#3. The Packers are almost out of gas
While the Atlanta Falcons have enjoyed the comforts of home since Week 17, the Packers have made trips to Detroit and Dallas. The ‘Birds were also getting some ‘R & R’ back in Atlanta during the week Green Bay went to war with the Giants. Green Bay has been resilient down the stretch, but it seems the odds have finally stacked against them.
I was already sold on the Atlanta Falcons’ ability to take Aaron Rodgers out of his comfort zone on Sunday. Making the task easier is the fact the entire team will arrive in Atlanta already in an uncomfortable situation.
Multiple Packers have reportedly suffered through the flu this week. It’s nothing NFL team doctors and IVs can’t take care of but it’s a situation that disrupts game-planning. News from today also has Green Bay’s flight to Atlanta delayed due to heavy fog. NFL teams typically travel two days before a road game. Chalk this situation up as another major detractor from the Pack’s pregame routine.
Green Bay deserves a ton of credit for “running the table” and getting into the NFC Championship Game. It was a run that took a lot out of the Packers, who come into Sunday with 14 players listed on the official injury report. Last week’s game in particular was a knock-down, drag-out fight against the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t think Green Bay has much left in the tank at this point.