Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers: 5 matchups to watch

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5. Packers wide receivers vs 49ers corners

If it wasn’t for the Packers’ slow start and miscues on offense and special teams, the Packers could have had one of their best days in history last week against the Detroit Lions. Rodgers and the Packers receivers linked up for 306 yards and two touchdowns through the air. While Richard Sherman has played well this year, he isn’t the same lockdown corner that he was a few years ago. Davante Adams could easily have another big week if he and Rodgers are clicking.

Alongside Adams will be the return of Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, who are both expected to play on Monday. While they don’t have the big-play ability of a couple of the rookies that showed up last week, they have a more consistent rapport with Rodgers, along with a better ability to get open. The rookies showed off the burners last week, but they struggled to get open at times. Rodgers will enjoy more open targets to throw to.

Behind Sherman are Ahkello Witherspoon and K’Waun Williams that aren’t quite as proven as Sherman. The Packers offense could get tricky with their young receivers and get some of these corners to bite on a double move for some big plays. While the Packers have been knocked in the past for not scheming receivers open, they actually have receivers open more this season, and this is the matchup to prove it.