3 bold predictions for Packers defense against Falcons in Week 2

How might the underrated Green Bay Packers defense respond after Week 1?
Green Bay Packers defensive backs Jaire Alexander and Rasul Douglas
Green Bay Packers defensive backs Jaire Alexander and Rasul Douglas / Michael Reaves/GettyImages
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While Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers offense received the majority of accolades after the team's 38-20 victory over the Chicago Bears, the defense was more than up for the challenge during Week 1 of the NFL season.

Defensive coordinator Joe Barry had his group ready to go, including four sacks of Bears quarterback Justin Fields. The Green Bay defense also forced a fumble and ran back an interception for a touchdown.

With Week 1 now in the rearview mirror, the Packers can now focus their attention on the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay will be on the road for the second week in row, but what are three bold predictions for the Packers defense in their Week 2 matchup against the Falcons?

1. Packers defense will force Desmond Ridder's first career interception

It's got to happen sometime, so why not in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers? While Desmond Ridder has had an incredibly short stint in the NFL to this point, the former University of Cincinnati quarterback has done a fine job of holding onto the football.

Most first- and second-year QBs struggle with turnovers, but not Ridder. The Falcons signal-caller, who now has five starts under his belt, has yet to throw an interception in a game. This is honestly nothing new, as his season-high during his time at UC was only nine during his sophomore year.

Ridder is one who's usually very careful with the football. But on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers defense will look to get the Atlanta Falcons into third-and-long situations and force the young quarterback to make a mistake.

Green Bay has a ballhawking defense with the likes of Jaire Alexander and Rasul Douglas patrolling the boundary. Both Alexander and Douglas recorded a pass defended last Sunday against the Bears, but neither player was able to come up with a pick. Look for that to change on Sunday in Atlanta.