Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons - Saturday 8:00PM on Fox
Line - Falcons by 2
Week 12 - Falcons 20 Packers 17
How the Packers can win: Get the run game going and keep an aggressive approach on defense. If the Packers can get rookie James Starks going like they did against the Eagles (23 carries for 123 yards) then it will be a defensive nightmare for the Falcons. The Falcons will have a hard enough time focusing on stopping Rodgers that Starks could interfere with their game plan. With the effective run game Rodgers threw for 3 TDs and was 18/27. The Packers attacked Mike Vick all game and really held him in check. Yea he threw for 292 yards but they did force him to throw an INT to finish the game, and they held him to only 33 rushing yards. They might have a little trouble containing Michael Turner but they'll bring the pressure when Ryan drops back to pass and they don't have to worry about him scrambling away as he only had 122 rushing yards all year.
How the Falcons can win: Stop Aaron Rodgers. The Falcons won the only meeting between the two teams back in week 12 but Aaron Rodgers absolutely torched them through the air and on the ground. Rodgers completed 74% of passes going 26/35 for 344 yards with a TD, and rushed 12 times for 51 yards with a TD. Brandon Jackson was extremely ineffective rushing 10 times for 26 yards. Nobody seems to really know how to stop Rodgers, but I know the Falcons are working on how to do that as we speak. Can't really blitz the guy because he'll run all over you but the Falcons need to find a way to slow him down. I guess they can use the Jets offensive approach and run the ball and keep Rodgers on the sidelines
LiLbRo's Prediction: Matty Ice doesn't lose at home and the Georgia Dome will be loud. Should be an exciting game with a lot of young talent (Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Greg Jennings, Roddy White), but the Falcons will find a way to win a tight one 31-27.
KeithyP's Prediction: The road to the Superbowl goes through Atlanta, and Atlanta is putting up road blocks. The Falcons are just to well rounded on offense and the Packers lack of a run game hurts them. The Falcons win with a great balanced offensive attack and beat the Packers 28-24.