Protect Aaron Rodgers
This will be the biggest test of the season to date for a new-look Packers offensive line. They’ve already lost two All-Pros in David Bakhtiari (injured, on PUP list) and Corey Linsley (signed with the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency). Now Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins, who has been dominant at left tackle, is a doubt for Sunday with an ankle injury.
Despite starting two rookies, Green Bay’s offensive line has help up well so far this season. According to Pro Football Focus, the group allowed only six pressures against the Detroit Lions.
They’ll have to be prepared for a strong 49ers pass rush, led by Pro Bowler Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead. If Bosa is able to have his way (he has three sacks already this season), it will be a long day for the Packers’ offense.
One way to protect Aaron Rodgers is to run the ball and cool the pass rush. Setting up manageable third downs, tiring the defense, and setting up play-action are all benefits of establishing the run.
But when it comes down to obvious passing plays, the Packers’ front five will need to hold their own. This will be a huge test. If Green Bay’s offensive line stands strong, this offense can find some success.