After three straight games against squirty QBs, the 49er front seven is probably relieved to face a normal pocket passer – even if it is the so-called top QB in the game. Aaron Rodgers can run a bit, but it isn’t playing dodge ball in the backfield.
PFT says the 49ers’ three game stretch against teams that all have won 80% or more of their games is the toughest schedule any team has ever faced in the regular season. It’s precisely the sort of schedule any team faces, more or less, in the playoffs though. So, this will be a good look at how the team might fare if it does indeed make the postseason.
Many consider Rodgers the best QB in the league, even though his career has occurred at the same time as Tom Brady‘s, whom many consider the best QB of all time. Somebody seems to be wrong here. It appears these opinion pushers are spitting pixels from a southern orifice not generally known for eloquence except to the crude denizens who find any emanance from these anatomical regions to be extraordinarily humorous.
Be that as it may, Rodgers hasn’t taken the Packers to even a Conference Title game since 2010, the year they won the SB. Every year, the Packers are one of the SB favorites and every year they peter out way short of expectations.
The Packers are a lot like the Andy Reid teams – always good on offense, not so much on defense. That might not matter much if the Niners don’t see some of their injured players back in action Sunday night. Especially TE George Kittle and WRs Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders. They won’t have much pop without those guys.
Despite their number one pass defense ranking, there are skeptics in the league about the Niners’ defense. It hasn’t faced enough elite QBs, so they say. They’ll get a chance in the next three games to quiet those critics, or validate them. And as that challenge goes, so probably goes the team’s chances of winning one or more of these coming games.