Game Preview: Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers
Packers lead series 38-33-1
The Green Bay Packers face their west coast nemesis the San Francisco 49ers tonight for a rematch of last years divisional face off. The 49ers have eliminated the Packers four times in the playoffs over the last nine seasons. The Packers traded up to acquire Jordan Love in the first round in 2020 and the 49ers did the same for Trey Lance in 2021. The two young quarterbacks only have three combined regular season starts between them. Tonight we will see them start for week 1 of preseason.
What to watch for
Every Packer fan will be analyzing Jordan Love’s performance tonight. Jordan Love threw 24 completions on 35 passes for 171 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He is the heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks consecutively. Love has large shoes to fill, so every cheesehead hopes that he was worth the first round selection.
Romeo Doubs and the Packers receivers
Rookie Romeo Doubs has been the star of the Packers training camp this year. He has impressed teammates and the media alike, even drawing respect from veterans like Rodgers and Jaire Alexander. Doubs is joined by veterans Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers and Allen Lazard. Rodgers has also shown chemistry with third year player Juwann Winfree. There are a slew of other wide receivers that hope to crack the team’s final roster like rookie Samori Toure, Malik Taylor, and Ishmael Hyman. Fellow rookie Christian Watson will be inactive tonight.
Former NDSU standout Trey Lance will face the same treatment Love will face tonight by his fan base. He is a highly athletic but unproven passer that the 49ers hope will be their franchise quarterback. He revamped his throwing motion in the off-season with the hopes that he can be a dual-threat type player instead of just a pure passer. Tonight we will see how far he has progressed in his development.
49er running back rotations
It will be interesting to see how San Francisco running back rotation will work tonight. Mike Shanahan’s 49ers have been known to start and use multiple running backs, whether by design or circumstance. Former sixth round running back Elijah Mitchel is the team’s unofficial starter. He is joined by Trey Sermon, Jeff Wilson Jr., JaMycal Hasty and rookies Tyrion Davis-Price and Jordan Mason. Mitchell most likely won’t start since Shanahan said that he won’t be fielding his most of his starters, so expect a rotation of the backups.