Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/5/12
Five Big Games - 49ers vs. Packers: Opening Week features two of the best NFC teams matched up. Alex Smith was one of the biggest breakout players last year and the 49ers made some improvements on offense around him. The Green Bay receiving corps suffered some injuries this preseason, namely concussions sustained by Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley. It won’t get better against one of the league’s strongest defenses. I believe Rodgers will pull this one off, but if not, the 49ers can stake their claim as the team to beat in the NFC. - Steelers vs. Broncos: Peyton Manning gets his first test with his new team after missing a year against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their stout defense. Dick Lebeau placed a renewed emphasis on creating turnovers, and the Steelers defense really responded this preseason after a mediocre 2011. The Broncos defense was probably the most underrated last year, taking a back seat to all the Tim Tebow hype but doing all the dirty work. Can Wallace shake off...
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