The Playbook: Previewing Packers-49ers, Redskins-eagles, Other Week 1 Games

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Atlanta was far from perfect on that side of the football last season but still managed to cobble together a unit that finished fifth best in points allowed. The Saints, off that disastrous defensive showing in 2012, already have lost three key contributors to season-ending injuries, and a fourth (Jonathan Vilma) for several weeks. The remaining pieces, including burgeoning star Cam Jordan and rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro, will look to new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for guidance. The Falcons, meanwhile, used their first- and second-round picks in the 2012 draft on CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, respectively. That duo will be tasked with replacing Dunta Robinson, just as ex-Giant Osi Umenyiora has to fill John Abrahams shoes up front. Weve come to expect exciting, high-scoring clashes when these teams meet. The season-opening showdown in the Superdome ought to be no different. CB TRAINA & MANTZOURANIS: Saints one of Week 1s best bets; more NFL betting analysis Philadelphia at Washington (Monday, 6:55 p.m. ET, ESPN):The most interesting matchup in this game might be London Fletcher vs. the mesh point.

We wouldnt go on matchups at this point, but thats the way were thinking about it right now. Fangio said several times this summer that he wasnt sure if Asomugha still had the skills that made him one of the NFLs elite cornerbacks during his first eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Asomugha is coming off two subpar seasons in Philadelphia, where his reputation took a hit after he signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Eagles as one of the NFLs top free agents of 2011. But Asomugha had a solid preseason that pushed him ahead of holdover veteran Tramaine Brock, who was listed as San Franciscos third corner throughout the summer after Culliver tore the ACL in his left knee on Aug. 1. Asomugha wont have to wait long to see what hes got left in his fresh start with the 49ers. San Francisco used extra defensive backs on nearly 70 percent of its defensive plays last season, and that could increase against the Packers. Rodgers threw 83 passes (with 59 completions) in Green Bays two losses to the 49ers last season. That included San Franciscos 45-31 victory in the NFC divisional playoffs, beginning a postseason stretch during which Rodgers, Atlantas Matt Ryan and Baltimores Joe Flacco torched the Niners for 940 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. San Franciscos defense was much better during the preseason. The 49ers allowed just 108.5 yards through the air and 205.8 overall in four exhibition games.

Packers-49ers Preview

Luck orchestrated seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2012, the most in one year by a quarterback since 1970. The Colts are riding a six-game home winning streak. Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS, Spero Dedes, Steve Tasker The line: Chiefs by 4 Story lines: Despite tying for the NFL’s worst record (2-14) in 2012, the Chiefs and Jaguars are in different stages of their makeovers. New Kansas City coach Andy Reid has four Pro Bowlers on defense and acquired QB Alex Smith to feed two offensive stars who also have spent time in Hawaii, RB Jamaal Charles and WR Dwayne Bowe. The Jaguars seem to be shooting first for a culture change under new coach Gus Bradley. Figuring out whether third-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert can make it in the NFL is priority No. 1. Expect Jacksonville to run RB Maurice Jones-Drew into the ground since he’s in the final year of his contract.

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2013 Salaries Poll Which stadium has the best atmosphere for tailgating? Camp Randall Stadium: 9% WHEN: 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 WHERE: Candlestick Park Search by team or game Or click for… All NFL games Green Bay Cornerback Casey Hayward’s recurring hamstring injury is so severe that he is expected to miss at least the Green Bay Packers’ first four games. A source close to Hayward said the second-year player doesn’t expect to play in the first month of the season. Hayward was declared out of the San Francisco early in the week. “I don’t really have a time line for Casey,” coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. “I hope his status is different next week.” Hayward injured the hamstring in July working out in Atlanta before training camp.

Hamstring to sideline Packers’ Casey Hayward for at least a month

A recurring hamstring injury will keep cornerback Casey Hayward on the sideline for at least a month. The Packers hope he can return Week 5 against the Lions.

Line: 49ers -4.5, Total 49. Line movement: The 49ers opened as 5.5-point favorites in April at the LVH SuperBook, but by July, the line had moved downward from that high-water mark. In August, the spread was anywhere between 4 and 5, and it has primarily settled at San Francisco -4.5 around Las Vegas, although there were still some 5s available, too. The total, which opened at 50.5 at LVH, is now between 48.5 and 49. Live odds: Checking an updated Packers-49ers betting line History and trends: Here are some trends that ought to intrigue totals players: 1) including the postseason, the last five meetings between these clubs have gone OVER the total; 2) the last seven 49ers games in 2012 went OVER; 3) nine of 10 49ers games went OVER after Colin Kaepernick replace Alex Smith at QB. Before winning and covering in both meetings with the Packers in 2012, San Francisco was 0-3-1 against the spread in the last four meetings between the teams. That said, none of those previous matchups came during the Jim Harbaugh era. The Packers have been a strong road team for much of Mike McCarthys tenure as head coach, but they struggled away from Lambeau Field late last season, dropping three of their final four away from home straight-up and against the number (including the playoff loss at San Francisco). Packers outlook: Yes, the Packers must do a better job stopping Kaepernick, who set an NFL record for rushing yards by a passer (181) in the January meeting between the two clubs.

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NEW AT SIX—WISN 12 NEWS REPORTER HILLARY MINTZ TALKS TO ONE WEST ALLIS OWNER MOVING ON TO THE GREEN AND GOLD. VLADIKA TABBERT WE’RE VERY PROUD TO BE PACKERS FANS IN THE DC AREA. BUT VLADIKA TABBERT AND HER HUSBAND JAMES SAY IN VIRGINIA, IT’S TOUGH TO FIND PACKERS GEAR, SO DURING HER VISIT THIS WEEK TO SEE THEIR FRIEND… THEY STOPPED AT LAMBEAU FOR A TOUR THEN CAME TO THE GREEN AND GOLD ZONE IN WEST ALLIS FOR SOME HATS AND A FLAG. NATS-LOOKING AT FLAGS, OR WE CAN GET SUPERBOWL CHAMPS AS FOR STEPHANIE PLOUT WHO LIVES IN MILWAUKEE, SHE’S HAPPY TO MOVE ON FROM THE BREWERS AND FOCUS ON FOOTBALL. STEPHANIE PLOUT I’M DONE WITH THE BREWERS, IT’S SAD I USUALLY AM A BIG BREWERS FAN, BUT I’M KIND OF OVER IT, KIND OF FEEL SLIGHTLY BETRAYED WITH MR. BRAUN, BUT YA KNOW BUT HAPPY TO SEE THE GOOD STUFF WITH THE PACKERS AND HOPEFULLY IT’LL BE A GOOD SEASON THIS YEAR STAND UP–WITH THE BREWERS SEASON COMING TO A CLOSE AND THE BRAUN CONTROVERSY, MERCHANDISE HASN’T EXACTLY BEEN MOVING, BUT WITH THE PACKERS KICKING OF THEIR SEASON, HE’S EXPECTING JERSEY SALES TO FLY OFF THE RACKS. GARY ANDERS BEING THE GREEN AND GOLD ZONE, THAT’S ALWAYS GONNA BE THE DOMINATING THEME HERE HE SAYS AFTER TAKING MORE THAN A 25 PERCENT LOSS IN SALES FROM THE BREWERS SINCE MAY, HE MADE SURE TO HAVE HUNDREDS OF PACKERS JERSEYS ORDERED ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER ITEM FANS COULD POSSIBLY NEED. AS FOR THE HANDFUL OF BRAUN JERSEYS LEFT IN THE STORE, HE SAYS THEY MAY NEVER LEAVE HIS STORE, BUT HE’S HOPEFUL THE PACK DELIVER. IN WEST ALLIS, HILLARY MINTZ WISN 12 NEWS. STEPHANIE SUTTON IS HEADING TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE PACKERS SEASON OPENER.

Packers vs. 49ers point spread and pick – San Fran looks for third in a row vs. Green Bay

But San Francisco’s transformation from a defense-first team with a caretaker quarterback to a dynamic, Super Bowl contender didn’t take place until Kaepernick took over under center following Smith’s Week 10 concussion. The 49ers averaged 26.3 points in Kaepernick’s seven regular-season starts – up from 23.6 in Smith’s first eight – before finding out the entirety of what their 2011 second-round pick could bring in the postseason. Kaepernick passed for 263 yards and ran for an NFL quarterback-record 181 yards while accounting for four total touchdowns in the 49ers’ 45-31 divisional dismantling of Green Bay. San Francisco piled up a franchise postseason-record 579 total yards. “When the quarterback can run like that, that opens up the arsenal of play-calling,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji told the Packers’ official website after the loss. “Obviously if you can’t stop the run, that’s football 101.” Kaepernick averaged 10.6 yards per rush in three postseason games and 9.98 yards per pass attempt, nearly leading the 49ers back from a 22-point third-quarter deficit before they fell 34-31 to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII. Frank Gore ran for more than 110 yards and a touchdown in each matchup with the Packers last season, but the 49ers were far from the only ones who had little trouble running on them. From December on, including its two playoff games, Green Bay allowed an NFL-worst 5.81 yards per carry.

Asomugha expects a lot of playing time when 49ers face Packers’ prolific passing attack

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06:  A Chinese reporter stands the waterfront to see a 18 meters high rubber duck at Beijing Garden Expo Park on September 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. After touring 13 cities in 10 countries, a gaint rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman will float first at Beijing Garden Expo Park and then at the Summer Palace from September to October in Beijing.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

08, 2013 3:15PM – 6:15PM CDT Packers at 49ers Packers at 49ers Tue., Sep. 10, 2013 11:30AM – 12:30PM CDT Live Mike’s Mid-Week Chat Join Packers.com’s Mike Spofford as he answers fan questions about the team and the latest happenings in his weekly chat. Sat., Sep. 14, 2013 2:30PM – 4:00PM CDT Alumni Appearance (Winters, Flanigan) Frank Winters Jim Flanigan Jr. Sun., Sep. 15, 2013 8:00AM – 12:00PM CDT Annual Coats for Kids Collection Annual Coats for Kids Collection Sun., Sep. 15, 2013 10:30AM – 11:30AM CDT Alumni Appearance (Winters, Flanigan) TTZ: Frank Winters Club Level: Jim Flanigan Jr. Sun., Sep. 15, 2013 12:00PM – 3:00PM CDT Packers vs. Redskins Packers vs. Redskins

Game previews: Packers-49ers is the one to watch

08, 2013 3:15PM – 6:15PM CDT Packers at 49ers Packers at 49ers Tue., Sep. 10, 2013 11:30AM – 12:30PM CDT Live Mike’s Mid-Week Chat Join Packers.com’s Mike Spofford as he answers fan questions about the team and the latest happenings in his weekly chat. Sat., Sep. 14, 2013 2:30PM – 4:00PM CDT Alumni Appearance (Winters, Flanigan) Frank Winters Jim Flanigan Jr. Sun., Sep. 15, 2013 8:00AM – 12:00PM CDT Annual Coats for Kids Collection Annual Coats for Kids Collection Sun., Sep. 15, 2013 10:30AM – 11:30AM CDT Alumni Appearance (Winters, Flanigan) TTZ: Frank Winters Club Level: Jim Flanigan Jr. Sun., Sep. 15, 2013 12:00PM – 3:00PM CDT Packers vs. Redskins Packers vs.

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