Leading Off

What do Packers really think about 49ers?

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. AP

The 49ers are 1-2 after back-to-back blowout losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals in which they allowed 90 points and scored just 25.

The Green Bay Packers are 3-0 after convincing victories over the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs in which they scored 65 points.

It seems the perfect storm for another lopsided outcome Sunday when the Packers visit Levi’s Stadium. We’ve even overheard some 49ers fans say they’d take the Packers, who are nine-point favorites.

But to listen to the Packers, and you’d think they’re underdogs.

We know NFL teams can’t take any opponent lightly and certainly don’t want to provide fodder for the bulletin board. But imagine what you might hear if you were a fly on the wall in Packers meetings:

Packers coach Mike McCarthy: “Jimmy (Tomsula) is a heck of a football coach. … I’m very proud of what he’s been able to accomplish.”

What fly might have heard: “Jimmy (Tomsula) really has a mess on his hands.”

McCarthy on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: “He’s definitely a challenge to prepare for.”

What fly might have heard: “If we pressure him like the Cardinals did, he’ll make mistakes.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: “I enjoy the challenge of playing against those guys.”

What fly might have heard: “If Carson Palmer can do that, I bet I can top the five TD passes I had against the Chiefs.”

Packers linebacker Julius Peppers: “It’s going to be tough to stop (Kaepernick).”

What fly might have heard: “Coach, with that offensive line, please send me every play!”

Packers wide receiver James Jones: “We have to play well. … It’s not going to be an easy win.”

What fly might have heard: “Aaron, with that secondary, I’ll be open all game!”

OK, we know that doesn’t happen – does it?

Here’s hoping the Packers do take the 49ers too lightly and the 49ers pull off the upset.

That would quiet even their harshest critics.

Tom Couzens: 916-321-1097, @tomcouzens, tcouzens@sacbee.com

Playbook

  • What to watch: NFL, Raiders at Chicago, 10 a.m., Ch. 13, and 49ers vs. Green Bay, 1:25 p.m., Ch. 40: When the schedule was released, the second game seemed the obvious better game.
  • Twitter chatter: “It’s not my thing to cheer lead, but I’m rooting for KAEPERNICK Sunday. The Mob is circling and the Boo Birds need to be slowed down.” – Gary Radnich, @KRON4GRadnich
  • On this date: Oct. 4, 2011, the NBA canceled the preseason because a new collective bargaining agreement had not been reached with the players.
  Comments