Originally Posted by One87
I agree. I wouldn't bet on this game either. Smith's injury hurts, but they can mask that with ball control. The '9ers have arguably the best O-line in football and they're not a quick strike offense. I think the D will be pumped at home and wilk step up, even if Smith doesn't play, which would be HUGE.
The problem is that without Justin Smith, Aldon Smith has been useless, which means no pass rush. The biggest asset the 49ers had was being able to get pressure just rushing four. Regardless of how pumped they are that still means they are going to have to blitz to sustain pressure, which means man coverage, which means Rodgers goes to town.
I agree that the 49ers will try to control this game with ball control because that's their style but even with Kaepernick in there I think they are pooched if Green Bay gets a two score lead. 49ers just can't play from behind. I could totally see them getting an early lead and hanging on though, which is why I still am not touching this game.