After stomping McCarthy and the #2 “them boys” on their home turf as the youngest team in the playoffs, Jordan Love and them boys that are not watching the playoffs from home today are ready for more.
Right off the bat, the mostly good news is that injuries seem to be in check. Injury reports are not to be as trusted in the playoffs and it will be down to game time decisions. Currently, Jaire Alexander, AJ Dillon, and LB Isaiah McDuffie are listed as being questionable.
The San Francisco 49ers are a team that eluded Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs recently and a win today would be huge for many reasons for the Packers.
West Coast Offense on Display (or Hybrids Thereof)
Oprah’s Voice: You’re a receiver! You’re a receiver and you’re a receiver!
How does a team of young WRs look so great? Among other things, important factors are how fast this young crew has learned routes, a quick thinking QB, and reliable personnel to spread the ball around as alternative targets.
Love ranks fourth in the NFL for play action attempts during the 2023 regular season. By the end of the season, the Packer’s offense could more effectively leverage the threat of the run and misdirection to let Love analyze his targets and improve accuracy while a talented o-line has helped him build confidence. Meanwhile, the return of RB Aaron Jones has only made this strategy more effective.
Love is sharp in the middle field, but he will still spread the ball around to anyone anywhere. Five of Love’s targets the last four games had 100 or more receiving yards.
Packers vs 49ers Odds via SportsLine
- Packers vs. 49ers spread: San Francisco -10
- Packers vs. 49ers over/under: 50.5 points
- Packers vs. 49ers money line: San Francisco -479, Green Bay +363
Packers Are in the Playoffs with a Rookie Kicker
Want to toss this in as a disclaimer going in. We have to go easy on this kid because this was low key supposed to be a rebuild year and then some hocus pocus happened and here we are.
Even so, K Anders Carlson has missed more attempts than any other player in the league. Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated quotes Packers coach LaFleur as saying Carlson still has his support:
We’ve got a lot of confidence in him. Yeah, you’d like him to make every kick, no doubt about it, but I think it’s part of the growth process. A lot of young [players], especially kickers, go through some trials and tribulations, unfortunately.
The good news is the niners are not in a much better position, kicker-wise (almost the same, actually). Factor in the terrible weather that is being predicted and this should be interesting.
With that said….. LACES OUT! No pressure, Carlson. You got this.