O.
(i say "probably a given" only because although we did upgrade at WR, i don't know how much we'll deviate from last years style because of it. and who knows, maybe Urban Meyer's "once he gets it, he gets it" comment will finally come true.)
we'll probably give up a lot of passing yards, probably close to 350 range. did it a lot all of last season. but that's usually part of the plan. Make opponent one dimensional, then beat up the QB.
i'm not dismissing the pack though because "their D suxx." the players are still there. but this game can go either way. final score should be within one score.