Packers: Important not to overlook Falcons in Week 4

Julio Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Julio Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Packers’ 2020 game against the Falcons won’t be a walk in the park.

Despite the Atlanta Falcons’ record last season, they’ll not be a team to overlook when they visit Lambeau Field in Week 4. After a tough start to the year, the Green Bay Packers will need to get the job done in their second home game of the season.

While the Falcons finished the 2019 season with a 7-9 record, they finished 6-2 down the stretch and looked a completely different team to early in the season. Perhaps this late-season form saved Dan Quinn his job.

The Falcons will be aiming to get back into playoff contention in 2020 and the Packers shouldn’t take this game lightly.

Falcons have the players to hurt Packers

We’ve seen on many occasions what Julio Jones can do.

He has four games of over 100 yards against the Packers, including a 259-yard, one-touchdown game at Lambeau in 2014 and another 180-yard, two-touchdown performance in the 2016 NFC Championship Game.

Former league MVP Matt Ryan has also had plenty of success against the Packers in his career and this will be a connection Green Bay’s defense will need to slow down.

The addition of Todd Gurley will be an interesting one. He replaces Devonta Freeman in the backfield and, if he is fully healthy, will give Green Bay’s defense plenty to think about.

This will be an important game for the Packers. Four of their first six games will be played on the road, each of which will be against playoff contenders (Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Houston Texans). Winning the two home games (Detroit Lions, Falcons) will be so important.

Atlanta is a team to watch in 2020. Even after a disappointing season, this isn’t a team to overlook. While there are questions defensively, the Falcons offense has the potential to be up there with the best of them.