The San Francisco 49ers snuck out of Week 11 with another win to improve their record to 9-1 on the season. They face one of their toughest challenges of the year in Week 12 when they face off against the Green Bay Packers.
In fact, the Packers will be just the third team they have faced this year that currently has a winning record. The 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams (currently 6-4). However, they lost to the Seattle Seahawks, who are currently 8-2. In case you were wondering, the Packers are also 8-2.
You could make a pretty solid argument that this is one of the few true challenges the 49ers have faced all year. And if San Francisco wants to walk away with a win, they will need some big-time performances from certain players.
One of those massive performances should come from pass rusher Nick Bosa, as he could change the game at any moment.
Why is it so important for Bosa to have a big game? Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running back Aaron Jones and wide receiver Davante Adams.
The three biggest weapons on the Green Bay roster are Rodgers, Jones, and Adams.
Bosa can effectively contain all three basically by himself. Yes, obviously the entire San Francisco defense has been great this year. They will also need to play their parts to stop the Green Bay offense.
However, Bosa can slow the Packers down single-handedly as well.
The thing about the Green Bay offense is that they don’t have all that much going for them in the weapons department. Rodgers has one great receiver in Adams. Meanwhile, Jones has emerged as a star at the running back position this year, but that’s it.
If Bosa can do what he normally does, and get to the backfield, he can create issues.
In 10 games, Bosa has seven sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception. He also has 32 tackles, 13 of which have been for a loss.
So as you can see, Bosa isn’t just a pass rusher. He’s also an extremely dangerous body in the running defense game.
So Bosa can get to Rodgers, and hurt the passing game. Even if he doesn’t rack up a ton of sacks, he can still change the game. Getting to Rodgers quick will force him to get rid of it quick. That keeps Adams (and Marquez Valdes-Scantling) from going for those deep routes. This will change the Packers’ game plan.
Meanwhile, Bosa can get to Jones in the backfield. Taking away the running game puts everything on Rodgers’ shoulders. While he is one of the few quarterbacks that shouldn’t be an issue for, he does not have the weapons to support him.
Bosa can change any game at any time with his elite skills. The 49ers will need him to do that in Week 12 against the Packers. If he can alter the game plan of Rodgers and company, San Francisco could walk out with another win.