GB at Niners 8:00PM ET
Okay, here's the deal. I don't want to play the Niners. Atlanta? Absolutely. Seahawks? Hell, yes. The Niners? I don't like the way that cookie might crumble.
Green Bay has some flaws. One big one, protecting against the run, was taken care of last week. But it was taken care of because we didn't have to worry about the Viking's quarterback, Webb, at all. We won that game, and I'm pumped. The only problem is, the match-up that it now presents. The Packers now get their second, or maybe first, biggest flaw exposed -- our inability to protect Aaron Rodgers. Our offensive line is disastrous. Aaron Rodgers is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Not the distinction the current reigning league MVP was hoping to achieve this year.
So, I know! Let's play the third best team in total defense -- the Niners. Yay (insert sarcasm)! Let's play against the Smith brothers! Yay! Justin Smith will be active for the game, but we can only hope, that after a month off, he's a little rusty and a bit overwhelmed.
Green Bay needs to hope that Mr. Kaepernick is in awe of the playoffs and is stuck looking at the grand scale of it all instead of putting in a good performance. The Packers also need to be hoping that they got a little practice against the read-option when playing Webb last week. PLUS, one can only hope the ability to stop the run can carry over from the Vikings playoff game to Frank Gore this week, because the Packers won't get the privilege of playing against such a weak quarterback this time.
Ah, the playoffs. The time I pull out my hair, take tums, and can't decide between sitting, standing, and pacing during the game. I usually do all three.
As always, GO PACK!
Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.