4 downs: Dougherty on Packers' win
Every week I'll share four quick thoughts the day after the Green Bay Packers game. Here they are after the Packers' 17-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday:
First down: After holding up fine in place of Bryan Bulaga at right tackle the last two games, Don Barclay had a rough day on Sunday. Barclay gave up three sacks — one to outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the first half and two to outside linebacker Aaron Lynch in the fourth quarter. He also allowed at least one hit, when Aaron Rodgers completed a short left-handed pass to Eddie Lacy while being tackled by Brooks.
Second down: Sunday again showed the dilemma defensive coordinators face when they go against Rodgers and Lacy. In the first three games this season, defenses regularly brought a safety into the box to help stop Lacy, but the 49ers on the large majority of defensive snaps played safeties Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea deep to help defend the downfield pass. Lacy rushed for 90 yards and a 5.0-yard average per carry, and Rodgers’ scrambles netted another 33 yards on three runs.
Third down: Defensive lineman Letroy Guion didn’t have any tackles but appeared to hold his ground in the Packers’ run defense during limited playing time in his return Sunday after missing the first three games because of a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Guion played in the rotation occasionally in the nickel defense with B.J. Raji and had at least one snap in the base with Raji and Mike Daniels. His playing time likely will increase as he returns to better football shape after his layoff, during which he attended meetings and worked out on his own but couldn't practice with the team. “For missing three weeks, I think he played well,” Raji said. “A lot of energy, got off blocks and got to the ball.”
Fourth down: Rookie receiver Ty Montgomery showed eye-catching big-play ability early in training camp but has yet to make that kind of play through four regular-season games, including Sunday when he played extensively in place of injured Davante Adams (ankle). Montgomery dropped what should have a big play on the game’s first snap. On a Rodgers bootleg to the right, Montgomery ran behind cornerback Tramaine Brock on a go route, and Rodgers’ deep throw hit Montgomery in stride. But Montgomery dropped what would have been at least a 50-yard gain and possibly an 80-yard touchdown.