For Atlanta, an odd decision or three lie within.
Second-string tight end Logan Paulsen was ruled out on Friday with a knee injury, which makes sitting Ricky Ortiz very odd. The Packers have a stout defensive line and the Falcons have failed to run the ball in weeks. Maybe they want to see what Eric Saubert has in an elevated role?
The others are no surprise, with newly called-up defensive tackle Justin Zimmer also inactive.
The Packers are missing some key figures in the trenches.
Three of the five offensive line starters are INACTIVE for the Packers. https://t.co/FZAQZE2pih— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 9, 2018
Dan Quinn loves to blitz the stuffing out of Aaron Rodgers when the two teams play, so this is definitely not good for the Pack. It’s similar to that Washington game from roughly a month ago when the Falcons were able to get pressure on an OL without a lot of starters active, and funny enough, similar to the last time these two teams played in fall 2017.
The Packers were missing most of their offensive lineman then, too, so maybe that will be the key for Atlanta getting its first win since D.C.
Whatever happens, it’ll be sloppy football between two not-great teams. For now, these are the folks spared from participating.