Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers: Young Tackles will be challenged

It’s not a secret the Green Bay Packers like to throw the ball. San Francisco 49ers star middle linebacker Patrick Willis is well aware of what the Packers will do come Sunday.

“They’ve got a $100 million quarterback, so we knew they’re going to want him to throw the ball. They got some good receivers and a good tight end, so we know they’re not going to get too far from away from what they do, and that’s pass.”

San Francisco also has two all-pro pass rushers in Aldon Smith and Justin Smith. Green Bay is starting two unproven tackles, David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay. Bakhtiari is a rookie; Barclay a second-year player. Aldon Smith referred to his matchup against rookie David Bakhtiari.

He’s an athletic tackle. They trust him to protect Aaron Rodgers. ‘We’ll see’ how that goes.”

Do the math. The 49ers will be scrutinizing for a gap to exploit. Last year at Candlestick Park, the 49ers ran the Texas stunt against the Packers and were fairly successful at getting pressure. The Texas stunt involves rushing the defensive end to the

The Texas stunt

The Texas stunt

outside of the tackle’s shoulder, while blitzing the outside linebacker through the gap created by the defensive end. If the Packers can stop this dangerous rushing tactic, Aaron Rodgers should be able to surgically slice the 49er’s defense apart. If not, the offense will struggle. Major tests await the Packers offensive line as a whole, especially Bakhtiari and Barclay.

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  • palmercottrell

    It’s the defense that needs to be worried about. They are slow to react to the ball and seem to have a center of the line mentality. They need to cover better on the corners and outside. They lack the speed necessary to shut down the 49ers outside game. Rodgers needs to stick to short, quick passes and not go down field which requires holding on to the ball too long. Should damn near be a repeat of last year, 49ers flying down the field and packer defenders left holding their shorts.