After a solid slate of Sunday games for Week 2, the weekend will end with a thrilling all-NFC affair from Atlanta. The Green Bay Packers will head south to do battle with Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Atlanta showed some solid resiliency bouncing back from last year’s awful Super Bowl finish to move to 1-0 against Chicago, while the Packers continue a difficult schedule. Last week, Green Bay took down the Seahawks and it won’t get any easier entering a hostile Atlanta crowd and doing battle with the high-octane Falcons’ offense. This should be a great match-up, and another possible NFC Championship affair. Expect lots of points and feel free to read on below for an official betting selection for this game.
Falcons vs. Packers Betting Odds:
Green Bay Packers +3 (-110)
@ Atlanta Falcons -3 (-110)
Over 54 (-110)
Under 54 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Falcons vs. Packers Pick:
Though Atlanta did enough to get the victory last week against the lowly Bears, they definitely were not at their best. Many of their issues stemmed from poor offensive line play, and their inability to effectively open up holes in the running game. The Packers have shown a knack of stifling the run and clogging up lanes, and look for Sunday to be no different. As a result, this is going to force QB Matt Ryan into a ton of 3rd-and-long situations. Green Bay does generate some solid pressure and should be able to get to Ryan on occasion. And really, they better – because the Packers’ secondary is nothing special and is likely the team’s biggest weakness. Atlanta is explosive through the air and though you can’t really ever stop the duo of Ryan to Julio Jones – Green Bay’s pressure should be enough to limit it.
On the other side of the ball, look for Aaron Rodgers to really enjoy the transition to the Falcons’ defense after a tough game against the Seahawks’ unit. The Atlanta pass rush is virtually non-existent right now and their defensive line has gotten quite depleted of late. If the Green Bay protection can hold up – and it should, look for Rodgers to be able to pick apart the Falcons’ secondary at will. Last week Rodgers showed his quality carving up the Seahawks in the second half, and if he could do that against Seattle, it is scary to think of what is going to happen against a lesser team in Atlanta.
Playing in a new stadium as the Falcons are is always tricky to handicap. The nuances haven’t really been figured out, and could be seen as a neutral advantage or not one at all. Look for that to serve as more of a distraction on Sunday evening and the Packers to take advantage. They still have a bad taste in their mouths following last season’s playoff trip to Atlanta, and Green Bay has improved while the Falcons have likely taken a step back.
With the way the Packers looked last week and the manner in which Green Bay back Ty Montgomery is currently running, look for the Pack to control this game from the outset. The Atlanta defense isn’t up to task and with their poor tackling displays in Week 1, taking out the tough and elusive Montgomery will prove challenging. I don’t foresee the Packers having trouble moving the chains, and look for Rodgers & Co. to open up Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a big road victory with lots of points scored.
PICK = Packers +3 (-110)