A big topic this season, and for basically the entirety of Aaron Rodgers’ tenure in Green Bay, has been the lack of a run game for the Packers. They have not had a 100 yard rusher in who knows how long, and have largely struggled with keeping running backs healthy and getting consistent production from the ones on the field. Last week, however, the run game appeared out of nowhere and put up 2 touchdowns against the Vikings. This added balance may not be sustainable, but it was surely a welcome change from the pass happy offense that has put up so many points over the past few years. Once that happened the safeties had to creep up and Rodgers was able to exploit the secondary like we are so accustomed to seeing him do.
This could stop on Saturday, however, with the run game facing off against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. The 49ers were 4th in the NFL this year in rushing yards allowed, giving up an average of only 94 yards per game. Combine that with the Packers 20th ranked rushing offense, averaging 106 yards per game, and it is hard to see how the running backs for Green Bay will get going against the fierce front seven of San Francisco. The 49ers showed once this year they could stop the Packers in a week one victory in Green Bay, and are certainly fired up to do it again. It remains to be seen what the outcome will be, but two touchdowns appears to be a tall order for a rushing attack that has largely underwhelmed for the last couple of years. If they step up again, though, the Packers could be well on their way to the NFC Conference Championship game.