We now know who we have to play next weekend. The Green Bay Packers defeated a depleted Minnesota Vikings team 24-10 at Lambeau Field. Vikings QB Christian Ponder was unable to play and backup Joe Webb took over under center, leaving the team completely one dimensional. The Packers did what they had to do, setting up a rematch of our Week 1 battle, this one to be held in San Francisco. The Houston Texans also had a more difficult game than necessary against the Cincinnati Bengals on the other side of the draw, setting up a Divisional Round matchup at New England.
Green Bay at San Francisco is a marquee matchup for the league, and the Divisional Round as a whole is the most exciting weekend in football. The Packers are playing better than they were at the start of the season, when we faced them. We've been up and down, but I think we have the advantage, assuming Justin Smith is able to play to some semblance of his usual level. The difference between playing the Packers at home in January and playing them in Green Bay is practically incalculable. Thank you replacement refs. Thank you.
Much will be written this week on the topic. I'll let the experts get to it, as I'm running behind.
Divisional Round: Packers at 49ers
Mike Sando takes a quick look at the Packers at 49ers. He notes that the Packers have faced only two read-option plays all season, the lowest in the league. Their inexperience could benefit the 49ers, though it should be noted that Joe Webb ran it against them yesterday. Both teams have troubled kicking games. | Quick take: Packers at 49ers (Sando)
49ers-Packers in a Week 1 rematch (Maiocco)
Packers tuned up for trip to the stick (SF Gate)
Sorry for the brevity...I'll do a mega-Nuggets tomorrow.
Being a Sheep
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