Tale Of The Tape: Atlanta Falcons At Green Bay Packers

Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers
(credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
(credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
(credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Winner The Falcons ended their five-game losing streak when they came away with an overtime victory at Buffalo. The victory took a great weight off of Matt Ryan’s shoulders and he should be a much more relaxed quarterback in this game. Ryan is an accurate passer and if the Packers can’t put significant pressure on him, he should be able to pick apart the Green Bay defense.
There’s a chance that Aaron Rodgers could come back from his left shoulder injury and start against the Falcons. If he can, it’s likely the Packers will have their way with the Falcons and may go on a season-ending four-game winning streak. Rodgers is perhaps the most accurate passer in the game. However, if he can’t play, the Green Bay offense struggles badly with Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn under center.
Winner The Falcons should have a good chance to do some damage on the ground with Steven Jackson at running back. While he was injured earlier in the year, he’s healthy again and productive. Harry Douglas has stepped up nicely following the injury to Julio Jones. Roddy White is coming off a 10-catch, 143-yard game against the Bills, but he still has ankle soreness.
The Packers have decent weapons on offense but they have been hamstrung by Rodgers’ injury. Eddie Lacy is an excellent power back who can break away if he gets to the second level. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is going to find a way to get open and make big plays for the Packers. Jarrett Boykin is a decent weapon who can make big plays.
The Falcons struggle on defense because they tend to get beaten at the point of attack. While the Falcons have speed on defense, they lack bulk and can get pushed around. While the Falcons rank 25th in yards allowed, they have discovered a solid linebacker in Paul Worrilow, who has emerged as the team’s leading tackler with 89 stops. DE Osi Umenyiora has a team-high 6.5 sacks.
Winner The Packers rank 23rd in yards allowed and they have started to struggle quite a bit since losing Rodgers. The Packers have a hard time sustaining drives and that means the defense is getting overworked. Linebacker A.J. Hawk is having an excellent year and he leads the team with 103 tackles and he also has 5.0 sacks. Clay Matthews has a team-high 6.0 sacks.
Special Teams
Winner The Falcons have plenty of speed on their special teams, but they have yet to break a long return for a touchdown this year. Matt Bryant is one of the league’s best placekickers, and he is having a solid year as he has made 19-of-21 FG attempts.
Winner The Packers have done a decent job in punt coverage, but they have had some issues on kickoff coverage. Micah Hyde is a solid return specialist and he has taken one punt back the distance. Mason Crosby has made 26-of-30 FG attempts this season.

The Winner Is

(credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Winner Atlanta Falcons
3 out of 4

This game comes down to Rodgers. If he is healthy enough to get the start, the Packers should win easily. If he can’t, the Falcons could make it two wins in a row.
-Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports contributor


  1. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans drops back to pass during the first quarter of the game on October 9, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Week 7 Tale Of The Tape: Houston Texans At Denver Broncos

    The Broncos square off against their former QB as they welcome in Brock Osweiler and the Texans.

  2. SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to make a pass against the New York Jets in the first half of the NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
    Week 7 Tale Of The Tape: Seattle Seahawks At Arizona Cardinals

    The Seahawks face their NFC West foe on the road as the Cardinals look to get above .500 for the first time this season.

  3. FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots prepares to receive a snap during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during warm ups before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
    Week 7 Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Patriots are riding high and now face a Steelers team who will be without their starting QB.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Atlanta

Watch Dukes & Bell Live
Taz Goes Big With A New Daily Show!
Enter NOW

Watch & Listen