kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: Green Bay Packers At San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
(credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(credit: Harry How/Getty Images)
(credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(credit: Harry How/Getty Images)
Quarterback
Winner Aaron Rodgers has been the best quarterback in the NFL over the last four years, but he has had a rough offseason. Former Packers wideouts Greg Jennings and Donald Driver criticized him for being selfish, and Rodgers tends to take remarks like those personally. He is probably the most accurate passer in the game and he has the ability to make plays on the run.
Winner Colin Kaepernick is a superior athlete and he earned the trust of head coach Jim Harbaugh last year. In a nearly unprecedented move, Harbaugh gave Kaepernick the starting job even though Alex Smith was playing quite well last year. Kaepernick played well last year and he should be even better this year.
Offense
The Packers are hoping that rookie power runner Eddie Lacy will give them a major upgrade in their ground game. If he can take some of the pressure off of Rodgers, the Packers will have a very dangerous offensive team. Jordy Nelson and Reggie Cobb are the two best receivers on the team and tight end Jermichael Finley can be a valuable third-down receiver.
Winner Anquan Boldin is going to become a very important man in the 49ers offense. He comes over after playing the role of possession receiver quite well with the Baltimore Ravens, the team that defeated the Niners in last year’s Super Bowl. Tight end Vernon Davis remains dangerous while running back Frank Gore is a dominating power back who can punish opposing defenses.
Defense
The Packers would like to build off of last year’s finish when they had the 11th-ranked defense in the league. They need another huge season from OLB Clay Matthews, who had 13.0 sacks last year, but he must get some help or he will wear out in the final month of the season. CB Sam Shields had three interceptions and one fumble recovery last year.
Winner The 49ers play with plenty of speed and aggressiveness on defense. That’s not going to change this year as Aldon Smith can get around the corner and play havoc with opposing quarterbacks. Justin Smith anchors the defensive line and can stop the run or get after the passer. NaVorro Bowman may be the fastest linebacker in the NFL and he is coming off a 149-tackle season.
Special Teams
Mason Crosby had a decent year for the Packers last season, making 16-of-21 FG attempts. There’s no reason he could not improve on that figure. P Tim Masthay average 43.5 yards per punt last year and that’s just ordinary.
Winner The Niners were nearly crippled by their special teams last year as the kicking game was unreliable. The Niners said good bye to veteran kicker David Akers and brought in Phil Dawson from the Cleveland Browns. Dawson could have a remarkable season for the high-scoring Niners.

The Winner Is

(credit: Harry How/Getty Images)
Winner San Francisco 49ers
4 out of 4

The 49ers have too much speed for the Packers. They proved that in the playoffs last year and that has not changed in the offseason. The Packers really have little hope of containing Kaepernick if he decides to run with the ball, and that’s a big problem for Green Bay.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. Photo Credit: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images Annual Ugliest Dog Competition Held In Petaluma
    Tale Of The Tape: Petaluma Vs. Paris

    In it’s fall travel guide, Harper’s Bazaar has named Petaluma as the the “most coveted places to visit” this autumn, ahead of Nantucket, Seattle, Miami and even Paris. Yes, Paris. It sounded a little crazy to us, so we decided to measure the bucolic Sonoma County berg against the City of Lights. Take a look.

  2. MNF Pregame Nantz Simms
    Tale Of The Tape: Monday Night Football Vs. Thursday Night Football

    The Monday Night Football tradition dates back more than four decades, the Thursday Night affair on CBS is just weeks old, but the competition for football fun dominance is already fierce. Here’s a look at how they stack up.

  3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At New York Jets

    While Jay Cutler lacks consistency, he is capable of taking over any game and carrying the Bears with his strong arm when he gets on a roll.

See All Tales of the Tape
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53,923 other followers