JEFF: Out of Synch
By Jeff Falconio
What a brutal loss for the Packers in Week Two of the preseason. Aaron Rodgers was not sharp for a half's worth of work but this was a total team letdown tonight. The Packers mustered just 14 yards on the ground in the first half, which was a big reason why the Packers struggled to move the ball. The offensive line yielded six sacks and it basically comes down to consistency. Until Mike McCarthy finds his starting five that unit will not jell.
Defensively the Packers held its own in the first quarter but from the second quarter on there was too many breakdowns in the secondary and the 49ers took advantage of third down, converting on eight third downs. McCarthy admitted in his post game thoughts that the short week might not have allowed the Packers to be as prepared as he would've liked. The 49ers on the other hand came in with an edge and held advantage throughout most of the night.
There were positives. Jordy Nelson looked good on special teams again with two big second half returns. Nelson may not climb up the depth chart early in the season, but the more he shows his ability on special teams, the better chance he has of getting more playing time later in the year. Once again Kregg Lumpkin came in late and made a few eye-catching plays. It was also nice to see Jon Ryan rebound from a bad Monday night with a few booming punts. Unfortunately, he had plenty of opportunity to atone for his last outing.
Preseason is about showing what you can do and tonight