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Love it, Like it, Leave it : The Packers' week One Defense

Now that the freshness and pain have worn off, let's take a moment and review the Packers' much maligned defense. We'll list one thing we love, like, and would rather leave in San Francisco this week.

Love it:

The front seven are back and badder than ever. After being torched by read-option plays for what felt like a century in last years playoffs, the packers front seven responded with a fantastic showing up front. They held the 49ers to only 90 yards as a team on the ground. They did a wonderful job maintaining gap control, keeping Kaepernick bottled up for most of the afternoon. They also were able to lay a few good (legal) hits on the 49ers QB. The Pack won't face another team all season with the talent of the 49ers, so I expect big things from this unit moving forward.

Like it:

Clay Matthews kept his word and got after the QB Sunday afternoon. He needs to be smarter about the late hit, but I loved the fire and intensity he played with. He was a force all afternoon and that bodes well for the Pack. When Matthews is rolling, the Packers are rolling.

Leave it:

Jerron McMillian. In a word, brutal. He couldn't tackle, looked lost at times, and started invoking images of Erik Walden (off-topic but seriously 16 million dollars?). According to Pro Football Focus McMillian missed four tackles and gave up six catches on six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. A really bad showing for a guy still fighting for a place in the secondary.

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