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Betting Line: GB -6
The last time these two met in Atlanta, it was a 48-24 blowout in the playoffs, in Green Bay's favor. The Falcons would love to end Green Bay's win streak this Sunday night. With Aaron Rodgers playing as well as he has been, it's easy to say that the Packers should win easily. However, the Falcons could find themselves in an offensive shootout and they may have a good chance to upset.
Utilize Roddy White and Julio Jones Effectively
The Falcons have one of the best wideouts in the NFL and one of the most promising rookie receivers. Both can make the big play when called upon, and against Green Bay's weak passing defense (31st in the NFL), they should be able to exploit that. White needs to watch the drops, but if he focuses on his game, he could see a few big plays.
Keep Pace with Packers' Offense
It's going to be difficult, no matter who plays him, to slow down (much less stop) Aaron Rodgers. The Falcons are going to require their offense to avoid easy four-and-outs and keep their playmakers on the field. Michael Turner is going to have issues with the Packers run defense (second in the NFL), but they can't completely ignore him. If they come in with decent balance, they'll be able to score points.
Get in Aaron Rodgers' Face
The Falcons traded for Ray Edwards in the offseason hoping to increase their ability to hit the QB. They've only recorded five so far this season, which is nowhere near the level they'd like it to be at. Atlanta's secondary can't be relied upon to break up every passing play just because of how well Rodgers plays his position, but the Falcons need to find a way into the backfield. If they can't get pressure on the QB, it can be assumed Rodgers might throw for another six TDs.