ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes out of the pocket away from Brandon Chillar #54 of the Green Bay Packers at Georgia Dome on November 28 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
D. Orlando Ledbetter did a little side-by-side comparison of the two teams heading into Sunday night's tilt, and what he found is a little gruesome. There's a total of 11 categories stacked up here, ranging from net rushing yards to turnover differential.
The Packers are up in nine out of those 11 categories. They're a better passing offense, a better rushing offense, are the owners of a better average possession time and have a better turnover differential. On pulped wood product, as I've said, the Packers are the clearly superior team. That's the bloodcurdling part.
Fortunately, the two categories the Falcons beat the Packers on are the ones likely to make a huge difference in the upcoming game. That would be opposing passing yards, where the Packers are 31st in the NFL, and opponent total offense. The Packers are averaging over 400 yards allowed per game.
The recipe for a Falcons win is pretty simple, yet delicious: Pass all over the woeful Packers secondary. Pass to Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Get Harry Douglas involved. Throw to Jacquizz Rodgers. Continue to make my head spin by passing to Michael Turner. Just pass. The Falcons will want to have Turner involved in case he breaks out and to make some sort of gesture toward keeping the Packers honest, but c'mon. That secondary needs to be picked clean.
What say you? Will the Falcons crumple up some paper Sunday night, or what?