PGA Championship: Watch Live Read More

TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 1: Green Bay Packers Vs. San Francisco 49ers

Packers
49ers
Green Bay Packers v San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback
Winner In an era that has seen incredible quarterback play from Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers just may be the best in the business. He is athletic, accurate and has a strong arm that allows the Packers to light up the scoreboard.
Alex Smith had the best year of his career in 2011 as he developed a great rapport with head coach Jim Harbaugh and made excellent decisions. However, Smith has not put together two good seasons in a row and he could struggle.
Offense
Winner The Packers have the best group of receivers in the league and Rodgers spreads the ball around to Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver and tight end Jermichael Finley. The Packers merely use the running game to take pressure off of Rodgers.
The 49ers are going to have a diverse ground game with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and former New York Giant Brandon Jacobs all seeing action. Tight end Vernon Davis is a powerful man who can get open and make big plays downfield.
Defense
The Packers can’t match the 49ers for defensive firepower, but they can perform much better than they did last year. Linebacker Clay Matthews is smart, nasty and fast. Nose tackle B.J. Raji is built like a refrigerator with short legs. He can shut down the running game if he does not get tired.
Winner The 49ers under Harbaugh and defensive Vic Fangio preach hard hitting and tackling better than any other team in the league. Defensive end Justin Smith is a work horse and a powerful tackler. Middle linebacker Patrick Willis struggled with injuries last season but the 49ers got a lift from speedy NaVorro Bowman.
Special Teams
The Packers are fairly happy with Mason Crosby at the placekicker slot after making 24-of-28 field goals a year ago. Punter Tim Masthay has a big leg but he outkicks his coverage at times.
Winner The 49ers should have an edge over nearly every opponent on special teams. The duo of placekicker David Akers and punter Andy Lee is a superb combination. Ted Ginn Jr. is capable of returning any kick for a touchdown.

We'll Just Call it a Tie

Green Bay Packers v San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals

While this game should be relatively even because of the Niners’ edge on defense and special teams, the Packers open the season at home and that should provide an edge. Jim Harbaugh’s edgy personality helped the Niners play at a high level last season, but he could start to rub some of his players the wrong way if they don’t start well.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. (L-R) Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats, Jalen Brunson #1, Darryl Reynolds #45, and Josh Hart #3. (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Kennedy Meeks #3, Justin Jackson #44, Marcus Paige #5, Joel Berry II #2 and Brice Johnson #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels.  (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    NCAA Championship Tale: 2 Villanova vs. 1 North Carolina

    After all the hoopla and hype, the NCAA Tournament Championship Game has arrived, and both North Carolina and Villanova are very good, deserving teams.

  2. Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels.  (credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Final Four Tale: 1 North Carolina Vs. 10 Syracuse

    North Carolina-Syracuse is an interesting matchup for the Final Four.

  3. Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats (C) celebrates defeating the Kansas Jayhawks in the South Regional. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners holds up the West Regional trophy.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
    Final Four Tale: 2 Villanova Vs. 2 Oklahoma

    Most of the country predicted the Kansas Jayhawks to be here, but the Villanova Wildcats knocked off the top team in the country in last Saturday’s Elite 8 contest.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Philly

DNC Recap
Iconic Philly Foods Guide

Listen Live