Takin' Care of Business...Posted:Nov 6th, 2020 2:50 am
The Packers didn't prove a lot with their Thursday night beat down of the 49ers. It doesn't erase the stench of their dismal performance against the Vikings. We all know that the Niners were hopelessly outmatched and had virtually no shot at springing the upset.
But the Pack did what they were supposed to do: dominate and take care of their business. It was great to see Aaron Jones back on the field and reminding us what a difference maker he can be. And there's Davante Adams, whose absurd production has clearly vaulted him into the 'best receiver in football' conversation.
Watching Rodgers and Adams operate is magical. It obviously helps that the 49ers offered no real pass rush, with Nick Bosa and Dee Ford watching in street clothes. But the Pack was dealing with their own issues on their side of the line. With David Bakhtiari missing another game and Ricky Wagner unable to finish when is knee flared up, the Pack showed its depth and versatility to handle those absences.
Billy Turner has been one of the unsung heroes of the 6-2 start. After an underwhelming 2019, he came into this season regarded as an overpaid lineman who was probably best served being the sixth guy on a good team's offensive line. But his move to right tackle erased the team's biggest lineup question mark and he has handled the switch to left tackle to replace Bakhtiari seamlessly. And Elgton Jenkins once again showed his amazing versatility, playing LG, LT and center all in one game.
Despite the injuries, this is still an above average 49ers defense, and the Pack's offense was back in rhythm. They were helped by a pair of actual takeaways. I forgot that it was legal to take the ball away from the offense--how refreshing.
The reality is we can take away virtually nothing from Green Bay's defensive performance. That was a week two preseason game lineup the 49ers put on the field. When the COVID rules removed LT Trent Williams and WR Brandon Aiyuk from the game at the last moment, it removed any chance they had of moving the ball consistently. Even without Jaire Alexander and Krys Barnes, who left the game with injuries, the defense controlled things until the final six minutes, when Pettine emptied the bench.
Not much to be gleaned from this win, except that it was one we didn't expect when the schedule came out. 6-2 at the halfway mark is the best I could have envisioned, with both Vikings games and road trips to New Orleans and San Francisco in the rearview mirror. With ten days off and three of the next four at home, the Pack have an opportunity to get their key injured guys back on the field and take firm control of the NFC North.