The Atlanta Falcons need a statement win

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The Falcons' rushing defense surrendered over six yards a carry last week to the Bears. On 28 attempts without pressure, Ryan completed 80.8-percent of his passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Ultimately, Atlanta just has too many risky receivers to be shut down totally.

Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.

"I wasn't panicking", Ryan said. "It certainly hurt to lose him - that play cost us a touchdown and we lost him". "He's always a factor in what we do".

More important: Nelson is feeling A-OK entering Sunday night's game, which pits two of the NFL's best quarterbacks and most dynamic offenses against each other. Clay is moving around again from outside linebacker and playing a key role in Green Bay's pass rush, while Jake is responsible for protecting Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan's blind side at the crucial left tackle spot. That's playing Monday-morning quarterback on myself, too. I thought the Falcons would blow out the Bears, since Chicago has a pretty bad defense.

If he can't go, Kyle Murphy will make his second straight and second career start at right tackle. "I would think, if you look at the skill set, you'd like to do that a bunch". He knows the ball is going to come his way. "I don't know what I need to do to get you to believe it". "I worked all offseason for that game".

"Those things, that hasn't even been discussed", Bulaga said. Jeff [Janis] complained previous year in Detroit when I threw him a fade ball on the sidelines that he just never saw it. The Packers must protect Aaron Rodgers this week before the first game played in the Mercedes-Benz stadium begins to look like last season's NFC Championship.

Kickoff: Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m.

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery is looking to build on a good season-opening effort against the Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons have been victors in the past two meetings, including the most-recent matchup (last season's NFC Championship Game), which they won 44-21 on January 22, 2017.

The Falcons boasted Pro Bowl running back William Andrews. Again, they hooked up for a long-distance score - this one a 57-yarders in the third quarter to expand a two-score lead to three. So thin were the Packers at the end of last season that Gunter, an undrafted rookie at the time, was their No. 1 cornerback in all three playoff games. Julio Jones has been almost impossible for Green Bay to cover in recent years, so it will be up to Daniels and the pass rush to make up for deficiencies in the back end of Green Bay's defense.

"Bryan Bulaga was actually in here this morning", coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "It's a little bit of a review day today, so you get to kind of see what the whole plan is". "That's really what our guys are focused on".

Rodgers said he appreciated Bennett coming to his defense. His ability to catch in the backfield creates mismatches and an element to the offense that has developed in a huge way since the last time these two teams met. We've just got to be ready for anything going into this game. I wish they let you fight.

It should also come as no surprise that each QB's best game against the other came with the highest of stakes. "We've just got to be ready for anything". "He's a good matchup guy", Quinn said. "It's a big reason he's played as much as he's played". "He's everything you want in a receiver".