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The Packers are without both starting tackles against the Falcons

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The Falcons don’t have any surprises in their inactives list, meanwhile.

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If you were searching for reasons to be optimistic about tonight’s game, start with this one: Green Bay will be missing both of its starting offensive tackles.

David Bakhtiari is a terrific left tackle, and Bryan Bulaga is more than solid on the right side. Aaron Rodgers moves well enough in the pocket to compensate for this, somewhat, but it makes protecting Green Bay’s start quarterback more difficult and certainly does not help speedy Ty Montgomery running outside. The Packers’ offense takes a significant blow here, which should help a Falcons defense that struggled at times against Chicago.

The Falcons, meanwhile, have the exact same list of inactives as they did a week ago against Chicago. This confirms that Damontae Kazee is ahead of Sharrod Neasman on the safety pecking order, while Ty Sambrailo is ahead of Austin Pasztor at tackle. None of this is surprising or worrisome, which means Atlanta once again heads into a game closer to full strength than their opponent. Let’s hope they take advantage.