Toughest challenges in Packers first five games of 2023 season

What challenges await the Packers in the first part of the season?
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Week 2: at Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons also struggled in 2022, finishing at 7-10. However, Atlanta managed a 6-3 record at home and added a premier running back prospect via the draft in Bijan Robinson.

Where they could cause problems for Green Bay, despite having a less-than-stellar quarterback, is through skill players.

Robinson will have a chance at a big game against Green Bay, who ranked 31st in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric against the run in 2022.

Last season, the Falcons averaged 159.9 rushing yards per game, third in the NFL, led by Tyler Allgeier and Marcus Mariota.

Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts enters 2023 arguably as the most talented player on the offense. His skillset makes him matchup-proof, but Falcons quarterbacks have struggled to get him the ball. 

With Desmond Ridder stepping in at quarterback, expect Pitts to finally claim a more significant role in this offense as a reliable target for the young quarterback. 

Green Bay improved drastically in covering tight ends in 2022, allowing the second-fewest catches and yards to the position. However, they tied for the sixth-most touchdowns allowed (7).

With Robinson commanding attention in the passing game out of the backfield, the Packers could get burned if they lose track of Pitts.

Wide receiver Drake London is also an ascending talent who will undoubtedly be Ridder's top target all season.

At 6-4, London is a nightmare for any cornerback or safety. Finishing with 72 catches, 866 yards, and four touchdowns as a rookie in 2022, the Falcons expect a big sophomore season from the USC product.