The Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers 34-17 on TNF.
The Packers received the good news just before kickoff. Aaron Jones was cleared to play, thankfully. Because the Packers were extremely thin at running back heading into this one. Jamaal Williams and rookie AJ Dillion both missed due to Covid 19. But the 49ers only had like half a roster, so the Packers still had the edge roster wise. Apparently, Aaron Jones is the glue that holds the Green Bay offense together. Jones was unstoppable us the Packers fed him the ball on the opening drive, which resulted in a Touchdown. A perfect way to set the tone for the Packers.
The Green Bay Packers are back on track. I must admit, I was more than a little nervous heading into Thursday Night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. I realized the 49ers had more than a few injuries, but that’s a less than comforting thought for us Packer fans that remember a guy named Brad Hoover. In November of the 2000 NFL season, the Packers played the Carlina Panther on Monday Night Football. The Packers players probably didn’t even know the Panthers starting running back was that game. I had no idea who Brad Hoover was, so I assumed the Packers’ defense would shut Hoover down, no problem. Boy, was I wrong? Hoover was unstoppable against the Packers. Hoover carried the ball 24 times for 117 yards; he also made 3 receptions that gained 41 yards. And he scored his first career touchdown. When you consider the name Brad Hoover, and the fact that the Packers got spanked by the 49ers on two separate occasions last year, I was more than a little nervous for this contest.
MVS did his best to prove my theory wrong. Ya know, the theory I’ve been blabbering about the past few weeks – The Packers certainly don’t need another wide receiver; they move the ball just fine when Adams is out -YEAH! That theory. MVS dropped a perfectly delivered pass drawing a less than satisfied glare from Aaron Rodgers. However, MVS was able to score two touchdowns, which more than makes up for his initial blunder.
The defense… well, the defense is the defense. I was sure glad there was finally a Preston Smith sighting. Because the Smith brothers have been more than disappointing this season. Also, I hoping Jaire Alexander’s concussion doesn’t sideline him too long. We already know the Packers can’t stop the run, but their pass defense has been relatively solid. I knew it was a good sign for the defense when they held San Fran out of the endzone on the first drive. I’ll be blunt, I wasn’t expecting much out of this defense. In fact, I had nightmares of Jerick McKinnon having a career day a la Brad Hoover. I consider it a huge victory that it didn’t happen.
All in all, it was a solid victory. The Packers did what they needed to do to a beat-up football team. It didn’t really prove anything one way or the other. In a perfect world, the Packers would’ve won 49-0, but these are Covid times, and this certainly isn’t a perfect world, so I’ll take what I can get. Rodgers threw for 305 yards and 4 touchdowns. Aaron Jones didn’t have a spectacular day numbers-wise, but he was very efficient with the touches he did get and helped the Packers set the tone on the opening drive. This team is great when playing from ahead, which is how this game went—good job by the Packers for getting the job done. The Packers will now get some much-needed rest before taking on the Jaguars next Sunday.
Go Pack Go!!
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