Coming into the Monday night game with Green Bay, the Atlanta Falcons are a double digit underdog. The Falcons sit atop of the NFC South with a (5-7) record, and have a chance to distance themselves from the rest of the division. Winners of three of their last four, Atlanta can really make a statement in week 14.
Thanks to New Orleans loss to Carolina, the Falcons are a win away from taking a full game lead over the Saints. However, a loss to Green Bay will bring the Falcons right back to the pack. If that’s the case, Atlanta will be in a virtual tie with New Orleans, and only a half game lead over Carolina. The Falcons finish the season with both teams on the schedule.
As for tonight’s match up, the Falcons look to have Roddy White back in the lineup. White has been hampered by an ankle injury, but he is devoted to playing on Monday night in front of a national audience. It will be cold in Green Bay, so Roddy White must make sure to keep his ankle loose in the frigid temps. Therefore, White will probably be a game time decision. Regardless of who plays, Julio Jones needs to be the best receiver on the field.
The Packers are (9-3), and they have a lot to play for as well. Currently, Green Bay has a half game lead over the Detroit Lions. The Lions already won the first contest that sent Packers’ fans into a tailspin. However, since that moment, Green Bay has sustained two four game winning streaks, sandwiched by a loss to the aforementioned New Orleans.
After dropping 50 points in back to back games, Green Bay’s offense may have come back down to earth. They’ve only accounted for 50 points in the last two games, so that is good news for Atlanta’s defense. Still, the Falcons possess the 31st rated passing defense in the NFL.
During the Falcons’ last three wins, the defense has only given up 17.3 points per game. They’ll need that type of defensive effort to control Aaron Rodgers and the highly efficient passing attack. If they aren’t able to get stops, and create a couple turnovers, it will be up to Matt Ryan to play his best game.
Coming into the game, the Falcons average 276 yards passing. Matt Ryan has thrown 21 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Meanwhile, Rodgers has 32 touchdown passes and three interceptions. Atlanta has their work cutout for themselves, and their won’t be any moral victories, but the Falcons need to show well on Monday.