Battle of air attacks
Packers have work cut out to clip Falcons’ wings in rematch of NFC title game
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers aren’t used to being outgunned in a shootout, but that’s exactly what happened the last time they met the Atlanta Falcons.
Usually the ones to run up the score and put games out of reach, the Packers felt the wrath of last year’s historic Falcons offence in the NFC Championship Game, in which they trailed by 24 points at half-time and eventually lost 44-21.
Nearly eight months have come and gone since that January meeting, during which the rosters of both teams have altered, and
Atlanta have transitioned to a new offensive coordinator, but the Falcons’ firepower remains a concern in the first regular-season game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium tonight.
Matt Ryan still has star wide receiver Julio Jones to exploit Green Bay’s secondary, which he did in full force in the NFC title game by torching them for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
The Packers had cornerback LaDarius Gunter shadowing Jones in the game, but he’s no longer on the team after being released this week. Davon House is a potential candidate to spotlight Jones and has two previous match-ups to draw experience from, once in 2014 when Jones had 11 catches for 259 yards and a score, and the year after when Jones had 118 yards and a touchdown.
“I’ll be more comfortable this time around as well because I’ve faced the guy before twice,” House said. “So you know, just continue to stick to my game, take away the things he wants to do and play football.”
Matty Ice: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns the last time Atlanta met Green Bay back in January.