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Falcons Welcome the Pack into Town

Posted By Josh Brown On Oct 7 2011 @ 6:03 pm In Atlanta Falcons | No Comments

The Falcons’ game last week was ugly. Well at least it was ugly at the end. But the Falcons won in the end, so that’s all that matters right? Not necessarily. The Falcons should have ended on a good note considering who they’re playing this week. And they just happen to be playing the Super Bowl Champs this week.

But the Falcons’ have something to play for this week. As we all remember, the Falcons’ got embarrassed in the first round of the divisional playoffs last season by none other than Green Bay. That gives the Falcons enough motivation to upset the Champs. Which I think is possible. I don’t follow Green Bay much, but every team is beatable. Even high-powered offenses and great defenses. I do recall that the Falcons have an explosive offense of their own, even if it hasn’t been utilized much this season.

The Falcons, at 2-2, have lost two games they should have won, beaten a team they should have beat, and beaten another team that many predicted would beat the Falcons. You all can figure out who those teams were. The offense has been a slight disappointment, mainly because off our offensive line’s struggles. The defense has been solid at times but there have been plenty of breakdowns in coverage. Last week’s first half against the Seahawks was a perfect example of our Falcons’ football is supposed to be. The second half of last week is exactly how it has been the first four weeks: Bad.

The Packers are 4-0 and Aaron Rodgers is having another good year. He is tearing apart defenses with a pass-happy offense and always looks good. The Falcons’ defense needs to minimize breakdown in their coverage or otherwise Rodgers will have another easy game. The Packers’ run game has been mild, but this has been true for several seasons now.

Keys To Victory:

  • Get Julio The Ball!: I say this every week, and I’ll say it again. Julio Jones had his second consecutive 100 yard game and led the Falcons’ receivers. He is terrific in Yards After Catch and in getting open downfield. If the Packers shift coverage to him, then expect Roddy White to be open, which leads to my next point..
  • Roddy White has got to be clutch: The past two weeks, Roddy White has dropped easy catches. The good news is that he is acknowledging this and he should be working to be better. Expect him to catch more balls because coverage should be on Julio Jones, which leads to..
  • The other Falcons’ weapons should be good: Tony Gonzalez looks good this year, and Michael Turner/Jason Snelling/Jacquizz Rodgers have been catching passes out of the backfield. The offensive line should be playing as well as they did last week, so Ryan should have time and Turner should be getting some good runs off.
  • Defense must tighten up: We let Tavaris Jackson look like a future HOF’er last week. Who knows if he will be in the future, but right now he isn’t. And Aaron Rodgers is playing like he is good now. So we have to do better in coverage this week.
This is a tough call. I don’t quite know if the Falcons will be ready for this match up, but I do believe they will be motivated enough for the win. Expect an offensive duel between the Falcons and Packers. I have to give it to my team to pull off an upset.
Falcons 35, Packers 32

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