Packers vs. 49ers Preview: Five Things to Watch For-
Sunday's season opener between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers marks the third time these teams have met in the last year. As we know, the original sucked. The sequel was even worse. One more beatdown and we're officially in George Lucas territory. Let's just hope Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien made copies of the Niners' playbook.
The Niners in two recent matchups have just been bigger, stronger, faster, nastier, filthier or whatever other adjective you can think of that would describe a Rex Ryan home movie. The Packers should have no problem in getting motivated to play this one with as much physicality as they can muster.
If Bakhtiari can't protect however, it causes all kinds of issues. He's held his own fairly well thus far, but he's up against one of the absolute elite level defenses this game. Not only will Justin Smith be a beast to deal with, but Bakhtiari will have his hands full with the quartet of ultra linebackers Patrick Willis, Navorro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks and assault rifle aficionado, Aldon Smith.