GREEN BAY (1-0) at ATLANTA (1-0)
TIME: 5:30 p.m. LINE: Falcons by 2
THE MATCHUP: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers overcame a scoreless first half to rally the troops, though 17 points likely won’t get it done against the Falcons in what promises to be a high-scoring affair. The Packers will try to avenge a lopsided 44-21 loss to Atlanta in last year’s NFC Championship Game, in which they trailed 24-0 at halftime. ... Atlanta didn’t look like the defending NFC champs against the Bears.
Matt Ryan and the offense didn’t appear to be in sync, and their defense needs to play at a higher level. They’ll need to get more pressure on Rodgers from Grady Jarrett, Dontari Poe and top pick Takkarist McKinley.