Atlanta Falcons: Five toughest games in 2016
3. Packers at home
Falcons fans don’t need reminding how difficult it is to beat the Green Bay Packers. Since Atlanta’s last win over Green Bay in 2010, the Packers have dominated the series by winning the past four meetings.
Even when the Falcons put up 37 points at Lambeau Field in December 2014 on the back of an 11-catch, 259-yard and one-touchdown performance by Julio Jones, the Packers still walked out 43-37 winners.
But if there’s one man who knows about beating the Packers, it’s Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. Quinn was defensive coordinator in Seattle as the Seahawks came from behind to beat the Packers in the 2014 NFC Championship Game. This was Seattle’s second win over them in 2014.
Despite this game taking place inside the Georgia Dome, it doesn’t get much tougher than this. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in football, and the Packers’ offense should reemerge as one of the league’s top units in 2016 with a healthy Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery.
The Falcons will need to be able to generate pass rush in this game. Rodgers was given a clean pocket in the past meeting at Lambeau, and if that happens again it’s game over. It won’t get much more difficult than when Green Bay comes to town.
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