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My name is Carl Senna.
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And today I am n graced by the presence of both the full press coverage.
40 Niners and Cardinals Manager Ryan and Bird Arata.
Hey, how's it going? I'm happy to be here Saturday out of Arizona.
Uh, it's actually little warmer here in Canada.
Got some snow for a bit.
But now it seems like everything's kind of melting.
I won't be long.
Will have more snow again.
But this looks like a nice day today, so But we're not here for the weather report.
We're here for the again Packers and 40 Niners game primetime contest.
So this is gonna be just in general where we get into I mean, it's It's the first time that Sunday Night Football has been Levi Stadium assistance the stadium open, but really in 2013 from So I'm judging by how you're crazy workers on the Monday night game against the Sox Onion VIPs, Especially because it's it's a it's a 40 Niners and Packers game like justice is gonna be kind of crazy.
Oh, I agree. Absolutely.
I mean, the records on eight and two.
Packers team versus a nine and 1 40 Niners team.
This is very competitive.
Um, you know, I've looked at the odds.
Both teams should make the playoffs, but you know, to really know either any team right now, it's still lose out and fall out.
But for now, it looks like this is gonna have huge implications on playoff seeding, potentially even first round byes.
And if these two teams meet again in the playoffs, home field advantage.
So there's a lot of things of factors is more than just another win in the regular season.
Get that? Definitely, I mean, especially for the 40 Niners, where it's one of those things where, you know, a lot of people are really thinking that they let legitimate stuff, though.
So for them, it's just another way to prove Well, um, I think the news to get into is a lot of these injuries.
For the Packers, it's a pretty easy and report, uh, cold Madison.
No one has been listed out on the end report.
He's been getting very little playing time I mean, just in terms of offensive snaps this year, Uh, he actually hasn't seen any immediate, so that doesn't really matter for them.
More been the backup in Because all the offensive linemen are healthy, his presence isn't really needed.
But it's Robert, Tanya and Danny now Robert Tony in young, tight end, uh, has the building.
You stretch the field from the tight end position, which I guess it's kind of lacking in certain spots.
Spots a load with J.
Sternberg rookie back.
It's ah, he's telling.
It is questionable.
I don't feel the need to rush in, but if he's in it, it's good.
But I think a ****ing retaliate fullback who was limited in practice all week and also is this question You might have a bit of a less chance of playing.
I think that affects a bit more.
Um, it's funny because vitality they use him less as a fullback in terms of ah, lead blocker and war is a receiver.
They like getting them out there.
I know and we're gonna talk about the head coach comparisons, but something both these head coaches like to do is use the fullback as a receiving weapons s so that could be that it might be weird *** things more than anything else in terms of the run games.
But I think you know, the big moral country mostly is on the 40 Niners.
This is a quite a lengthy injury list.
Do you want to go through it? Yeah, that's what I mean.
For years, you have a total of six players for source still listed.
You have started the guys who go out, and that's just just daily.
I'm starting left before the 40 Niners.
He injured his stuff.
I believe it was asked me to.
So he's been It's good.
I've been out since with me.
Three foot slipped it into the sea.
I heard what happened in that game.
And then it goes down into the docile players, which are Matt Brita, who was out salt last week against against the Cardinals.
You know, one of the dynamic running backs that before the first feature of the fashion ones in the league and then you have a board board.
Obviously I have been in the sticker off from gold, but to be completely honest, I'm not too worried about.
It wasn't because the replacement recent a lot of that replicated theocracies.
Personally, I think that was the only thing by these.
He's the fourth of five.
So he's gonna be a reason for not outside of mental.
Sandra, you're awful question capital last.
But last time I checked, they were abilities to be guys, we're gonna probably be naked.
Um, so, yeah, I think again, but I'm actually been pretty amazed with the 40 Niners is how long Joe State leads.
But, Alice, how their offense of line is still performed.
I know I was looking at the football outsiders offensive line, their metrics.
And they have the 40 Niners ranked ninth and adjusted sack rate, actually above the trackers.
So even without Joe Staley, they've been able to maintain good pass protection on the offensive.
Large, I think, has been a pretty big key for the 40 Niners.
I mean, the fact that you lost at one point you were playing without both starting tackles, and you basically had ah, guy who was in the p.
I believe he was in the A f this past year and another guy who was like, I think, 1/6 round draft pick this year just in school.
So you had those two guys Daniel Brunskill, Justin School basically playing your book in tackles, and they played well produced the entire season.
I mean, especially a dialect.
Justin's you'll who's again a rookie six pick.
And he's been playing just as good, if not better for it.
Stapley was when he was healthy actually here.
So it's something to be proud of you.
If you are a force to be understood, you forget it because of the injuries to the offensive line, and you're a little worried about guys getting perfect.
But when it comes down to it, I mean, the apartment has been a pretty big job.
They shot up a little bit, but that's a lot more for a city park.
Little not being around it.
Uh, I mean, I know again both.
He seems to rely on the offensive line.
So much for the Packers in terms of attacking this offensive line.
Obviously, it comes down to Preston Smith.
Is Darius Smith on the edges? I mean, if you haven't washed for nine hours, we didn't be fair to say this is maybe the best pass rush do that they faced all year.
It's one of the better ones.
You also you know, they were coming across the Panthers time warp, but, like right this second in the league and tax.
So they played some pretty good pass resting teams.
But I just happened.
So maybe it's something out of it.
I do a pull up studs and Chandler Jones.
They're among the league leaders if it's far teammates with sack, so they placed everything the teething pass rush capabilities.
It's just a matter of for them, really just getting the football out quickly.
And that and that.
So you guys tight ends.
Those that really need to do is get the football about.
Don't give up too many sacks, considering how much they are throwing a football.
Yeah, that's Ah, that's a good point.
And you know that might be needed in this game with two quarterbacks that can, uh, really, really passed a football.
I know for the Packers defense on and the it's been a major overhaul in a lot of ways, certainly been getting more so.
That was really always did last year.
Uh, Clay, Matthews and Harry.
There's still at least ableto put pressure on the quarterback, so just a lot of times didn't result in sacks issue.
The Packers are getting quarterbacks and getting them down a lot more times than not.
I know it's it's really has been.
I find Kenny Clarke the big factor and right in the middle.
If a team, I find that the games where the Packers past struggled most was in games where you had a center, or sometimes even a right guard that was able to block him one on one, and then just you get allowed a chip to the and help more double team.
You know, the Smiths.
The Eagles game is a great example.
Jason Kelsey had his way with Kenny Clarke almost the entire day.
What running was super easy was opening all sorts of lanes and pass protection.
Clark really couldn't get any pressure from the interior, and then something in the Raiders game, especially in the Chargers game to a little.
I chalk it up to just against them, getting out to the West Coast so late in the week, which definitely didn't happen this week It's funny, I So we're talking.
Coaching in the offense is here.
It's a mat LaFleur.
I kind of maybe learn from the mistake of they got Thio.
On Friday played 48 hours later, not even 48 hours later.
And they know they body clocks in the tough time to adjust.
Because from the gecko, the Chargers looked like they were faster.
There are more alert.
They're just much more ready to play.
The Packers were and took awhile through the Packers to get in the game.
Um, red zone defense.
It may be the only one thing that worked out well, because they forced charges, keep a lot of fuel goals.
But really, it was a struggle there.
They got out last Saturday.
So a week ago today, when the Packers traveled, So they've been out there the entire week? Uh, not only did he correct the steak, I almost feel like we've overcorrected and get out there early.
I feel like most teams travel on a Monday, get most the weekend, but he's no, it's Let's get a full week in that, Uh, no.
In this time zone to adjust.
So, uh, I expect him to be much more ready, especially for a later game.
Uh, so, yeah, what do you think about that? Is that something that a lot has been struggling with traveling to the West Coast with $4 at home? Um, Toby, to be honest, I mean, with with how good the foreigners have been the season, it it's just kind of seemed that they just, for the most part, been better than the teams that have come out especially early in the season. You have.
You know, you had teams like like the Steelers.
Yet teams like up the profound who came out, and I mean a lot of those games, you know, the teams would be there for at least half of the week, so they had time to acclimating.
One thing I do know because because the 400 are fairly a young team, especially on defense, with that crowd that gets going especially recently in for the 40 Niners.
They feed off of that crowd.
So, you know, we talked about home field advantage.
I mean, I for as much grief as a lot of 400 fans have received for the lack of you know being in their seats during during the early parts of a game at Leave Ice fields.
Oh, and for good reason, but a CZ much because they have They've really been loud and they've really been crazy.
So the I'm not sure if you've noticed yet, but ah, online, I believe if you were to look for ah, ticket reseller for Sunday's game, you're looking at, um, leased the $1000 to sit in the upper section.
So it's Ah, it's a hot ticket right now.
The fact that the 40 Niners are team that just drives so much on just kind of the energy that's in the stadium.
I mean, they have done it even on the road.
So for them, it's something where they get out quickly.
For the most part, I will.
I will, I will say.
One thing, though, is that the 400 defense has this habit of the very first opening drive.
Um, they basically kind of just run really basic defense, just a real based defense.
They, you know, it's it's a it's a wide nine front four.
It's basically ah 43 cover three type of defense, and they run a very basic scheme for the first drive in a lot of it is just to see how the offense looks.
If the Packers could kind of just jumped on really quickly and kind of get the crowd out of it, I mean, that's that's gonna do a lot more than really anything else.
Yeah, I find offensively for the Packers.
I think the key is gonna be the run game.
I mean, we look at a lot of defensive metrics.
And one of the staff's terms of the counting, stats and yards allowed the 40 Niners.
It's bottom of the league to most positions everywhere.
Running back, wide receiver, tight ends.
It doesn't really matter.
There's no there's no weakness on the defense.
Some advanced metrics.
Football outsiders dio a defense adjusted value over average, which goes, The judges play by play down by down defense.
They have in the 40 Niners Maur middle of the pack around big average run.
Where is past defense? They're them and the hatred or so far ahead of everyone else.
It's still ridiculous, Um, so it does seem like if there is maybe one weak spot, it will be on the ground So I think for the Packers, the key will be getting Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams going.
It certainly worked against the Panthers.
I thought that was a big reason why they won the game.
There was their ability to run the football, and there have been games this year.
It's, uh, well that in turnovers really defined the game report.
That's actually how the Packers have been winning.
Two is turnovers, but, yeah, ground game.
I think it's super important for the Packers to establish here.
And if they can get that going, the play action stuff off, uh, with Aaron Rodgers might work better.
With the 14 hundreds pass rush, I looked for a lot of short passes to come out of this.
I think that's where they're gonna attack more.
I expect to see a lot of about the atoms in the slot.
They like to do that against, uh, better pass.
Rush is just is a way to get him open.
Did get him the football quickly against teams they feel they can protect.
Well, they'll put him on the outside and let it run down the field, But I feel like against the 40 Niners, you'll see a lot of him in the slot.
Um, and, uh, maybe a lot of passes to Jimmy Graham.
Although I know I've I've made my, uh, my, uh, use on Jimmy Graham pretty public about how I feel like it says it's never been worth what they paid him since it was signed.
I know cutting Mike Daniels is here to save money also didn't make sense.
I thought you're gonna cut anyone to save money.
Would have been Jimmy Graham is I know, for the packers there their defense witnesses also been in the run game s o for the 40 Niners.
I expect to be gained from Coleman and maybe Jeff Wilson.
Do you feel like that's important for the night is to establish their attack on the ground? Yeah.
I mean, the last two games, To be honest with you, I haven't really been very pretty on the ground.
Um, I believe they have only gained just north of 100 yards total over.
There's two games and a lot of again comes down to the fact that people don't really understand how much George Kiddo means to the offense outside of just fetch me football.
He is one of the best blocking tight ends, just really one of the best blockers in general when it comes, you know, through the entire NFL, and especially in the run game.
You know, the 40 Niners love to use, you know, like 22 personnel, so they'll run.
You know, they're running back their fullback.
And he liked to put two and two tight ends up there and one of whom typically has been George.
Get over a lot of times playing almost ah as an H back half the time.
So having someone like him be able to athletically get her on the edges and seal one side or seal the backside, you know, that's something that they've missed.
And last week they struggled mightily against against the Cardinals, and that's why you had Jimmy G having to throw for 400 yards.
I do think this week might be a little bit better because there is a bigger check Kittle Place, and if he is playing, there's no he's gonna immediately help that offense.
So I mean for the run game, when it comes to serve justice, go.
It's just a matter of, you know, getting that time effort.
Getting seven Goldman. His carries.
Raheem Mostert is probably gonna be the number two back.
What was that? Oh, so I didn't say anything.
Oh, yeah, I was.
Number two back is probably gonna be Raheem Mostert.
That's how it's typically been.
Um, Jeff Wilson, you have really only had one play last week.
And that was that touchdown reception he got.
He's He's the guy who will come into the red zone if we need it.
If Colby needs a breather, he's the guy that comes in.
But all three of them are very talented in the backfield in and you can't forget about.
You know, someone like Kyle.
Who's we talked about fullback catching tight on fullback, past catching. Pull back.
Sorry about that.
And he's He's one of those guys that you fade a big amount of money for, and he's really paid dividends in in both the passing game and the game.
So for the 40 Niners, it's just a matter of getting back to basics and just kind of at the point of attack.
Just doing your job and having George Kettle.
If he's able to play tomorrow and play relatively effectively.
Even at 75% he's gonna be a force to reckon with for the Packers.
I mentioned Jeff Wilson because I know even in games where the Packers have actually stopped the run pretty well in terms of yards for Carrie, they still touchdowns.
I think the prime example is the Lions game they held carry on Johnson Thio under three yards a carry things about 2.
5 point six like that.
But he still score a touchdown.
And again, you know, doing my Red Zone Report beekeeper press coverage fantasy.
I see that, especially early on when Coleman wasn't there.
Jeff Wilson got a lot of red zone carries.
A lot of gold line work, I think.
Over the over that week two and three, he had Maur red zone opportunities than any player in the NFL in the two week stretch.
Yeah, uh, but then, once Coleman's come back, it seems it seems like it's certainly more him.
I still notice Wilson could get as you mentioned you, so just a little 111 offensive play.
You'll still get a red zone opportunity out of it, so it could be, you know, maybe unlike that again.
Unlike the Chargers, game efficiency in the red zone could be the thing that tilts it.
I get the Packers will play much better than they did in the charges.
So the 40 Niners I don't think we'll be able to just settle for field goals.
And they might be hesitant to.
How has the kicking have been without, uh, Robbie Gould? Well, without gold so far, believe checks. McLaughlin.
You know, just guy that picked up off the street.
Ah, he's He's only missed that 1 47 yard in overtime.
Other than that, I'm you hit, Ah, kick that.
I was from the same length to get the team to get the $4 into overtime on that Monday night game.
You're pretty much I'll be honest, as close to a short thing as you can get with the kicker.
He's only missed one kick, I believe, out of 76 or seven attempts, so he's he's been he's there.
He's been consistent.
He has a leg thesis.
They showed him the warm upside last week.
King kids over 55 without it without a problem.
So in the red zone, if it drives, you sold, there's there's a lot of confidence with him, But with this 40 Niners team, it's They're a lot better this year at scoring the touchdowns in the red zone versus the teams that have struggled over the last couple of years.
And a lot of it just kind of comes down to, you know, Kittle.
They have guys like Steve O Samuel, who's hopefully healthy and playing same thing with Emmanuel Sanders.
You just have a little bit a little more playmakers that are available now this season that you didn't have it previously.
So so far, they've been free good last week.
If it weren't for the two interceptions in the red zone, I mean, the $4 would have, you know, would have scored every single time there, and you would have scored pretty much touched down here for single time there.
I'm so before for the 400.
If you just looking at that game, yeah, it's gonna come down to how well the Packers can.
Can Ripley just get the pressure up front if they can kind of push around Weston, Richburg and the interior that for your honor's office of line, you know they'll be.
They'll do enough to to stop the running the red zone.
Don't do enough to cause enough pressure up front for Garoppolo that he can't no sit there and find is his receivers, which is against I mentioned.
I think Kenny Clarke is the big X factor on that.
And if he could get going, it seems like what Clark, it's double team that gives Dean Lowry good opportunities.
So if he's forcing double teams on him suddenly and for no, make that adjustment, get open things up for everyone else.
So, yeah, Captain Kenny Clarke is, as usual is a big X factor on that interior pressure.
No, I guess, Uh uh, So the one last thing about the Packers defense is last week they got their 16th take away.
That eclipses all of 2018 where they only had 15 turnovers forced by the defense.
So, as I mentioned, turnovers have been a big part of a lot of victories for the Packers this year.
I feel like that's gonna have to be the case again against a 40 Niners team that has mentioned putting up a lot of points, and the Packers have been vulnerable to the big play.
It does seem like does have a solid arm.
Seems like, uh, Washington Plate.
Uh, the A C L injury from last year is that hasn't been hasn't affected him at all.
He seems like he had the a year off.
Basically, it was a week three, I believe.
And you recovered.
It seems to be playing maybe the best football of his career.
So you got that.
It's This is gonna be a high scoring game, even though both the defense's do Look, I know the Vegas spread had it among the top five this week.
Last time I checked so, uh, you know, like the the oddsmakers are thinking that this game will be among the higher scoring ones on the weak.
The next? Yeah, with both with Philip determined, as you can tell, they're talented.
Sorry, they're they're, you know they're talented, but it's just a matter of both.
Offensive had play callers, especially on the 40 Niners side with Shanahan.
I mean, you look at when they play the Packers in previous years, and even against really good defense is Kyle Shanahan can drug basically scheme guys open.
So Garoppolo looks healthy and he's throwing the ball around well, so that's it.
It's gonna be a high strung getting depth, and again, we reference it a few times.
Means we'll get into it now, actually, is the coaching connection between these two? Kyle Shanahan are both linked? Uh, you know, through a lot of jobs throughout their careers, you want to kind of explain how that all started? Yes.
So, really, the biggest thing.
The biggest connection is a fact that when Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in in Washington for his father, Mike Shannon, that staff famously had Shawn next day and Matt LeFlore.
Obviously once China had kind of left and did his own thing.
And then I believe I have to check again.
But I believe Matt went with him to, um, to move Atlanta.
But either way, on this bleak, too.
You know the Rams for a few seasons under Sean McVeigh, and they run very similar offenses are a lot of the thinking is the same.
I believe ESPN had kind of a special under three of them together, talking about how ah lot of their game plan is the way they look at the people.
The way they look at defense is, you know, bit it is a shared commonality there.
So when you're looking at it, I mean, we talked about it before we even start recording.
Today was the fact that you had thes guys who kind of look at their run back and get tight and in their full boxes a certain way and just looking at the offenses themselves.
You know, you have past catching tight ends.
You have passed cashing fullbacks and running backs.
And for the 40 Niners especially, especially with coming off of that bad sleep with their wide receivers against the STI ox, where I believe that there was nine, maybe even tension drops that they had.
You know, you came back and you saw a lot of throat through the running backs, a lot of throws to the fullbacks.
And these weren't just going past Theodore, you know, angle Rouse.
The game winning touchdown against the Cardinals was basically if it would be better if I didn't step, they'll catch us roadworthy angled out, that comes out of the backfield.
So you know they're not afraid to throw the ball out of the running back and forth? Absolutely.
Actually, there was one spot.
They were together just before Washington.
Uh, Kyle Shanahan was if he was the offense coordinator, judges, quarterback, coach.
But in Houston, I think, uh, actually, yeah, was There was his first NFL job was an offensive quality control coach.
So that was after extended else.
Ash Ashland as the seven.
Yeah, I followed him to Washington and then together in Atlanta for a couple seasons.
And then he was with a one year and then the one year in Tennessee where he was his first year calling plays.
Actually, uh, and even so, I think Matt LaFleur's done a fantastic job as head coach and as plain caller for the Packers.
It was, uh, can ever Which reporter tweeted it out? Even from the first training camp practice, they were amazed at how detail oriented LeFlore was, how every drill seemed to very naturally transition into the next.
And how you know, everything really seemed to make sense from a just how training camp is organized and it seems like he's got the little details down and It's sometimes right.
First time head coach.
There could be so many things.
I feel like Matt LaFleur may have been a lot more prepared than what we thought.
Maybe talking a lot Thio, Shanahan and and McVeigh and learning from those guys, especially how did not just leading offense, but how to be a head coach? And I think it's paid off the record.
But the play calling has certainly been creative.
It's been fun to watch.
I remember there was the one famous touchdown now famous.
The Jamal Williams was recorded at the end of the end zone.
Uh, and you know, everyone was a throwaway not far away, but that that play Cole had three running backs and two tight ends on the fields.
And, uh, I think it ended up being being one of the tight ends in the backfield.
They had Danny Vitality in the SLA.
Jamal Williams out wide.
Uh, I think, uh, I think it was Jones that kind of almost lined him up as a tight end.
Really close the line, too.
It was just a strange type of formation you don't really see often.
It seems like it really confused defense and ultimately I thought they played it off.
The Bath of Venice has always Aaron Rodgers the second play of the play.
The scramble drill.
That's where he had so much success.
So I feel like they fuse those two things well together, uh, floor stories, those a lot of motion.
Almost every place someone's trying to motion.
And I know the Patriots famously use motion to kind of see is the defense man coverage or zone.
They'll see how the defense reacts to the motion if someone's following him.
Okay, that at least there's some element to man coverage received.
The rest it's own afterwards, cause a lot of defense is to start to mix that up or they know.
Okay, no one's moving, okay, it's a full zone, and quarterback suggested that the Packers use it for that reason.
But I've noticed a lot that they're actually targeting the player.
They're putting out emotion.
So the motions also being used to get players into space, as you mentioned, that's a key part to both of these thes head coaches finding the open man in space, giving it a quick play call.
That was kind of a conscious effort was toe, you know, not ignore Rogers scrambling ability but not have to rely on it all the time.
Why have him risk his body all time on every single play running so much if you could get him quick opportunities right? As soon as he gets the ball in his hands, like all the better to find these Open players.
I think they've done a good job defusing the two, and there's a lot of it seemed like that there was a lot of overblown turmoil in the off season about Aaron Rodgers and LeFlore.
I think a lot of that have to do with Rogers.
I think he's a little may be overblown by the new terms and Communications earlier grasping that.
And I think that just got overblown so much, Um, but then by train, the train can't come.
Everyone knew what they were doing.
Every thing it seems like Rogers has the offense under his grasp, and I think he really enjoys this offense.
Actually, it seems like he's, uh, you know, he still gets to do what he wants to do.
He still gets toe run around and make these great plays downfield.
When he gets the opportunity, But I certainly feel like, as you mentioned, targeting the running back's been a big part of it.
Yes, and put them in the one thing.
The one thing that you remember when you're looking at look for looking at McVeigh and your Jack is that their offenses, but their complex and how they get there.
So for someone like Jimmy G, this is really maybe his second full season running this offense.
And he's only recently talked about how you know the The offense is fun.
Now for him, it's he understands it a lot more.
It's becoming a lot easier to understand a lot simpler t t really kind of move around in and for Aaron Rodgers.
You know, you have to think he's done things, done things pretty much one way for most of if not all of his career, especially under with with Mike McCarthy.
And towards the end of that run you just saw happen.
The offensive game plan was have everyone run routes and then just let air and run around and find someone open, which you know is obviously the wrong wayto really scheme up in offense.
But with with metal floor there and the structure and the fact that now you have, you know, routes that are designed to Yes, they're designed to also get open, but they're they're designed to just overload one side and you're running back is gonna basically be wide open with no one around for 15 yards, and you throw it to the running back and you gained 50 anything.
Come right back.
You know, that's that's the game plan.
So for something where you know, Aaron Rodgers had to learn the system and he's still learning it.
You know, just wait for another year or two as long as he's healthy and you're to that offense is going to be very, very scary.
I mean, they already are there run about the same level.
As far as you receiving options as the 40 Niners.
I'm Obviously I will say that Jimmy Graham is is ah, lot further down the tier when it comes to being compared to someone like George killed in the same way.
Yeah, I mean, you know it's But if you look at that offense and you look, you see a lot of the same things, and if you're a package trend.
I mean, one plate it kind of really focused on was last week when it came to the Fort Anderson and the Cardinals.
At one point they had I believe it was a four widened Seper sent to the far side.
You know, they had 33 people lined up there, one of almost how you check the fullback.
Kind of like a bunch formation.
And they ran the two wide receivers.
They just ran them down the field and to clear, clear the way for you.
Shot to come underneath on basically a little slack Cats.
And if he caught it near the red zone and gained, I believe it was like 12 or 13 yards and put the put the offense read it inside the 10 yard line, and that was a place specifically designed for use checks.
And, you know, he's a fullback, basically, and you're running those types of plays and you're going to see that with the Packers more and more once, especially once Aaron Rogers kind of gets more coming with the offense, which is something kind of scary to think about for anyone in the NFC North is Aaron Rodgers isn't yet, you know, come comfortable in that offense.
It's gonna take this full offseason together, toe, really Get Maura, um, or into it, and I'm sure that's why he's so after.
He's probably so happy because of the fact that he has an offense.
What he's actually able to really think and ****yze things and not just, you know, run around the back field.
And it's more than just, uh, I think I think it's a great point of the, you know, using receivers to clear out space is I know the Packers are doing a lot of crossing roads, get a get a receiver to run a shallow intermediate, crossed out of everyone else, empty it out and then let them cut upfield for as much as they can.
Usually, it's a great way to get first.
Alice, um, they have been using that quite often, So look for that again.
A lot of those I think we'll get designed for Davante Adams to be that that underneath guy running that crossing out? Uh, it's funny you mentioned Jimmy Graham, the tight end, I argue.
Marcie's Louis, even at his age.
Still, he looks more athletic and has more ability to get downfield and stretch the defense a bit more than Graham does.
Um, I know I felt that it's funny, because last season Mercedes Lewis was only targeted four times.
Uh, you know, that was with McCarthy in charge of the offense.
And after you got fired, Joe filled in.
Not very creative offensive minds.
Um, bye Week one.
He had already had three targets, I think, in the first game against the Bears.
UH, this season, so definitely using Marcie's Louis, I think it is been a key.
Even he's shown some ability to have that Roger's mind melt scrambled with him.
Uh, get first downs by running your route.
Seeing what Rogers is doing, if he's scrambling, find a way to get open.
I remember one play against the I believe it was the chief's where yeah, he kind of ran out, out, out, fairly shallow.
It is kind of right.
At the first down, Marker recognized Rogers was rolling in his direction, and he just decided to take it upfield, realizing that there was kind of a free zone passes defender.
So he kind of just got that instant, you know, instinct to run up.
Get that separation.
Roger saw him and end up being like a 25 year and pass game.
So I think Mercedes Lewis might actually being key in this game.
That sounds more than Jimmy Graham.
Anyway, I'll stop ranting about Graham.
Um uh, this is, uh, yeah, you mentioned? Uh, yeah, yeah, the one thing I want to start talking with them.
With LaFleur, it's It's not just, you know, around the building off each other.
It seems like it's played a play run.
A certain, you know, I'm gonna run this reverse here and threw the ball a certain direction, finding a tight end or running back fullback underneath in the opposite direction of where you're on the reverse.
You do that a couple times that draws the kind of freezes, the defense little.
Then you run the reverse, and I feel like they're or vice versa.
I feel like there's a lot of plays that build upon each other one after the other.
It's It's not as if you are filled with McCarthy.
It's, you know, maybe it's the right play call for this moment, but, you know, he really is just thinking, played a play, almost playing chess and thinking a few moves ahead where the floor is actually doing a great job.
The last thing I've been really impressed with the floor is the game management.
I haven't noticed any really bad time out cities taking where he's panicking or clock mismanagement.
It seems like he has a real good grasp of game control.
You know, I credit that, not just him that the staff he's put around, he's got Mike Pence is a former head coach.
They know Hackett, who up some on the offense, really instills that.
Still, that offense and helps with the plate designed.
I think to a certain extent I was carried to see a packet, would get to call plays because he had that experience and if maybe that calling plays was too much for the Florida adult off that.
But he's been able to balance everything play calling and a good grasp of the whole team, not just offense and, you know, good game management skills.
So uh, great credit till a floor who I think you definitely deserves it ate into record.
I know the Packers have got a lot of lucky breaks in these Games and is just as easily be around 500.
But I feel like you know, this team is primed to win these close games because they have won.
Most of their games have been by close margins.
Yeah, there's some luck involved, but got to be going to be lucky and be good, right? Examine. Exactly.
If all that matters is, Are you are, you know, position to win the game at the you know, towards the end of the last seven minutes of the game.
Are you within striking distance? And after that? I mean, that's where you know the preparation comes, takes over.
That's where shows up.
And especially the guy like LeFlore.
You talked about how well that staff let's put together.
The good thing is having a guy like Mike Patton, you don't necessarily have to forget about the defense, But you you can trust him to know, keep what he's.
He's gonna take care and do what he needs to do on defense.
And if I need to kind of come in and be like, Hey, we should call a time out here, or should we do this you know, there's there's those lines of communications.
That's one of the things that he does benefit from him and something that now Kyle Shanahan has been doing a lot more because of the fact that you know, Robert Salas defense looks just so much better this year.
And I mean, to be honest, I mean, I remember beginning of the season, you know, before before the Buccaneers game, to open the season for the 40 Niners, and I talked about how worried I was about the defense.
And the secondary looks really bad.
And I don't know about the past rush.
Are they actually going to be any good? And and, you know, we 12 is around right here in front of us, and I'm sitting here kind of just in off how well the secondary is.
And, you know, you talked about someone like you like Randall Cobb.
You're not running home.
Sorry, Monty Adams.
You know those types of guys there are people who I used to completely fear is a 400 fat.
Now it's a matter of Okay, well, we can figure stuff out for him, and I think that comes with the fact that you have defensive coordinators who understand their players very wealth.
No knows what they have.
Especially someone like my pet. No whipping.
What defense you can call.
And then just having that trust factor between the head coach and the team is a coordinator.
Uh, so touching on Adam's.
Do you think that the A particular game plan for Adam's Are they gonna shadow him at all? Are they just gonna If he's in the slot, left the three of them are they just gonna kind of just let the keep their system and keep their guys in place? Or is there gonna be a shadow? Honestly, I do think that for the 40 Niners, I think you know, they I'm sure they're gonna keep at least somewhat on Adam because he is, without doubt, the best receiver on the Packers rosters.
However, when you're looking, when you're looking at the 400 defensible, you see ah, nickel the corner in Juan Williams, who is probably the best in the entire league right now, playing inside of us as a as a nickel back.
So for him, you know he's a guy who I believe is going to make the play on the Pro Bowl.
I don't have much doubts about that, so I think they're going primarily used him.
If if Adams is in the slot, I'm sure they're gonna probably have someone kind of over the top in that area if he moves to the outside.
If I'm if I'm you know the Packers here and I'm looking at the ways to attack the defense through the passing game, it's going to be to use multiple people in the slot.
You have the four wide receivers or bunch on one side and just kind of attack the linebackers.
That's the obvious weak point on the 40 100 defense are the linebackers, especially with Quantum Alexander no longer playing this season because of a heck you lose.
A lot of that's feed you news.
You lose a guy who is comfortable being in, you know, past coverage.
And sure you have guys like Dre Greenlaw who's just this fast in just a talented but he's a rookie.
You have believe another a couple of other guys who are gonna be recycling in on the linebackers who are gonna be having to be in coverage and their young guys not really familiar with playing every down.
So if they can get, obviously think it, Adam's on linebackers and get him on safeties.
That's going to be good.
But as a whole, I don't think the four ends.
We're gonna change too much, really.
Thio try to do that.
I think they're going to try to focus on just getting tea.
Aaron Rodgers and but also kind of protecting against those quick passes underneath.
Yeah, absolutely a key part of both both teams offenses.
And, uh, I mean, you know, I kind of expect almost a similar approaching the 40 Niners, don't you think to where they're gonna try and spread it out and forth the Packers into their their nickel and dime packages and maybe even run out of those packages where there's less linebackers on the field? I know the Packers have struggled at finding a second consistent inside linebacker next to Blake Martino's BJ.
Goodson has had some good games here and there, and Orrin Burkes playing minimal Sze snaps.
I know he injured himself in Week one of the preseason, uh, tore his pack muscle and came back, but really hasn't been too much of a factor he's made some impact blazing.
The short time you remember in the Chargers game, there was a really there was a tackle for loss of zero yard gain on Melvin Gordon, where he came in and you had the right gap and uh, made a great play on Gordon didn't see much action after that again.
The only family 8% of defensive snaps Nike.
So I know it's been, you know, obviously, the way the Packers invested so much in the outside linebackers and getting Adrian Amos and Billy Turner on the offensive line.
They really didn't address the inside linebacker position too much.
Or in Berks, um, they drafted tie Summers in the seventh round, and I remember even looking at the draft in the fifth round there a few linebackers there that I thought the Packers should get, and they didn't end up going in that direction.
I think that may have been where they took Kadar Holman instead at corner, so I was wasn't too certain about, you know, they got BJ Goodson.
Least the Giants cut him, um, just before the season.
So he ended up picking him up.
I think the very last week the preseason just before the 50 50 man monster was announced, Um, so that they kind of got a break there.
But I still feel like that.
That's been a position of disappointment with actors and certainly a place I think the 40 Niners could exploit.
I mean, definitely you look a TTE.
Teams of four units have played and you look at one of the areas that they constantly are just taking advantage of.
It is really the linebacker court.
I mean, you have, for instance, against this detox for the most part, you know, they you know, they struggled to really find any consistency.
But when the offense got going towards the end of that game and brought them back to where they got into overtime, it would really the before the not the throws out of the backfield.
We go to the to the running backs, coming out of the backfield out on, like little shorter, short round passes of it.
That way, you're forcing the linebackers to come on and play coverage and one of the things I will stays if you have and it's gonna always I'm gonna always say this is if you do have a relatively healthy George.
You know, someone who can still block someone who can still run the routes.
That right there is a huge distraction for the defense you have because you're not recover him, which is a linebacker or just a safety.
I know the Packers have been using Adrien Ables to kind of cover one on one on linebackers that has actually worked well against most linebackers.
The elite level, er, linebackers are sorry.
Tight ends, hoops.
Yeah, but yeah, they've been using a gene animals to cover a lot of one on one situations.
You know, Kelsey, Uh, actually, there were times in that game where Kelsey kind of got it end up linebackers.
But I felt like when whenever a Mel's was on Kelsey, it was not his most productive times, usually when there was a zone coverage and I remember there was one player Martinez kind of bit wide open.
So I feel like that's where the Packers trust most to cover that.
Any tight end is Adrian Animals.
But, uh, if he's busy covering kid like he said, he won't be able to help in on coverage on the running backs is easily because that's a position where when he hasn't had to cover tight ends, he can use the approach playing from a strong safety spot.
Um, you know, there was talk in the off season was between him and Donald Sa***e, one of the reasons that they traded up to get Sa***e from 29 21 overall.
When I know a lot of people thought they didn't need you, they could have just waited a 29 gods that they prioritized defense and versatility in the secondary.
Especially at that safety position where the aging animals early in his career was a free safety with the Bears and then later on transition to strong safety and has been able to do both pretty well.
Those grieving back to his college days S o.
You know, that was the priority.
There was getting two guys that could play either.
I know a lot of cases.
It's been Donald Sa***e, the free safety Angels, strong safety, Uh, actually, in the Panthers game US two weeks ago, now was a game.
I really you really start to see Amos Moore is a free safety, which was strange meter.
I thought they put it more on the line to cover Greg Olsen.
But I remember one day, one interception in the end zone, it was because he was deep over the middle and not covering Olsen that he was able to get over tip the past.
I think you're a tree, Mon Williams ended up with the interception.
So I think a mosquito, that whole scheme And, uh, you know, if kills in that I'm excited to see that match that maybe one of the most intense one on one coverage matchups between any receiver and defensive back would be killing animals if that ends up happening.
And definitely and and that's kind of why you really is a 400 you hope that Kettle is healthy enough to go and and even if he's not on the game breaker, George killed that.
A lot of people you trusted these days, as long as he's still a but, you know, warrant the coverage.
As long as the Packers have to really pay attention to do him, then you still have Ah, guys like Debo Samuel, You still have Emmanuel Sanders who can make plays on the outside, and if you've seen it over the last few weeks with Depot, Sam knows.
Oh, he just has started to take over the last couple of games.
Yes, drops aside.
I mean, I think the guy can make a lot of places when it comes to the 400 offense.
It's if Santa had, knows that he's gonna have, you know, basically bracket coverage or the best basic, the best cover guy on something like Kittle.
He's gonna move Kittle around, get your get your cover guys away from from that side of the ball and just, you know, do things with with with his running backs on little flares or screenings.
He's gonna, you know, run these long crossing routes or wrong, like deep in cuts with guys like Sanders and Deebo, and they're gonna be open.
And that's the thing.
It's if if Tittle is healthy than that offenses, I don't see that offense really being slow that slow down right at any point other than maybe eternal.
So for the 40 Niners are just hoping that kill is fully healthy and Kittle, it can come back and play well.
And if you're a Packers fan, you know the obviously other than kid was not playing.
It would just be that they're able to get to the quarterback and that they're able to force, you know, the bad throws toe do that because it's gonna be tough.
I'm I don't like I said earlier.
I don't think it's gonna be a defensive battle.
It may start off that way, but I really does that.
It's gonna end up, you know, 14 to 17 type of game or something like that.
We're gonna be looking at this 20 late twenties and and thirties.
Yeah, I think if I remember the spread scripted, they had the $4 at, uh, 26 a half points.
Is there there? Implied total.
So, yeah, I definitely expect both teams to be in the twenties.
At least I like you're saying a kid all.
I don't think roster only strikes any fear in the heart of the Packers defense at all.
They won't make him a priority, which may even open up some things for dwelling if he is the starting tight end, but certainly draws more coverage toward Samuel and Sanders.
Um, I know in the Broncos game, and Sanders was still on the Broncos here.
Alexander actually a really good job showing him out of the game, and he did not produce much.
So if that ends up being the magic, I could see, maybe the Packers decided to do that.
They'll just stick Alexander on Sanders, knowing that he could just shut him out completely and force them to force the four nines to beat them with Samuel.
With Kittle, I could see marquees Goodwin Maybe.
I know he only missed those two games, and this not played a ton of snaps last two weeks more than Dr Pettus, which I want to get to in a sec.
If Kevin King ends up having to cover markets Goodwin, I think that could be a point of attack.
Could exploit because Kevin King he's a great physical corner.
63 remember in the Eagles game, he had a He did a great job taking Jeffrey out of the game and really minimizing his ability to catch and and do anything after the catch.
And Geoffery actually scored a touchdown with your Alexander was covering him.
I made that point a few times.
That that's Alexander's only real weakness is only 5 10 He could get overpowered by taller jump, all situations where he's just not ableto contest the capital.
And that's that's one way to exploit that.
So I feel like putting him on Sanders.
You don't get that heist disadvantage in that case, but again, Kevin King's weakness, though, while he's great with the taller corners, it's the speedy guys.
I think it's Stefan Diggs, who had that big touchdown with King and coverage in the Vikings game, that only that was the only touchdown pass.
I think they scored because there was another one called back on a penalty.
But, uh, yeah, so that's been Kings kind of only weakness.
And if he ends up getting covered by Goodwin, maybe see that being something.
But, uh, as much as you want, talk with Dante Pettus.
The week Debo Samuel missed you played 92% of the snaps.
But since Sanders has been there even really before that to uh, what, he hasn't seen more than 40% of snaps in any of the last four weeks, including a season well tied for a season low 3% of snaps last week.
So what's happening with Dante Pettus? Um, honestly, I It's kind of a mystery.
Even even guys who you know who travel with the team reporters to travel with the team that beat writers, they they're not even fully sure what's going on.
Since last year, on and off it's been The narrative has for the most part been that Pettus is in the doghouse for trying to help, And it is really interesting to think about because he's had some pretty good performances over over the last couple of seasons and he still hasn't really been a guy who Paddock consistent playing time.
And some people believe people that shifts the matter of he's not fully invested.
When he's that practice, you know, it could be a focus thing.
There's a lot of different excuses and rumors that fly around with him, and I think honestly, the big thing is that when he's on the field, at times he disappears.
He'll get a play here and there.
But if he's not the primary guy for that play, it seems like you don't hear about him and especially when you have ah, wide receiver corps as young but still as talented as the 40 Niners, it's you know they seem completely willing to just go with Kendrick.
Born to go with, um, Richard James, they have to and run those guys out there, guys who they seem to trust a little more.
I know the rumor that I kind of heard, uh, if he's you don't have to say, you know, he's a Broncos beat reporter, but he's really well connected to ah, a lot of reporters as most Lamar and he said what he's hearing is it specifically meetings that Dante Pettus is not a very good study in terms of that, that the technical side of the game watching film and doesn't always pay attention and meetings? I think it's something that simple Is that where and I know that's a really important part for Shannon, and it's the whole technical aspect of the game and and the theoretical side of it and those study sessions air massive importance.
So do you think it could be something that simple is the meetings he's not paying enough attention? I mean, yeah, that's definitely something that could be part happening, and the reason I say that is because of the fact that you know, seeing him on the field you know, you can see the talent there.
You know, he was a very, very talented guy when he played in Washington.
He's he's slightly undersized.
You're not a very big guy, especially in the site, like height wise and and and, you know, just wait wise.
But, you know, he has that explosiveness, especially in the slot.
And you would think that with the fact that the the 40 Niners don't have Jalen Hurd, they don't have a lot of guys who they normally would have available.
And the fact that you see, you know, basically not really undrafted free agents.
What guys who were drafted in the sixth and seventh rounds were ahead of him right now, Um, would question, you know, why're they ahead of him? Why isn't even getting a chance? And it just kind of tells you that that Shanahan doesn't trust you to do your job.
You know those routes like you would assume, especially on offense.
The routes mean a lot more than just, you know, being able to have the physical ability after the catch.
And he's no longer even returning kicks and punts anymore.
He was primarily their return, die and not Richard James is that guy, so you kind of just have to wonder.
Whoa, if it's not necessarily him performing when he's on the field because he's not getting on it to begin with, then it has to be something you at practices in in the in the facility itself.
And it could just be where Kyle Shanahan doesn't think that.
You know, Dante Pettus is mentally in it, and I will say, you know, he's been He has not been shy about going after Pettus publicly.
He's basically said that.
Nope. Edison's to step up in that.
Pettus isn't doing his job very well.
You know, he's called him out in public.
So, um, as much as I like launches, I like Dante Patties.
I don't see his time.
They're very, you know, him lasting very much longer.
I wouldn't be surprised if he's gone before the season starts next year.
You ever hearing these things as far back as training him? And you know, early depth charts always had him seem more than other guys like the rookie Samuel Woods.
I guess that's not too surprising, but when you talk about these guys like Richie, James Kendrick born were, you know, definitely not second round picks like Pettus was.
And I remember there was a lot of praise for him.
He's mentioned Washington a great career.
Matt Waldman, who's a little more trusted draft scouts in the East, in the fancy football industry.
Uh, is, uh, he had Pegasus is number one receiver of that class.
Uh, Stephanie a lot higher than a lot of people were really believed in the talent.
And obviously, the 40 Niners agreed by taking him with, uh, what would have been, what, the 34th overall pick? I'm not mistaken.
It was early in the in the second round, and, you know, he was the guy, and and yet you got a piggyback on that.
You know, when he was drafted, I was excited.
You know, being a guy who who you know, is an issue by myself, you know, I got to see him quite a bit, and you could just see the ability for him to just, you know, catch the football and get open and make plays, you know, after the catch.
And there was an exciting thought, and he honestly did perform fairly well his his rookie season.
And you know, I'll be it.
The fact that you're not really running out there with, you know, your best quarterback or anything, you know he's still performed well, but so far the last basically the last year.
So he's just kind of seemed to disappear on this offense, and you have to wonder if it's just if it is just a preparation thing.
And I mean, there's a lot of portions of practices that no one gets to see.
The media doesn't get to see.
So that could be where we're missing.
Ah, lot of his issues.
But, you know, I question it.
I'll be completely honest.
I have no problem seeing Richard James on that field.
I would love to see him play more because coming out of Middle Tennessee, I was very, very high on him.
Um, he was one of my favorite receivers, so he's starting to get more playing time and he's starting to learn the the you know, the playbook, you during the offense and you can see him and Kendra born of the obvious guys next up.
And it's not anywhere near Dante.
That's right now, absolutely So for the Packers, even even if Sanders and Samuel her both out, Uh, you know that this may not be the bigger concern I got.
I think it's Goodwin in that speed might be the one thing that burns the offense of the package defense more than anything.
I mean, the one thing that the foreigners now kind of have is is you have a lot of, ah, lot of quick and fast.
You have speed and quickness, and that's one of the big things you guys have.
You have guys like Richard James, who may not be 40 times fast, but on the field you see them pulling away from guys.
You see them just a lot quicker and a lot faster than everybody else.
So Kyle Shanahan likes to put those guys in space.
The one thing about markets Goodwin has been his consistency.
But he is a guy who is a tough player, you know, for a guy who's a smallest years were the fastest he is, he's a very he's a very tough guy.
He made a few catches last week.
You know, inside the numbers, you know, on slant routes where he's getting hit as the boss coming and he makes the catchers.
So Shanahan will put his receivers in a position to make plays.
They just have to make those plays.
But I do like the fact that Goodwin is gonna be there.
He's gonna be ableto he's gonna run the deep right, even if they don't throw it to him, he's going to at least bring someone deep with him, and the idea is to just run around right behind him.
You know, whether that's a porter or whether that's a deep out.
That's some place that guys like Sanders and Deebo and now even country born, you know, that's where they live now.
Well, I think, uh, is there anything else we haven't addressed yet? I think that's a pretty comprehensive look at both teams, offenses and defenses.
I mean, yeah, that's That's a lot of is gonna come down to, you know, the small details.
It's gonna come down to the turnovers it's gonna come down to.
You know how well you're actually finishing drives the one thing because it is the Packers, obviously, um, you know, for someone like me, I grew up before, you understand, I have covered the Cardinals for quite a bit of years living in Arizona.
But I grew up before.
You understand? You know, I grew up.
I'm completely having no appreciation for Brett Farve.
You know, guys like that.
Um, you know, they might not.
I won't see my hatred.
I'll say my dislike for the Packers is almost on par with that of the court of the Cowboys.
So they're right up there.
Um What? I mean, I'm excited for this game.
You know, you have these two young head coaches and no shine account, and it's kind of a young guy.
So you have these two head coaches very similar in the type of offenses they run.
You have two quarterbacks who, you know, You have Aaron Rodgers, who is one of the better quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.
Um, who's Yeah, looking towards, like the end of his career, but still still very effective, and especially in this type of an offense that really takes advantage of what he can do.
Ah, lot better than what he's had.
So, um, 400 kinds are excited.
I'm sure Packer fans are excited.
That place is going to be rocking.
Um, I honestly, I just can't wait.
Oh, absolutely. This is Ah.
You know, obviously 40 Niner fans are hoping that Kittel and Samuel and Sanders are active.
I think just NFL fans in general should be open for that because we want to see both these teams at their full marks in terms of help.
These both these teams go on.
Also, there's give us just a fantastic Sunday's game.
Expect, uh, you know, again, with both about these defense, I don't expect either team Thio run away or blow up the other.
It's should be a close game.
I think there was a three and 1/2 point spread for the 40 Niners.
So, uh, obviously Vegas thinks high scoring close affair.
Um, you see favor right now, the home team again, They're nine and one, and their past defense has been outstanding this year, asking offensive teams you really minimized teams abilities to score with big plays and forced them to take so much time and energy.
Just tow win a field position battle, let alone put a point.
So God, 49 feet.
Uh, okay, be without especially at home.
And, uh, and potential playoff preview.
And while the 40 Niners, as you mentioned, have had some not so great seasons Lee after this year, Uh, the last two playoff games between these two teams ended with the 40 100 victories, including one on route to the season.
They went to a Super Bowl.
Yeah, I mean, um, those those games.
I remember them vividly.
No one was in Green Bay and one was was was at the old Candlestick, which brings back a lot of fond memories.
But, I mean, you've had those games and really like you look at last year's team.
You look at last year's game that really the really should have gone to the 40 Niners.
If you have any other quarterback, Yeah, did any other quarterback for the corners and with absolutely no, it took that last minute drive.
That was That was intense game.
That was before they really started losing a bunch of games.
Remember that? Then they got a streak of a loss, that heartbreaking to the Rams and just a couple division games there.
And then things kind of started to spiral out of control after that.
That was just on the cusp of that.
Where there is still hope, The fact that they barely beat it to win $40 teams would edit of being at the end of the season.
That should have really been a You know, the sign that this package team was not as good as we thought.
And, uh, yeah, I mean, that really opened the door to really Mike McCarthy.
You know, finding its way out.
But, I mean, when it comes down to it, it's, you know, Sunday is gonna be another another, hopefully great battle between.
You know, these two franchises who have a lot of history together? Um, 40 Niner fans, For the most part, I haven't seen a lot of wins against the Packers.
Have a lot of wins against Aaron Rodgers.
So it's going to be interesting.
I do think it's going to come down to you know which defense, Please, better in the red zone.
And so far this season, it's been the four Niner.
So it'll be intimacy if they can do it against against Aaron Rodgers.
Know we've talked about having guys like Kittel and Sanders and and Samuel's being healthy for this game.
But, um, I'd be remiss if I don't mention the fact that the 40 Niners are entering a three game stretch.
Worry right now.
As of today, all three of those opponents, two of them on the road, are sitting at basically 100.
No, they're shooting at 800 win percentage.
You know it's eight into records for the Packers, for the Ravens, for the Saints.
So this game will be very good, because this is the only home game of that three.
So I think it pulled this one out.
Um, and then, you know, they might be ableto to ride that momentum, you know, next weekend to Baltimore in the week after into New Orleans.
So this game is huge, not just for, you know, the head to head and giving them basically the same records going into the final stretch.
But it could, you know, a loom large.
Just the four dinners get this momentum and they went and they end up going on on a run because, you know, you have this banged up team and they're looking for every reason toe keep fighting.
So if a big win on Sunday would would go a long way to securing that first round by Absolutely.
And uh, apparently, it's the toughest three game stretch in NFL history to this point in terms of Yeah, so I've read.
Yeah, that's what I braid.
It's the toughest, toughest three game stretch this late in the season.
So that's, uh, it's quite a feat for the 40 Niners, certainly, and no division.
You know, it's been talked with first round byes of these.
You know, these teams have walked out on their division yet, and mostly because each of them have opponent in the division that's keeping pace with that.
I mean, this Seahawks Air Chew or they send in three.
The Seahawks are Believer 82.
Yes, and then the Vikings on by this week or 83.
So you know, because they suddenly have the same records, the Vikings and right now, all the tiebreaker in a head to head.
But I've been saying it all season, you know, I felt the Packers, and with three straight division games, I felt that was that's where the answer held.
Who's gonna win the division right now? It looks like it's that 16 game against the Vikings, that random being no, the biggest game of the season.
But we'll go get it.
If they do manage to win the division in its first round byes.
Could argue it's this game right here in front of them right now.
So, uh, certainly, you know, I understand why they flex this game to Sunday.
This was originally supposed to be a four o'clock game.
Oh, yeah, they mean they have to move.
It's you can't You can't play a game this important and not calculates Who had the Sunday night before this.
Was that the, uh, the buzz of the Patriots Cowboys? Maybe I'm not actually sure I believe it was.
And I guess they just look at the record and okay, with the way the Patriots games have gone this year, they're actually even the Ravens game.
That wasn't even that close, but it's gonna have, um, there's close moments.
But for a lot of Patriots games, they haven't necessarily been the most exciting.
And they're not looking at these two records at nine and 18 and two team, uh, you know, that's a golden opportunity for a primetime game.
So certainly excited for that.
Oh, yeah, I definitely got something.
Definitely be excited about ass again.
Do you have any final words for the people? I mean, when it comes down to it? Sorry.
Not a Packers fan. I'm guessing.
Uh, no, she's being.
She's being raised to be a foreigner friend.
Lucky she's seems upset watching this at Ohio State.
Yeah, but I mean, when it comes down to it, it's like I said, it's gonna come down to which defense plays well in the red zone and and which offenses able to hold on to the football.
I mean, Aaron Rodgers doesn't throw a lot of interceptions, but at the same time, this is probably going to be the best pass rush has to face off season.
Even without a guy like Defour's, they're still gonna be coming after him.
So, um, it's gonna come down to, you know, which team holds onto the ball? Yeah, that's true.
Time possession has been key in some games, and other Packers have dominated time possession, and other times I get the Chargers game where they just they just couldn't get get the defense off the field.
So yeah, that's definitely a team that can run while you pack time Rogers on the field.
Uh, certainly hurt them.
And I think the foreigners are well equipped to do that.
So that's definitely gonna be a match ups on the, you know, a Longboat Trenches offensive and defensive.
Linus, it always isn't.
Football really always does come down to that, doesn't it ask? Ask the brown.
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I mean, you're one of the only people that have been able to just easily say that name.
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Before that, I did kind of struggle toe trying to read it, but, uh, yeah, so hopefully because I said it right now, everyone else will know how to say it properly.
I mean, if anyone you know, if they're cares about the 400 the Cardinals really just anything I I watched a ton of football.
The only the only sport I don't watches is hockey, for the most part.
But that's just because, um, it's not on TV a lot for me.
So, um, I'll be on when it comes to hockey.
I'm actually a guy who kind of has a rooting interest in a few different teams.
I grew up a Colorado Avalanche fan, but I'm also in the Bay Area Sports Fan.
So I do like the sharks, but yeah, definitely.
I mean, talk anything.
I'm always looking toe Have a, like a nice little spirited debate here.
I know, uh, tomorrow I'll be back on after the Packers game.
I'll give my reaction, Thio.
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Ryan, if you're down to join me after the Packers 40 Niners game, we can both give our reactions If it does interest you back.
Oh, yeah, definitely.
I mean, they're just let me know.
Hopefully, hopefully it will be Ah, better reaction for me than you, but we'll see what happens.
Yeah, you certainly will.
Uh, no, definitely.
After Cem, her freaking losses do that chargers game.
That post gaming action definitely wasn't fun.
Um, so yeah, uh, e everything I said when we have twice this year, Hopefully he's not three times, but yeah, it certainly, uh, excited to watch this highly contested contest between again the packers and 49.
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Good bye, everyone.
Thank you very much, man.
Yeah, no problem. Appreciate it.