While the big bodies in the trenches along with the linebackers were more of a force vs. the run, the secondary left a lot to be desired.
The Packers offensive line isn’t any more physical than they were last year or the year before that or the year before that. Eddie Lacy and the run game were pretty much non-existent garnering only 41 yards on 4 carries.
I must admit, with 2 turnovers, a bad coaches decision by not declining a penalty that ultimately led to a San Fran touchdown and yet another bad decision by a clueless officiating crew; for the Packers to only lose by 6, that’s not a bad performance.
Some of the positives;
Jordy Nelson looked solid after missing all of training camp.
Aaron Rodgers shook off the rust early and looked pretty sharp the rest of the way.
Johnny Jolly keeps impressing me with his attitude and high motor.
Clay Matthews brought the tenacity.
Eddie Lacy ran hard excluding his first half fumble and the Packers two young tackles kept the franchise upright and safe for 99% of the game.
I expected the Packers to lose and they did but they played far more impressively than I expected them to and that leads to hope for the remainder of the 2013 season. As young as the Packers are, if they face the 49ers in the post-season, I would expect maturity and knowledge to be absorbed by the time January rolls around.
I’ll stick with my 10-6 prediction…..at least for now.