Week 1 for the Packers is only a few minutes away. The Pack’s last two seasons have ended with a very bad taste every Packers fan’s mouth. While I don’t know if the Pack pulls off the win today here are my keys to make that happen.
1. Contain the read option: We have heard all summer how the Packers went and studied the read option. Today we find out if not only they can contain Kaepernick but also keep Frank Gore from running over them as well. Kaepernick needs to get hit within reason and show him he better think twice about going outside.
2. Eddie Lacey: The Packers run game has been anemic for the past three years. Lacey is the workhorse the Pack have desperately needed and the best way to handle a physical defense is to have a dose of physicality yourself. Lacey doesn’t need to run for 100 yards but he needs to be enough of a threat so the 49ers can’t keep two high safeties.
3. Offensive line- The Packers are going with a rookie at LT David Bakhtiari and an undrafted free agent in Don Barclay. Rodgers needs to be protected. The Smith boys and Ahmad Brooks will have a ton of pressure applied to these guys. If they need help, give it to them.