Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/19/14

 

The San Francisco 49ers probably face their biggest challenge of the season in week one of the regular season when they take on the league favorite Green Bay Packers. That is not to say that many of the other teams that the 49ers face this year aren’t lethal in their own right. The Packers are just a very well rounded and well-coached team that is a perennial favorite year in and year out. Although still early, it is not far out of the realm of possibilities that these two teams meet in the playoffs come the end of the year. And it is not out of the realm of possibilities that one of these two teams plays in the Super Bowl, or even wins the Super Bowl.

Come Sunday September ninth, the 49ers defense has the daunting task of slowing down probably the most high powered offense in the league today. With 2011 league MVP Aaron Rogers guiding the Packers offense and a plethora of high caliber wide receivers patrolling the passing lanes, the task at hand for the 49ers could be no greater.

Rogers alone threw for 4,643 yards in 2011…with only six interceptions. That’s an amazing statistic, even as he did not play the final regular season game. Rogers spreads the ball around to his receivers more efficiently than anyone in the league does. It’s his attention to detail that makes his game so efficient. Thus far there is not a weakness that the 49ers can focus on. Rogers lets go of the ball quickly and clean, very seldom is he forced into mistakes. Pass rush or not, the 49ers cant depend too much on the defensive line to alter the game in their direction.

Most of the defensive pressure will fall on the 49ers secondary and linebackers shoulders. A tall order considering the fact that they have to fend off the likes of Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver, and Jermichael Finley. All of who have been known to have big games or go for long touchdowns at any given moment.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Packers also bring in a very solid running attack behind newly acquired Cedric Benson. Though the running game is not nearly as dangerous as the passing and receiving game, it does open up the complete offense for Rogers to have his way with. And with James Starks returning to form, the Packers are never in need of a disciplined ground game in any situation.

It’s no doubt that the 49ers have their work cut out for them this coming Sunday. But if it’s up to the scratch and claw 49ers defense, they will not be denied their moment in the sun. The defense is hungry for 2012, and they want to play the best. They want to beat the best. They are not intimidated by any offense that takes the field. The 49ers defense is ranked number one for a reason. They willingly take on all challengers without any fear or hesitation what so ever.

Come Sunday September ninth, clash of the titans’ starts in Green Bay. If this game is any indication of what the rest of the season holds, then look out sports fans. It’s gonna be a great year. 

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