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Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:30 pm
A. Smith was sacked nine times by Baltimore (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So, what did we learn today from the Thanksgiving games? No. 1, Green Bay is clearly the best team in football (as if we didn’t already know that), and No. 2, at this point, there doesn’t seem to be anybody in the NFC who has the ability to keep the Packers out of the Super Bowl.

Listen, the 49ers, who fell 16-6 to Baltimore, are a great story, and what Jim Harbaugh has done this year for them has been amazing. Quarterback Alex Smith has had one of the biggest career turnarounds this season. Frank Gore is still one of the best running backs in the league, Patrick Willis is one of the best linebackers and Justin Smith is one of the most underrated defensive ends.

But as a challenger to the Packers, San Francisco still has big problems. The 49ers offensive line was porous, allowing nine sacks, and their offense wasn’t in the least bit dynamic. And they’ve still got Smith leading the team. Sure, he’s been solid this year, but he also threw a bad interception in the end zone at the end of the first half that killed a promising drive and then got caught intentionally grounding the ball with 1:28 left to go in the game.

And once the Ravens went up 13-6 on a Joe Flacco touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta, the 49ers simply didn’t have the capabilities to make a comeback. Yes, the 49ers had a short week and had to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and that couldn’t have been easy. But if you were looking for that something special out of the San Francisco squad, it was certainly hard to spot.

So, you can count the 49ers out of the NFC title race.

As my colleague Ryan Wilson pointed out earlier today, Ndamukong Suh might have cost the Lions the game against the Packers (and perhaps their season?). At the beginning of the game, Detroit played Green Bay evenly, but the Lions top player lost his cool by trying to stomp (literally!) on his opponent and Detroit showed it's not up to playing an entire game vs. the defending Super Bowl champs.

So, you can count out the Lions.

The Cowboys? They played a Dolphins team at home, and really, they should have won by double-digits. Yes, Miami is vastly improved these past couple weeks, but Dallas is supposedly one of the better teams in the NFC. The Cowboys shouldn’t be struggling with the Dolphins so much that they needed a last-second field goal to win the game.

So, you can count out the Cowboys.

Well, who CAN compete with the Packers? The Saints? Maybe, because they’re probably the second-best team in the conference right now. The Bears? Not with Caleb Hanie running the show? The Giants? Eli Manning is having a wonderful season, but their defense has been hit hard by injuries.


Hell, maybe the 49ers actually could give the Packers a hard time if they were to play. After all, Ray Rice said the 49ers were the best team the Ravens have faced this year "by far." He must have been talking about the defense only.

But for now, we’re not sure if anybody in the NFC actually is good enough to play with the Packers. And now we only have eight weeks left to find out if that kind of team actually exists.

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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:07 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

This season each week things are up for grabs.  Who would have picked the 49ers to be what 9-2.  The Saints were rolling some but then lost to St. Louis I think.  The Patriots have struggled some this year.  Atlanta has been up and down.  Yes the Pack is 11-0 but it is a shakey 11-0, and I'm a Packer fan.  How any times do you give up 400+ yards and still win.  We've done it a few times this year. Our defense has to become more consistent.  Our saving grace is Rodgers can put up a lot of points and is making good decisions and our defense is making plays when it counts.  We've got the Giants next, lets just concentrate on that game.  You know the minute we have a bad game we will hear we are over-rated, our defense stinks, our schedule is soft, we have no running attack, etc.  In the end the only thing that matters is who is left standing on Super Bowl Sunday.  Last year it was Green Bay.  After the game, all our troubles, weakness, bad games, poor performances were so far way.  We became gritty champions, everything else forgotten!

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:47 am
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Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:38 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

All I have to say is wow.  According to this author we should just pack up the rest of the regular season and post season and give the championship to the packers.  If we were following those rules the Patriots would have been superbowl champs for the last 10 years.  Packers are vunerable just like the patriots were when they went 18-1  that is why the game is played every week because any team can beat any team any time. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:33 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

LOLOLOLOL......You are a moron.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:32 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Lets clear the air for all the idiots out there:  The Packers have won 17 in a row with 11 of those games coming on the road.  They are the best team in the NFL and are a tier above the rest of the league at this point plain and simple.  There is no arguing that point except for idiots and morons...

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:19 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

You 49er boy, due a bad game comment was wrong. Rodgers is prepared. Their 2nd string recievers could start for the 49ers. If you rush more than 4, Rodgers will pick you clean, 49ers secondary is average at best. 49ers cannot get down and come back, Pack can. Remember the Greatest show on turf of the Rams ? Defense sucked, they just put up more points than the oppenent.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:53 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

If Green Bay loses Aaron Rodgers everyone will be able to compete with them,as they would truly be an average team. Yes Bishop and Matthews are good on defense but every team has some good players.  TEh Pasck's offense ine stinks  and Rodgers could get injured.

Rodgers is so good defenses foreget about the run and so below average backs do ok. Many teams have better receivers too, but Rodgers makes makes them look good too.

Rodgers has everything -he's smart - went to Cal-Berkeley not a thug school and thinks before he speaks and before he throws.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:37 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Aaron Rodgers is due a bad game

Is the best defense/reasoning you can give the 49'ers?  Are you kididng me?  Go back into your hole like the Lions fans, not a chance.  10 sacks is like 1 of the first few tune up games in college football game vs a mormon tech college...  Don't even pretend they can do anything but run the football and cross their fingers that the defense makes 12++ stops a game.

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:36 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Learn to spell Cheese F#$k.

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:41 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Good agruements, but to answer your first question on who will be the ravens: seatle, tennessee, and jacksonville, and sorry to say they would not "smoke the packers" sure they have a great defense, but there is a great defense against nfl teams and then there is a great defense against the packers and the packers are yet to find one, pittsburg last year best scoring defense in the nfl and the packers found little resistance against them, and yes sure that was last year, but im thinking our offense is even better this year thus the 11-0 reco

the 49ers have a great defense, but they have yet to play anyone close to the fire power of the packers so they are unproven which is the point of this article, and aaron rodgers is not due a bad game, this is him normally so get us to it, espcially with the people he gets to choose from to throw too he is not gonna slow down anytime soon

sure our defense is giving up points and big plays, but they step up when needed and get tons of turnovers.

so im not gonna totally agree with this article, someone could be the packers but i dont see it happening.

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