Packers are Ready for the Niners
The Packers wound up their practice week today with what you might call a spirited workout. Heck, there was even a fight, so I guess the boys are ready.
Randall Cobb, who was sick yesterday, was back out there, as was Jordy Nelson, who missed the previous two practices with an ankle. Both are good to go for Saturday Night. We have a high tolerance for pain when it's somebody else's.
Number one on my personal Packers wish list, keeping the 49'er running game in check. Everything they do offensively is based on being able to pound an opponent by running the football. It moves the chains, eats the clock thereby keeping the ball away from Aaron Rodgers, and sets up their own passing game, of which play action plays a major role. It even helps their huge but not terribly nimble offensive linemen in pass protection, because if the packer pass rushers are squatting down to defend the run, they're not sprinting up-field to rush the passer.
The key guys for Green Bay will be the defensive linemen. They've got to eat up blockers without giving ground, and they've got to keep said blockers off AJ Hawk and Brad Jones. Their need for good tackling by all hands almost goes without saying.
The bet here is that if the Packers can handle San Fran's ground game, they'll beat the Niners and be well on their way to the Super Bowl.