Packers-Falcons at a glance

Remember, Aaron Rodgers has played in three NFC Championship Games, all on the road.

The Falcons may have been suffering a bit of a hangover in their first regular season game since their heartbreaking Super Bowl loss.

Not that Rodgers has any influence over how well Ryan plays on Sunday night, but it's no secret the quarterback who plays better will go a long way in deciding the outcome.

Sunday Night Football brings us a rematch of last season's NFC Championship as the Atlanta Falcons welcome the Green Bay Packers to their brand new home.

Among the NFL's 32 teams, the Green Bay Packers finished 22 in total defense and next-to-last in passing defense in the 2016 season.

Linebacker Ahmad Brooks is doubtful due to a concussion, and defensive tackles Montravius Adams (ankle) and Mike Daniels (hip) are questionable. Jason Spriggs, who has a hamstring injury, may not be able to play either.

The Packers' only practice in pads is Thursday, so Bulaga missed a key day of preparation.

AJ Green frustrated by lack of targets on final drive
O'Brien said he hopes he will be able to stick with whoever starts on Thursday - and it is expected to be Watson - going forward. It was a bad night for the Bengals, and after only two games Cincinnati is on the verge of kissing its season goodbye.

If he can't go, Kyle Murphy will make his second straight and second career start at right tackle.

Last week, in the 23-17 win over the Bears, Jones only had five targets and caught four passes for 66 yards.

Last season, Jones had three catches for 29 yards in the 33-32 win on October 30, 2016.

Secondly, Aaron Rodgers needs to be great. "We've just got to work through it".

A solid run game will help set up the shot plays. It appears that the Packers running game is on better footing this year with Ty Montgomery taking over the lead back role, and the Falcons struggled a bit with versatile backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen a week ago. That can't happen again.

The Falcons struggled to get things going on the ground in Week One, making Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman even hungrier for the primetime matchup. So you've just got to continue watching, and maybe you'll figure out the secret ingredient to it. The Green Bay rushing attack would take a big hit as well. Dontari Poe is going to potentially cause havoc for the Packers' offensive line next to Grady Jarrett. Ryan is also coming off a season in which he threw for 4,944 yards and fired 38 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Look for the Falcons to target their All-Pro wide receiver early and often on Sunday night. "The forced fumble reversed field position and led to the Packers' first score". That personnel group also has to hold up strong against the run as it did against the Seahawks. The Falcons will want to impress in their new digs. The defending NFC champions will now look to make it three wins in a row against the Packers in Atlanta, with the hope that some of that Georgia Dome magic can carry over to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Packers are no strangers to opening a visiting team's stadium - it lost 17-14 in the Vikings' first game at U.S. Bank Stadium last season. Have thoughts on how the Falcons and Packers are performing?


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