On November 20th, the Raiders took on the Chiefs and proved you can’t take any opponent for granted. I can guarantee the Packers aren’t taking the Falcons for granted and there are several reasons they shouldn’t overlook the Falcons.
After taking down the Pats, Mike McCarthy’s Packers are flying high and host the Falcons in their first Monday night appearance of the season. Four of Atlanta’s five wins have come against divisional opponents, which are not considered much of a resume builder this season. Tied with the Saints atop of the NFC South, a lot is on the line for the Falcons this week.
The Falcons ranked dead last in the league in both pass defense and total defense, having given up lots of points to a number of modest offenses (Giants, Vikings and Ravens). To no surprise, Atlanta has only forced 14 sacks on opposing quarterbacks, with arguably the lowest profile pass rushing duo in the NFC. Atlanta’s pass rush should be no problem for the Packer offensive line, which has largely kept Rodgers off the ground since the bye week.
The win against the Patriots was big for many reasons…but there are a couple aspects of that game that encouraged me. Things I had been waiting to see out of the Packers and had not yet seen. These two elements give me great confidence that this team has an even better shot coming down the stretch in this 2014 season. Continue reading
Don’t let the Falcons 5-7 record fool you, They are a much better team than most would think. They are coming off a win over the #1 seed Arizona Cardinals 29-18. Matt Ryan is a veteran QB that can kill you with his arm or legs, While he is not in the same category as Rodgers he still reminds me of him the way he plays the game, He is the leader of this team and makes good reads at the line of scrimmage. He has some good targets to toss the rock to as well, Julio Jones and Roddy White can make big plays if the Packs secondary are not on their A game Monday night. Steven Jackson is their work horse and can pound the ball averaging 3.8 yards per carry. That may not sound like much but it’s enough to get first downs in 3 carries! Continue reading
With a win over the Patriots, the Packers look to continue their playoff push with another big win against the Atlanta Falcons Monday Night. The Falcons, for their part, are riding a wave of confidence after beating the NFC leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Here are three things the Packers will need to do to be successful against the Falcons.