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5 semi-sensible reasons the Falcons can knock off the Packers

Posted: 12/03/2014, 11:57am | Will Hager

Not even the most optimistic Falcons fans foresaw Sunday’s thumping of the formerly first-place Arizona Cardinals. Despite Atlanta’s convincing victory, even less will be starry-eyed headed into the field trip to Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football.

However, these Falcons are a resilient bunch.

Here’s 5 reasons why the Dirty Birds could make it spill-your-cheese-dip close with the red-hot Packers:

5. The passing game’s emergence.

The Falcons changed the Cardinals’ “No Fly Zone” into a airplane hangar. Matt Ryan diced the usually dependable Arizona pass defense for 361 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Along with Ryan’s stellar play was Julio Jones, who made All-Pro corner Patrick Peterson look like a chump.

Harry Douglas’ return opened up the passing game and the Falcons’ slot efficiency in a beautiful way. The Packers rank 11th in passing yards allowed so for the Falcons to have any chance, look for them to take some shots downfield.

4. A Packer letdown

Green Bay has ripped off 4 wins in a row with two blowouts (CHI, PHI) and two nail-biters (MINN, NE). They have room for one more loss before pulling their britches up for their annual playoff run.

Atlanta can’t afford as much wiggle room as every loss pushes them closer off the edge of an extremely flukey season in the porous NFC South. Coming off a great win over the Patriots, the Packers could trip over the Falcons if they have their noses too high up in the air.

3. Monday Night Football is usually one way or the other

Only 2 of the last 5 MNF games have come down to less than 7 points. MNF has left a lot to be desired for fans this year.

While I don’t see the Falcons running away with this one, a plodding and penalty-laden game would be in Atlanta’s favor. Keep the big plays away from Jordy Nelson and the Pack receiving core. Keep Lacy out of the game early and most important, get in Rodger’s head, make him see red and black all day.

2. Steven Jackson is turning back to his Dodge Ram days

The bulldozer had a great game against the Cardinals, cresting the 100-yard mark, including a 55-yarder that brought back flashbacks of No.39 in Blue and Gold. Looking good, SJ!

The Packers supposed defensive weakness is the run game, so look for Steven to get a bucketload of carries, if anything, just to keep them honest.

1. The heat is turning up in Hotlanta

Win or lose, the true character of this team will be on display during the last four weeks of the season. Mike Smith will either grab the reins of the team or his tanning lotion. Matt Ryan will be an average quarterback with high-caliber weapons or a playoff-bound signal caller. Steven Jackson will churn out the last good yards his legs can muster or he’ll find himself in free agency. The defense will hunker down or be completely overhauled.

Everything is make-or-break with this team.

http://atlanta.suntimes.com/atl-sports/atlanta-falcons/7/78/34097/falcons-packers-game-time/

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3. Monday Night Football is usually one way or the other

Only 2 of the last 5 MNF games have come down to less than 7 points. MNF has left a lot to be desired for fans this year.

While I don’t see the Falcons running away with this one, a plodding and penalty-laden game would be in Atlanta’s favor. Keep the big plays away from Jordy Nelson and the Pack receiving core. Keep Lacy out of the game early and most important, get in Rodger’s head, make him see red and black all day.

Lol yeah this is VERY sensible.

Stop the QB, Stop the WRs, Stop the run game and we should win. Dude is a genius wink.png

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5. Possible. Atlanta has the weapons though GB has an excellent secondary and pass rush. The type of quarterback that can do damage against them is the mobile type that can extend plays like Wilson.

4. Doubtful. No such thing as a let down at Lambeau lately. This team has a good mix of veterans and McCarthy doesn't usually allow letdowns. If Atlanta wins it will be because they outplayed Green Bay and had a better game plan. Rodgers would kill any player he thinks is slacking too...

3. MNF won't be a factor either way. Penalties: Green Bay is one of the least penalized teams in the league. Not likely.

Getting in Rodgers' head: not likely. If you blitz him he'll destroy you. Do you have the horses to get to him with four? GB's O-line is finely healthy and is one of the team strengths this year.

2. Steven Jackson: This is possible. I think Jackson still has some gas in the tank. Though Green Bay's poor rush defense is over blown. They've been darn good since they: 1. moved Clay to ILB on rushing downs, 2. Got Hawk the heck off the field. 3. Inserted Sam Barrington, 4. Gave time for the new defense and new safeties to play together and gel...

Green Bay's defense is a completely different unit than what you witnessed week one in Seattle.

1. Atlanta is getting hot: that could be. That win in Arizona was impressive and could well have turned your season around.....

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no sane person thinks the Falcons are going to go to Lambeau and win with this defense. I would love to be wrong but the combination of the following:

  • Green Bay is 6-0 at home
  • Falcons have 32nd ranked defense - worst in the league
  • Green Bay has 7th ranked offense
  • Aaron Rodgers always destroys the Falcons
  • Aaron Rodgers is the best scrambler in the NFL
  • Falcons are worst pass rush team in NFL
  • Falcons awful on the road (our two road wins are Tampa/Carolina(which we should have lost))
  • Falcons are a dome team
  • Matt does not fare well outdoors

For our beloved Falcons to win in Lambeau, we are going to have to break a lot of tendencies. Hope we do - but just sayin'.

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no sane person thinks the Falcons are going to go to Lambeau and win with this defense. I would love to be wrong but the combination of the following:

  • Green Bay is 6-0 at home
  • Falcons have 32nd ranked defense - worst in the league
  • Green Bay has 7th ranked offense
  • Aaron Rodgers always destroys the Falcons
  • Aaron Rodgers is the best scrambler in the NFL
  • Falcons are worst pass rush team in NFL
  • Falcons awful on the road (our two road wins are Tampa/Carolina(which we should have lost))
  • Falcons are a dome team
  • Matt does not fare well outdoors

For our beloved Falcons to win in Lambeau, we are going to have to break a lot of tendencies. Hope we do - but just sayin'.

Actually Russel Wilson is the best scrambler in the NFL. Ok I'm just trying to be positive - were going to get murdered but honestly it doesn't mean we're not playing better the last few weeks.

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no sane person thinks the Falcons are going to go to Lambeau and win with this defense. I would love to be wrong but the combination of the following:

  • Green Bay is 6-0 at home
  • Falcons have 32nd ranked defense - worst in the league
  • Green Bay has 7th ranked offense
  • Aaron Rodgers always destroys the Falcons
  • Aaron Rodgers is the best scrambler in the NFL
  • Falcons are worst pass rush team in NFL
  • Falcons awful on the road (our two road wins are Tampa/Carolina(which we should have lost))
  • Falcons are a dome team
  • Matt does not fare well outdoors

For our beloved Falcons to win in Lambeau, we are going to have to break a lot of tendencies. Hope we do - but just sayin'.

Listen I agree with everything you stated. I have watched all the Falcons games this season and some of the Packers games, and based on these observations thus far, there is no way that the Falcons should be able to beat the Pack. However in the NFL on any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team, which is why we keep watching the games.

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The Packers are a great team. They have a really good head coach, one of the best in the league. However, I feel as though this team has started to really understand how good they actually are. Minus some bonehead decisions by our head coach, and a couple let downs against MIN and CHI we should be in firm position to host a playoff game. Personally I think we have a shot at winning this game. If we do we prime ourselves for a run at the playoffs against a mediocre NFC.

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The very fact that this is a huge game, and could possibly salvage the Falcons season, is also the very reason why the Falcons will choke. The Falcons don't have the mindset to beat a team like the Packers in GB. Don't tell me how the Falcons just beat the team with the best record. All they did was beat a team with too many injuries and a career back up QB.

Look for the Falcons to get pummeled

Falcons 10

GB 36

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no sane person thinks the Falcons are going to go to Lambeau and win with this defense. I would love to be wrong but the combination of the following:

  • Green Bay is 6-0 at home
  • Falcons have 32nd ranked defense - worst in the league
  • Green Bay has 7th ranked offense
  • Aaron Rodgers always destroys the Falcons
  • Aaron Rodgers is the best scrambler in the NFL
  • Falcons are worst pass rush team in NFL
  • Falcons awful on the road (our two road wins are Tampa/Carolina(which we should have lost))
  • Falcons are a dome team
  • Matt does not fare well outdoors
For our beloved Falcons to win in Lambeau, we are going to have to break a lot of tendencies. Hope we do - but just sayin'.
Stop being a puss and support your team. Falcons just need to dust off the 2010 regular season tape of the win over Godgers and the Pack. We held them to 17 points and of course Abe sacked him and did the discount double check move on him. The Falcons could go into Lambeau and shock the world 2002 playoff style and get out of dodge just before the snow starts falling. Rise up son.
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no sane person thinks the Falcons are going to go to Lambeau and win with this defense. I would love to be wrong but the combination of the following:

  • Green Bay is 6-0 at home
  • Falcons have 32nd ranked defense - worst in the league
  • Green Bay has 7th ranked offense
  • Aaron Rodgers always destroys the Falcons
  • Aaron Rodgers is the best scrambler in the NFL
  • Falcons are worst pass rush team in NFL
  • Falcons awful on the road (our two road wins are Tampa/Carolina(which we should have lost))
  • Falcons are a dome team
  • Matt does not fare well outdoors

For our beloved Falcons to win in Lambeau, we are going to have to break a lot of tendencies. Hope we do - but just sayin'.

Matt Ryan is 2-2 against Rodgers with a win in Lambeau.

Plenty of reasons to be negative without making things up.

Hopefully we can turn things around like Green bay did this time of the season in 2010.

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2. Steven Jackson is turning back to his Dodge Ram days

The bulldozer had a great game against the Cardinals, cresting the 100-yard mark, including a 55-yarder that brought back flashbacks of No.39 in Blue and Gold. Looking good, SJ!

The Packers supposed defensive weakness is the run game, so look for Steven to get a bucketload of carries, if anything, just to keep them honest.

The insanity with Jackson after one good game in two years is mind boggling.

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