Falcons vs. Packers: 5 Key Players


Jaire Alexander

The Packers got a good one in Jaire Alexander. The first-round pick out of Louisville has already turned into the best cornerback on their roster and he is going to have a tough task on Sunday, no matter who he guards. Anyone of the Falcons receiving trio can give the Packers fits. Julio Jones has had some of his best games against the Pack. We all remember when he went for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship back in 2016. He also caught 11 balls for 259 yards and a score the last time the Falcons visited Lambeau. Not to mention, Jones is coming off a game in which he caught 2 balls for 18 yards. How often do we see that happen two weeks in a row? Alexander will have to have a monster game to slow down Jones and the rest of these Atlanta receivers.

Zane Beadles/Ben Garland

It is hard not to notice how poor the offensive line has been playing for the Falcons over this four-game losing streak. They have allowed the most pressures on Matt Ryan and have been even worse at opening up running lanes for Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith. A lot of the trouble has come from the interior, which is Kenny Clark territory in Green Bay. Whoever starts for the Falcons at right guard is going to have one of their toughest tests of the season.

Blake Martinez/ Deion Jones

Yea, the Falcons played their worst game in recent history against the Ravens, but it was still a site to see Deion Jones back on the turf, and he did not disappoint. In his first game back since week one, Jones recorded 15 tackles and a sack. On the other side, Blake Martinez is another exciting young middle-linebacker that could be on his way to the first Pro-Bowl of his career. He leads the Packers with 106 tackles this year after finishing with 142 a year ago. Both of these guys are the quarterbacks of their respective defenses and will be a thrill to watch come Sunday.

Davante Adams

Like Jones, there is rarely ever a secondary that can keep Davante Adams quiet. The Falcons certainly are not that defense. When Aaron Rodgers has time, he usually has no problem finding Adams, who is a matchup nightmare for any corner. There is no way of getting around it: the Falcons’ cornerback play has been poor nearly every week of the season. If Atlanta cannot find a way to pressure Aaron Rodgers, Adams could be in for his best game of an already spectacular season.

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