Will the Packers move to 4-0 this week?
Before their bye week, the undefeated Green Bay Packers take on the winless Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. Will Matt LaFleur’s team close out the first quarter of the season with a flawless record?
Standing in their way are the Falcons, a team desperate for a victory. They need to win this game or their season could be over before it’s really got going.
There are no easy games in the NFL, and the Falcons are a more talented team than their record suggests. Will the Packers improve to 4-0 before their week off?
Nile McNair: Packers
The Green Bay Packers, in their second straight primetime game, will matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Despite Atlanta being winless, the one thing they do is put points on the board.
However, lucky for Packers fans, their team currently has the highest-scoring offense in football. We must pay attention closely to how the offense looks without their emerging second wide receiver, Allen Lazard, who’s out indefinitely. Nonetheless, expect the Packers to pull away sometime in the third quarter and win.
Score: Green Bay 38, Atlanta 24
Jesse Fry: Packers
Atlanta is banged up and in need of a big win. Green Bay isn’t fairing any better health wise but has a red-hot quarterback and running back to lean on. If the Packers can get Davante Adams back and good production out of another weapon, a tight end or another receiver, the offense shouldn’t slow down much.
If Adams is out, Green Bay will have to rely heavily on the run, which could keep the game close. I think, ultimately, the Packers prevail despite being shorthanded at receiver.
Score: Green Bay 35, Atlanta 17
Freddie Boston: Packers
Green Bay’s offense showed it can still dominate even without Davante Adams on the field. They may need to find a way to do so again without Adams and Allen Lazard.
However, with the way Aaron Rodgers is playing, I’m not going to bet against this offense against any defense, no matter who is lined up at wide receiver. Atlanta’s defense ranks 31st against the pass after three weeks and is also giving up a league-worst 36 points per game.
Now, the Falcons will be without safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal, as well as defensive end Takk McKinley for this game.
On the other side of the ball, I also don’t trust Green Bay’s defense to have an answer for Atlanta’s offense. Cris Collinsworth said last week that this defense is built for shootouts. Well, good thing this game could be a shootout. They come up with one key takeaway to secure the win.