Falcons welcome Green Bay Packers in home opener

How Aaron Rodgers added to his free play mastery vs. Seahawks

The total has gone over in four of the Falcons' last five games in September.

That's because past year, the former Alabama standout also had four receptions for 66 yards in the season-opening game and followed it with a 5-106-1 line.

Week 1 takeaway: Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford started his second season with Minnesota with a bang, passing for 346 yards and three touchdowns to help the Vikings beat up on the Saints. With an average of 5.9 yards-per-carry in his first season at running back, Montgomery will be a difference maker in this one. Ty Montgomery had a career-high 23 touches in Week 1, which was tied for the sixth-most in the NFL. After Atlanta's guard pairing of Wes Schweitzer and Andy LeVitre struggled last week, interior pressure will likely be Atlanta's big weakness.

In the victory over Seattle, Daniels and Perry were a constant presence in the Seahawks backfield, with Daniels changing the course of the game with a third quarter strip-sack. So, this game is important for the Falcons. I really do. With all my heart.

Brooks did not record a sack in week one against the Seahawks, but was effective in keeping Russell Wilson in the pocket and hurrying him into unwanted throws. "He's always a factor in what we do". But even with a new offensive coordinator in Steve Sarkisian, Atlanta's multi-faceted offense has plenty ways to punish the Packers. I would have done this different, or I would have done that different. There were no players held out of practice. He knows the ball is going to come his way.

On Thursday when he met with reporters in the Falcons' locker room, Jones said he wasn't concerned about his stats.

"Those things, that hasn't even been discussed", Bulaga said. I saw him out of my peripheral, which isn't the best all the time. Following the game, there was much speculation that he and head coach Sean Payton got into a heated exchange, which Peterson says was 'overdramatized.' According to Joel Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate, Peterson thinks it will take some time for the running back situation to sort itself out. The Falcons offense has the ability to spread the Packers much thinner than Seattle did - as the NFC Championship Game clearly showed - but the Packers' infamous "nitro" package gives Green Bay the speed advantage it will very much need in Atlanta. NBC will televise the game at 7:30 p.m. CDT.

Lane, who was ejected during the Seahawks' 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers after officials thought reportedly he threw a punch at Packers wide receiver Davante Adams during an interception return in the first half, was not named on the Week 1 list of fines when they were revealed Friday.

Kind of ironic, Packers closed the Georgia Dome and now open the new stadium.

Q: Is this a NFC Championship game rematch?

The Atlanta Falcons might never live down their Super Bowl LI collapse, but that was one game and Matt Ryan and cohorts are reliable when they are laying points. "Run the Table" was released in January after Aaron Rodgers and company won their last six games of the 2016 season.

As of now, the status of Green Bay's starting tackles is up in the air.

The front five will have their hands full with a pair of above average edge rushers in Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks a year ago with 15 and a half and Brooks Reed who had a pair at Soldier Field last week. "I'm sure they're sick of coming down here". Bulaga was able to work on a limited basis last week, but was inactive for the matchup with the Seahawks because of an ankle injury suffered this summer. His next game action will be his first game action in a Packers' uniform. Randall said their improved health is their best hope after they played the Falcons last season with since-retired Sam Shields on the bench and himself and Rollins slowed by injury. "They cut some guys. I'm anxious to hear how the league tells us how that went and what should happen there". "It's a challenge. We've got to come with it". I remember [Randall Cobb] past year in the Giants playoff game [at Lambeau Field] said that the third touchdown he didn't see it until it was in his hands. Defensive tackle Mike Daniels wore a wrap on his hand but it was for protection purposes and he isn't expected to wear it Sunday.

"You try to contain him", House said.

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