Browsed a few Packers forums and came across an interesting tidbit regarding them looking at how the Rams played us as a basis to stop us. If I remember right, without being too selective, the tie only happened when Kape had to come in mid game and Akers missed 2(?) easyish field goals.
I also remember in the loss, the main factors were the pitch play to Ginn which let them back in, and "Hands of Stone" Walker dropping an incredibly soft and catchable ball in the end zone from Kaep, taking us to extra time and the eventual loss. People can correct me if I am wrong, but last year I think we should have gone 13-3 again with the losess to Minnesota, the Giants (Alex Smith chasing the game and throwing INTs) and the mauling in Seattle on the short week being the games we deserved to lose.
I guess I am saying that it's difficult to look at game tape from last year and point to a game where there is a real weakness game planned for and executed by the opposition - well not one featuring Kaep, except maybe the Giants - they seem to have our number though I would like to play them again with Kaep and see if they can game plan properly for him. Looking at the offseason, the injuries to the Smith bothers definitely impacted the games against Atlanta and obviously the SB where our defense just didn't get up to game speed until the second half.
I feel cautiously optimistic fo Sunday, obviously things can change on any given Sunday, but I think our lines ae just too good for GB. Aaron Rodgers is going to do hsi thing, but with ther O-line being more beat up than normal and starting a rookie out against the Smith brothers, I think it's going to be tough for them. I think we'll be able to get pressure from our basic line - I have a feeling on obvious passing downs we may see Lemonier coming in for the rush of him and Aldon, we haven't seen that yet in pre-season and it could be scary. Brooks is obviously no slouch either and has been tearing it up in pre-season.
P52 and B53 are going to do their thing in stopping the run and picking up the TE's, I think as long as Reid is not exposed we will be in a good place.
I don't think we're going to be stopped on Offense either, as long as Staley holds Mathews out as he did in the play-offs then Kaep will pick their D apart. Most of Kaep's yards in the play-offs came on scrambles when GB ran man coverage or blitzed, I think it will be very difficult for them to hold Kaep in the pocket and rely on coverage, whether zone or man, as Vernon and Boldin are mismatches and Vance, Patton and Moore are looking solid.
[ Edited by Buchy on Sep 3, 2013 at 7:46 AM ]