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Five More Thoughts on Packers’ 17-3 Win Over 49ers

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I had a bit of a different perspective than most people on the Green Bay Packers’ 17-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday.

It was the one from the 400 section of Levi’s Stadium. The good news is, I didn’t get stabbed, which is surprising. 49ers fans are the stabbiest in all of the NFL, after all.

Actually, the people sitting around me were quite pleasant and knowledgeable about the game. The stadium itself is fucked, though.

Sure, it has all the cool features of a modern NFL stadium. However, it’s located in Santa Clara, which is a dump. Picture a giant office park dumped in the middle of some hills and there you go. Also, whatever genius built this thing made sure that half of it is always in the sun. So on a 75-degree day without a cloud in the sky, sitting there was brutal. I wouldn’t do it again.

They could have easily remedied this by rotating the damn thing 90 degrees, since one side is higher than the other. Why they didn’t, I really can’t say. My guess is because they’re fucking morons.

Not sure if you could tell on TV, but half the place was empty after halftime. The guy sitting next to me pointed to the other, shady side of the stadium in the second quarter and said, “That’s where all the corporate money sits. They all leave at halftime.”

Sure enough. Shady side was about a quarter full after half through the end of the game.

Anyway, on with the show.

Don Barclay, you’re fired!
The offensive line was garbage in pass protection on Sunday. Right from the start, Aaron Rodgers had guys in his face and that never changed. He just looked uncomfortable in the pocket most of the day. Somehow, the 49ers only recorded three sacks. That probably speaks more to Rodgers’ athleticism than anything. At any rate, right tackle Don Barclay was the worst of the bunch this week. Pass protection has never been his strength, but Sunday was uglier than normal. The Packers need to think about another solution at right tackle until Bryan Bulaga returns.

Who put a quarter in Nick Perry?
Maybe the emergence of my boy Jayrone Elliott, who had another sack on Sunday, has him scared, but Nick Perry has been playing balls out the past two weeks. For the second week in a row, this relative disappointment had a sack. Two this week brings his total to three on the season. That already equals last season’s total and is one off his career high.

Where did the read option go?
I agree with Shawn that the Packers were effective in stopping the run. What I wouldn’t say is they were effective stopping the read option. Colin Kaepernick ran 10 times for 57 yards. I would call that 5.7 yard average pretty effective. In fact, that’s really the only time I saw the 49ers move the football — when they were running that crap. Then, in the second half, it just seemed to disappear from the game plan. It’s as if the 49ers said, “Well, we gotta make this running quarterback we got into a pocket passer one of these days. Might as well be now.” Kaepernick is a shit pocket passer. Him running around is the only shot the 49ers have. I’m not sure why they didn’t take that.

Yeah, that James Jones guy can’t play anymore…
Said the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants before releasing him. Well, thanks for giving us a pissed off James Jones! Five for 98 on Sunday. Seventeen for 317 and four on the season. On pace for a career year. I can’t really say enough about how much I am enjoying watching James Jones tear it the fuck up thus far.

Exorcising some minor demons
It wasn’t exactly Seattle, but you know the recent history between the Packers and 49ers. The 49ers have owned the Packers lately and they’ve embarrassed the Packers defense mightily. It was nice that the defense stepped up and carried the day against these chumps.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. I steal fish October 5, 2015

    good points man. however this part had me dyin laughing:

    “The good news is, I didn’t get stabbed, which is surprising. 49ers fans are the stabbiest in all of the NFL, after all.”

    lmao…I remember when a niner fan stab some guy in the neck outside the georgia dome a couple years back. dunno what’s up with them and that knife action.

  2. Kelly October 5, 2015

    I’m more pleased with James Jones now than I was previously. It seemed like his 1st stint with GB he would have inexplicable drops that hit him right in the hands. He seems like he’s more sure handed than ever now! *knock on wood*

  3. Packer Bob October 5, 2015

    It’s amazing Thompson was able to unclench his butthole long to sign a free agent likes Jones.

    1. Ted Hawthorne October 5, 2015

      You’re right, but remember the key to understanding TT is that he’s a cheap
      SOB, and he got Jones for the minimum-THAT’s
      the reason he signed Jones–how could he not
      with Nelson out and Cobb hurt. Actually Jones
      is showing why TT should be viciously excoriated
      for letting Jones go in the first place; it probably
      cost the Pack the NFC title game last January. Twice, inside the 5, they settled for field goals.
      Remember, Jones has led the league in TD catches–he knows how to get open in the end

      1. PF4L October 6, 2015

        Ted makes a great point. I know it’s early in the season, but the red zone offense has improved dramatically. Much of the credit to JJ.

      2. Phatgzus October 6, 2015

        As nice as it is to have him back, the absence of James Jones was not the reason we lost the NFCCG last year-tell me, how many TDs does JJ have within the 20 this year? 2, in 4 games, that’s the same amount as Richard Rodgers.

  4. I sat in the shade, got free seats because of work.

    Aside from the good old fashioned stabbiness, I especially enjoyed chanting GO PACK GO. Ramesh, Ying Ting, and the other corporate douchebags didn’t realize they were at a football game.

    1. TyKo Steamboat October 5, 2015


  5. TyKo Steamboat October 5, 2015

    Agreed on all Points, Dr. McMahon.
    I hope you & your “Lady-Friend” enjoyed the Bay over the weekend.

    Also, Point #6: Datone Jones is the man, bro.
    Wearen my hat backwards & rocken the #95 jersey.

  6. stubbyduck October 5, 2015

    Yeah, that James Jones guy can’t play anymore…
    Said the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants before releasing him. Well, thanks for giving us a pissed off James Jones! Five for 98 on Sunday. Seventeen for 317 and four on the season. On pace for a career year. I can’t really say enough about how much I am enjoying watching James Jones tear it the fuck up thus far.

    Thats firggin funny right there!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree completely!!!!

  7. the real russ letlow October 5, 2015

    “Dominant Defensive Performance!”. Haven’t we all been waiting for that one for a long time? we’ve got the talent on defense, and it was on display yesterday. Just keep getting better!

    1. Fritz October 5, 2015

      If CM3 goes down we can always snare AJ, IF WE CAN SPRING HIM LOOSE? Lol, never got lucky that way with the D, unlike the MF and JJ sagas.

  8. Howard October 5, 2015

    Perry always has had a quarter in him. The problem has been the horse has had mechanical difficulties (injury). Perry to me even last year (while injured again) was a better option than Neal against the run. If Perry stays healthy teams are going to have problems getting to the edge, and Perry has a better feel for getting to the passer when being blocked than Neal. A healthy Perry, Peppers, Elliot, and Neal is a good thing.

  9. Deepsky October 5, 2015

    I was fully expecting Kaepernick to run at will all over the Packers. The 49ers didn’t call a whole lot of read-option . I guess after you pay a QB nearly $20 million a year, you go into ‘protect investment’ mode.

  10. Tom Richardson October 5, 2015

    I thought Kaeperpunk got rocked a couple times on runs too and that may have had something to do with cutting back on his read option. It also seems like Clay was in his shorts more as the game progressed.

  11. jtmax October 5, 2015

    Perry is an athletic freak. Finally healthy enough to apply it. Same with Datone Jones. He was running wild forcing Kap to move around. We got a bunch of super athletic, freaky linebackers and linemen who when healthy can really wreak havoc. Very much like the Broncos. When we play the broncos, both QB’s are going to have to run for their lives or get the ball out quick.

    1. TyKo Steamboat October 5, 2015

      Don’t ever compare the Green Bay Packers to the Broncos

  12. Vano Lucas October 5, 2015

    The improvement in our defense is definitely encouraging. Let’s keep it up. A bunch of guys who seemed to be overrated and marginalized are starting to contribute; I’m thinking of Datone Jones, Nick Perry, and Mike Neal in particular. Elliott and Mulumba are good role players as well. I don’t know what to make of Nate Palmer. And did Mike Daniels show up Sunday? His number didn’t get called much if any, but he had to be a big part in stuffing the run, if only in a support role.

  13. Justin T October 5, 2015

    Pretty sure Greg Jennings is watching James Jones and feeling like garbage. Im pretty sure we could plug in Jennings just as easily as we did Jones n put up numbers. Cobb/Nelson have potential to go to the hof playing with Rodgers

    1. ay hombre October 5, 2015

      I saw a little of the Miami game and Tannehill missed Jennings wide open on back to back plays for a touchdown. I had the exact same thought that Jennings was probably like…Man did I fuck up.

  14. UpNorth October 5, 2015

    Well, I know that one one of those read options Matthews clocked the hell out of Kap even though he didn’t have the ball. After that, I never saw him take a huge initiative again. Then again, our defense played aggressive up on the line and in the box since we had no fear of the downfield passing game, so stopping it should have been and was pretty simple.