3 Packers who can make a game-winning impact vs. Falcons in Week 2

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Coming off a huge win over the Chicago Bears to open the 2023 season, the Green Bay Packers now travel to Atlanta to face the 1-0 Falcons.

Behind its new-look defense and the electric backfield of Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta earned a 24-10 win over Carolina to start the season on a strong note.

Both teams possess a mixture of young standouts and established veterans so, on the surface, this seems like a fairly even matchup. Therefore, the Packers will need some players to step up and potentially surprise some people in order to earn the upper hand.

Keeping this in mind, here are three Packers who have the opportunity to come up big during Week 2.

Rasul Douglas

It's no secret the Falcons' offense isn't wideout friendly.

Drake London is their only receiver who most would consider a difference maker, and even he isn't always able to garner consistent targets in the Desmond Ridder-ran offense.

Though the Packers primarily utilize a zone defense, it's likely London will mostly have his hands full opposite Jaire Alexander—a matchup which favors the Packers.

However, a way Green Bay could really break the action open is by exploiting the rest of the Falcons' passing game.

Rasul Douglas, now an outside corner once again, is someone who's proved a capable playmaker during his time in the Frozen Tundra.

That trend continued in Week 1 when he recovered a Justin Fields fumble, and there could be more to come on that front should Ridder get a bit sloppy.

Atlanta's signal caller was very accurate in Week 1, but it also seemed clear Atlanta's coaches didn't trust him to look too far down the field. Should he make a mistake, Douglas could be the man to quickly capitalize.

Luke Musgrave

Christian Watson's absence and Romeo Doubs' limited snap count created concern for Green Bay's offense heading into the showdown with Chicago. Luckily, rookie tight end Luke Musgrave impressed in his debut to help mitigate these passing game complications.

Registering three receptions for 50 yards, including an impressive 37-yard haul, the Oregon State product flashed immediate potential.

He also helped open up several holes for Aaron Jones, allowing No. 33 to enjoy an explosive afternoon.

With Watson and Doubs still nicked up, Jordan Love may need to rely on Musgrave once more.

Matched up against a new-look Atlanta linebacking corps, Musgrave could put his immense talent to use against a unit still looking to completely nail down its chemistry. Should he find the end zone, or even eclipse 100 yards for the first time in his young career, Musgrave will make a crucial contribution toward a potential Packers victory.

De'Vondre Campbell

Speaking of linebacker groups, Green Bay's has a ton of potential thanks to the run-stopping duo of De'Vondre Campbell and Quay Walker.

Walker especially impressed against Chicago, but is currently questionable due to a concussion. If he can't go, Campbell will be faced with the harrowing task of slowing down the Atlanta backfield.

While that's easier said than done, as the Panthers learned, Campbell is a very capable player. His 2021 All-Pro campaign proved how disruptive he can be inside Joe Barry's system.

Coming off an up-and-down, injury-inflicted season, the former Falcon could continue getting himself back on track with a big showing against his former squad.

Against the Bears, he allowed only one completion and missed no tackles. If he produces like that for a second straight Sunday, Green Bay may have a shot at slowing down Arthur Smith's relentless rushing attack.

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