22 years ago, also on a Monday night, the Packers hosted an undefeated Vikings squad that came in with an uber-talented wide receiver (rookie Randy Moss). Sound familiar? It shouldn’t, because the Packers got blasted that game and Moss put his name on the map as Arrived. The Packers have done that quite a bit, making opponents look awesome in the spotlight. Happens when you play on national TV fairly often. While the Packers’ defense is libel to have an unknown kill them, this should be an opportunity for an unknown on Green Bay to make a name on national television.
I’d normally recap the previous week, but since it went according to plan, almost identically, what’s the point? The potential Previously Unknown candidates could range from any of the Tight Ends (Jace #87, Bobby #85, Deguara #81) to possibly Thighs (rookie HB AJ Dillon #28). All could easily have a break out game vs. Atlanta’s garbage defense. Then again it could be the, now, household names of Aaron Jones or….no wait, that’s about it. Credit goes to the QB for running the offense about as efficiently can be expected, however the offensive line has been absolutely amazing, especially given the injuries and musical chairs they’ve been playing. They’ve created running lanes, provided plenty of time with little-to-no-push into the pocket, and have been somewhat healthy in doing so.
As previously mentioned, the Falcons’ defense is straight trash. Having blown the last 2 games with heavy 4th quarter leads. Atlanta is giving up an avg. of 15.3 points in the 4th quarter. That is, no doubt, in the back of their mind. Especially when coming to face the #1 offense in the NFL, they’re going to press and try to play perfect football, which will likely come with trying to get as many turnovers as possible. Look for the Packers to take advantage of their aggression with a bunch of misdirection and play action…aka, their normal offense. While the Falcons do have some talented skill players (Julio Jones #11, Calvin Ridley #18, and Todd Gurley #21), their QB is the biggest choke artist in NFL history, and is further proving that this year losing to the Bears and Cowboys the last 2 games with double-digit 4th quarter leads.
Expect Julio (should he play) to get his, keeping in mind they’re likely to be chasing all game and having to throw, but anticipate little resistance from their D…it’s crazy to think, but maybe expect Rodgers to captain another 40-point output. Hopefully he just doesn’t have to in order to win.