3 Bold Predictions for Falcons versus Packers


The Falcons do not allow a single sack

It is no secret how poor the offensive line looked in pass protection week one versus Chicago. Conversely, the Packers defensive line looked rejuvenated against Seattle, coming up with four sacks and making life miserable for Russell Wilson. There are already clamors of the Packers defense being “back”. Well I am not ready to go there just yet. The Seattle offensive line is the worst in the NFL and looked even worse than that on Sunday. Meanwhile, Atlanta sends out one of the best offensive lines in the league onto the field. It may have not looked like it against Chicago last week, but expect a bounce back performance from this group that feels confident it can handle Green Bay’s defensive front. Wes Schweitzer will be the guy everyone has their eyes on. The coaching staff has remained confident in the first year starter, and I think he will rebound in week two. It is going to be a large task, but Matt Ryan will stay clean on Sunday night.

Mohammed Sanu leads the team in receiving

The last time Julio Jones was facing the Packers defense he was torching them for 180 yards in the NFC Championship. Green Bay played it risky, allowing Jones to face one-on-one coverage throughout that game. That will not be the case in this one. The Packers have learned from their mistakes and will throw multiple looks at Jones throughout this one. But this prediction has just as much to do with Sanu’s improvements as a receiver as it does with the extra attention Julio Jones will be receiving. Sanu did not have a monster week one, but nobody on the Falcons offense outside of Austin Hopper did. Everyone around Falcons camp has notice the improvements Sanu has made this offseason. He is going to be even more of a compliment to Julio Jones this season, and it will start with a huge game on Sunday night.

Matt Ryan reminds people why he is MVP with four touchdown performance 

If the first prediction comes to fruition, Matt Ryan will have a field day against a Packers secondary that is improved but still far from intimidating. Last year’s number one cornerback for the Packers in the NFC Championship was Ladarius Gunter. Gunter was just released from the team earlier this week, so do not expect Ryan to carve up this defense as easily as he did eight months ago. This time it will be a little tougher, but Ryan will shred any defense with these weapons if given enough time. The Atlanta offensive line was given a much-needed test in week one against a stellar Chicago defensive line. They will be more prepared in this one. They protect Matt Ryan, and he leads the Falcons past Aaron Rodgers once again in a tight shootout that goes down to the wire.


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