SnoTap Packers Preview: Packers-Falcons
Green Bay gets a chance to show what it can do against a real team. This team is an offensive juggernaut looking to prove this isn’t another fluke year where Falcons start hot and finish cold. They are currently on a two-game losing streak. Packers look to maintain their success versus Falcons. Green Bay has won their last four games against Atlanta.
1. Stopping Julio Jones – Dom Capers will have the tall task of slowing down Julio Jones. This will not be easy given Green Bay’s lack of secondary help and if Quinten Rollins doesn’t play, it could get real ugly. Jones is having another big year, and Green Bay will need to find ways to stop him from the big plays. My guess is they will play a lot of zone schemes to not get beat over-the-top.
2. Rodgers returns to Georgia Dome – Aaron Rodgers would never say it, but this is a special place. We all remember what Rodgers did in the playoff game, and it’s his second time back since then. Rodgers had some issues with the Minnesota crowd so expect a little bit of that happening again. I do think Rodgers found something in his game late, and he’s going to get his opportunities to pass all over this Atlanta defense. Look for Jordy Nelson to come through with a couple big catches even against Desmond Trufant.
3. Ty Montgomery will have another big game – Atlanta is not very good with receiving backs. They rank their the bottom of the league, and that’s not good for Dirty Birds who see Ty Montgomery would made a killing off it last week. Don’t be surprised if more screens come out to play. Green Bay tried one last week and it failed yet it’s a positive start. Montgomery could have 10 catches again.
4. Don’t sleep on the pass rush vs. Matty Ice – What was really interesting is Matt Ryan worried about the pass rush before the secondary issues. Now, this could be because he’s a very PC bro, but at the same time, Ryan thinks pretty highly of this front seven. Not surprising and the fast turf might make for a bruise-filled day for Ryan. Pass protection ranks 24th for Atlanta according to Football Outsiders.
5. Vic Beasley is coming into his own – A player to watch for Atlanta is the rookie out of Clemson. He’s a beast and a terror off the edge. Sometimes, the speed rushers have great success against Bryan Bulaga. I wouldn’t be surprised if he lines up right over him at the first or second play of the game.
Prediction: Packers hold on a late charge from Falcons to get it done. Green Bay shows the offense outburst versus Chicago wasn’t a fluke. GB 35-30