The Falcons were 2-4 against the Packers in the Mike Smith era, but they’re a perfect 3-0 against them since Dan Quinn took over, with two-out-of-three qualifying as borderline or complete blowouts. This Atlanta team has had Green Bay’s numbers, but I fear those days are coming to a close.
Why? Because Atlanta is putrid and about to travel to Green Bay to face a motivated Packers team that just cleared out Mike McCarthy and Winston Moss, giving Aaron Rodgers freedom he seemingly has long craved. With as listless as the Falcons have been in recent weeks, it’s hard to imagine them suddenly finding their footing against a team that should benefit from a coaching change bounce.
That’s probably why Green Bay is a 4.5 point favorite this week, though the fact that it’s not more tells you exactly how bad this Green Bay team has been of late. The truth is that this is a game between two of the NFC’s most disappointing squads, a pair of would-be contenders who have fallen so low that they got a coach fired and have fans openly pining for the firing of another one.
If you’re waiting for me to finish this one on a positive note, keep waiting. I’ll always hope for an impressive Falcons effort, but I can’t expect one.