Around the NFC West: May 23, 2013
Our recent item looking at Week 1 dynamics for NFC West teams requires a significant update.
The injury San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree suffered Tuesday immediately invited questions about the impact for 2013 and beyond. Let's consider first things first: the impact for the 49ers against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1.
Crabtree caught 16 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns in two games against the Packers last season, counting playoffs.
No other player in the NFL caught as many passes against Green Bay last season. Not the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson (15) in two games nor any of the Minnesota Vikings players who faced the Packers three times.
Crabtree's two touchdown receptions against the Packers tied for the NFL high last season. The Vikings' Michael Jenkins and the Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate also had two, and if memory serves, one of those was hotly contested.
The 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (94.7) and Alex Smith (83.5) posted two of the four highest single-game Total QBR scores for any starting quarterback against the Packers last season. They lit up Green Bay, and Crabtree played a prominent role, especially when Kaepernick was the quarterback in the team's divisional-round playoff game at Candlestick Park.