49ers vs. Packers preview: Can the defense keep Rodgers out of the end zone
Sunday night’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers has all the makings to be one of the games of the year. There will be plenty of analysis on this one before kickoff. We’ll start by previewing where this game will be won when Green Bay has the ball in 49ers territory. Jason from Acme Packing was kind enough to join us this week.
The Packers are one of the best offenses in the red zone. The 49ers are tops in the league at keeping opponents from scoring touchdowns in the red zone. This game will likely come down to who has more success in this part of the field. Who do you believe has a bigger advantage?
If the Packers don’t abandon the run near the goal line, they should have a slight advantage here. Aaron Jones has become arguably the NFL’s premier red-zone back, leading the NFL with 11 touchdown runs inside the 20-yard line so far this season. Jones, balance, and ability to break tackles (0.24 missed tackles forced per attempt, the fourth-best mark among players with 100 carries) make him a terror to stop, even for a defense as talented as San Francisco’s.
Of course, the Packers haven’t always maximized Jones; abilities in the red zone. Against the Eagles, they virtually ignored him inside the 20, contributing to their stalled comeback drive at the end of the game. Head coach Matt LaFleur has done a better job utilizing his star ...
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