- Defensive coordinator Dom Capers made his intentions clear with his defensive play-calling: have the pass-rushing OLB play contain with zone coverage behind in the secondary to prevent Colin Kaepernick from gashing all levels of the defense with his scrambling ability. For the most part, the execution was solid. Although Kaepernick threw for over 400 yards, the Packers accomplished their goal of limited his running threat.
- Unfortunately for the Packers, as well as Clay Matthews played, he remains their best pass-rusher and best quarterback spy.
- That said, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis largely ran free, finding soft-spots the Packers zone time and time again, especially on 3rd down. The Packers did a solid job getting the 49ers into 3rd and medium and 3rd and longs, but were terrible in getting off the field, allowing 9 of 18 conversions.
- The young safeties, Jerron McMillian and the doctor M.D. Jennings showed why the Packers gave Morgan Burnett what some viewed as a generous extension. Poor angles and blown coverages opened up the deep seam time and time again.
- Aside from his fumble and a few empty runs early, Eddie Lacy largely played well, especially considering the sub-par blocking of Green Bay’s interior offensive line. Lacy’s impact will become even more apparent against teams with weaker front 7s.
- Although the guards and center Evan Dietrich-Smith were man-handled time and time again, Tackles David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay more than held their own.
- Who’s Greg Jennings? Between Finley, Cobb Nelson and Jones, the Packers receiving core may not have the depth of previous seasons, but those guys match up with any top four across the league.
- Overall, the Packers played well and lost to a better team on the road. These teams will meet again with more at stake than week 1 supremacy.
- Next week, the Packers will face off with another division favorite: the Washington Redskins in their home opener. Stay tuned to Packer Breakdown for more analysis of Sunday’s game.