How the Falcons defense matches up vs. Packers offense


It wasn't pretty, but a win's a win.

Green Bay's defense had a terrific debut, especially considering how bad the Packers were against the pass last season.

Perhaps none of these came as a surprise, at least for the Packers. After being overmatched in Week one against defensive end Michael Bennett, Murphy turns his attention to 2016 sack-leader Vic Beasley and company.

During the peak of the Aaron Rodgers era, the Packers traveled to Georgia during the 2010 regular season and won a nail biter, 20-17. He has averaged 325.6 yards passing.

Aaron Rodgers' presence under center ensures that Green Bay will have one of the best offensive attacks in the league this season, but the Packers will be especially risky if the defense is able to perform at a high level. Bryan Bulaga was sent home with the stomach flu both Wednesday and Thursday but did return Friday for the review walk through.

The O-line wasn't entirely to blame, however.

The challenge against Rodgers is different for a player facing the veteran for the first time.

Nevertheless, Seattle was unable to capitalize on the interception-or any defensive stop, for that matter. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC, one AFC scout thinks Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will be able to score and keep the pressure on the Falcons in this one.

Green Bay's pass rush had their way with the train wreck of an offensive line fielded by Seattle, forcing Wilson to run for his life for the majority of the game. A victory over a much stronger opponent this week would be an even bigger statement.

The Bears had a first down at the Atlanta 5-yard line in the closing minute, but Bears receivers dropped passes on first and second down, Bears quarterback Mike Glennon threw an incomplete pass on third down, and he was sacked on fourth down to complete the squandered opportunity.

Stat that jumps out: Peterson had 18 yards on the ground and was New Orleans' leading rusher. Ultimately, Atlanta just has too many unsafe receivers to be shut down totally.

Despite the lack of efficiency, Green Bay remained committed to letting Montgomery run between the tackles. The total has gone over in four of the Falcons' last five games in September.

If he accomplishes that feat against the Falcons, he will reach 300 touchdowns faster than any other quarterback in National Football League history, with fewer attempts and fewer interceptions than any other passer to hit that milestone.

Montgomery's shoulder and upper body look thicker this season, the kind of physique more suitable for a starting running back.

The anonymous scout spoke with Bob McGinn of and said, "Green Bay will put up points and make it close". Former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan found a way to get Jones 12 targets when the Packers knew he was coming. The defense of the Packers looked like a new beast last week, holding the Seahawks to just nine points. Montgomery became the centerpiece of the backfield overhaul and given a full offseason to prepare as a running back, though Green Bay also took three backs in the draft. Given that the Seahawks are a perennial postseason presence, and next week's road game against the Atlanta Falcons is looming on the horizon, perhaps it's for the best that the Packers adopt that playoff mindset sooner rather than later.