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 previous year with 15 and a half and Brooks Reed who had a pair at Soldier Field last week. Things like that. We don't know what they're going to do. Does that mean the Packers defense is ready for the challenge this time around? "They've got some different guys on their side and we've got some different guys on our side", Falcons quarterback, Matt Ryan said. He spent the offseason preparing as a running back.
In the end Aaron Rodgers is going to be more than the Falcon's secondary can handle and this game is going to come down to whether or not Julio Jones comes alive and allows Atlanta to keep up offensively.
The Packers fought hard but lost to the Vikings as they christened U.S. Bank stadium last September, they'll have a very aroused crowd and a talented Falcons team to contend with in the first regular season game in this building's history. But after being no better than the No. 5 cornerback in Green Bay's season-opening victory over Seattle on Sunday, Gunter was deemed expendable. So, we need to practice better today and I think some of it's just a reflection of Week 1, playing 80-plus plays.
This season, Dom Capers introduced a new defensive package to the Packers' playbook.
Q: How did you learn how to play so many positions in the defensive scheme?
It's just the sort of effort that coaches love to see against a physical defense, one that opponents will remember come playoff time.
Interestingly enough, three of five staffers here at Packers Wire picked the Falcons, while Tim Weaver of the Falcons Wire predicted a Packers win. Daniels must be licking his chops after watching the Bears interior linemen repeatedly pressure Matt Ryan. The Packers - who finished 31st in passing defense a year ago - had to use undrafted LaDarius Gunter as their No. 1 cornerback, and Gunter was asked to shadow Pro Bowl wideout Julio Jones all day. "Don't hesitate, don't hold back, it's got to be full speed". I thought our pursuit and finish as a unit was outstanding and that's what I'm looking for moving forward.
Atlanta didn't look particularly sharp in last Sunday's 23-17 road win over Chicago, but a goal line stand in the closing moments got the Falcons' season off on the right foot with a win.
Well, it will be the first "outdoor" game for the Falcons since they left Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1991. He was overthrowing or completely missing receivers throughout the game.
"They've got great chemistry between the quarterback and receivers", Trufant said. "I look at it like I tell my kids when they're playing sports", Whitt said.
"Guys are healthy", Randall said. Every time that I went to go work out, I had to pass the Stadium. It's important for our players to get out on the field early, make sure their shoes are right, check out the lighting. "I'll state today as I said then: they played excellent and were deserving of going to the Super Bowl, but we kind of ran out of gas".
September 23, 2007, at Lambeau Field - Tomlinson accumulated 95 yards from scrimmage (62 rushing, 33 receiving) with a touchdown in Green Bay's 31-24 win.
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