Teams meet in Week 2 rematch of last year's NFC title game

Teams meet in Week 2 rematch of last year's NFC title game

"The ankle is getting better", the Green Bay Packers veteran right tackle said Friday after missing last week's season-opening win over Seattle and having what he called "a rough few days" battling the flu on Wednesday and Thursday. "We'll see how he is tomorrow, and I'll wait until game day, but he looked really good".

Q: Is this a NFC Championship game rematch? That was a game the Packers hardly showed up for, aside from Aaron Rodgers.

Of course, Green Bay has other weapons as well.

Aaron Rodgers is one of the most risky quarterbacks in the National Football League, but if the Falcons can contain him in the pocket, the real X-factor will be how the Falcons defend Green Bay's running backs and the tight ends. Rodgers could find him on a lot of quick routes, and let him steal some extra yards for Green Bay. He is two away from that mark heading in to Sunday. Those pass-catching abilities out of the backfield will be a major asset in this week's game against the Falcons.

It was an important winning start for a defense which indeed lost its collective breath - and a big lead - in its Super Bowl loss to New England.

Montgomery ran for 54 yards and score on 19 carries against Seattle's tough defense, with many of those yards amassed after contact in the second half.

Ty Montgomery's transition to running back appears to be going well.

Whatever the method of prediction, the expectation is for a big game for Jones on Sunday. "That's what he's played with the last two years". Green Bay drafted Kevin King and signed Davon House in the offseason to add depth at cornerback.


Crick, who is due $1.5 million this season in the final year of his two-year contract, started 15 games last season, collecting 53 tackles, three sacks, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles. It will be challenged even more by Rodgers and the Packers. Burnett is able to get into tight ends and wide receivers while working the line like a backer. Kentrell Brice is brought in as the additional safety paired with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of his 42 passing attempts for 311 yards and a touchdown. Factor in a pair of drops and Ryan was accurate on 88.5 per cent of his passes when he was kept clean in the pocket.

Family affair: LB Clay Matthews will be going up against his cousin, Falcons LT Jake Matthews again. The Packers defense sacked Wilson three times, and harassed him far more than their Seattle counterparts harassed Rodgers. A similar performance this week could go a long way towards disrupting the Falcons offence.

Martellus Bennett was defending his quarterback and now he'll pay for it. That personnel group also has to hold up strong against the run as it did against the Seahawks.

In his first meeting against Packers, as a rookie in 2011, Jones had one catch for 16 yards on four targets in the 25-14 loss. That won't happen against Atlanta but Green Bay's offence is talented enough that they could win this game if their defence at least slows the Falcons down.

A year ago, the Packers were no match for Ryan & Co.

Both Atlanta and Green Bay are considered among the top teams in the NFC, and many believe their Sunday night contest could be a close one.

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