Going by last season, the Green Bay Packers were expected to be among the top teams in the league this year, while the Atlanta Falcons should have been among the worst. That can still play out over the next several weeks of play, of course, but through seven weeks of the season, the Packers have barely fared better, sitting at 4-2 while Atlanta holds a 4-3 record.
How to Watch Packers vs. Falcons on Sunday
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Live Stream: Watch NFL HD Stream Here
On Sunday, Atlanta will try and halt a losing skid when they host the Packers, who broke a skid of their own in their last outing. The game will be broadcast on FOX, with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET and a live stream online available via FOX Sports GO.
The Falcons bested both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in back-to-back games, beating both of last season’s Super Bowl teams. But since then, they have suffered two very tough losses. The first was a narrow two-point loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The most recent was a hard-to-swallow overtime defeat at the hands of the San Diego Chargers, a team just about everyone expected would lose the game.
While the Falcons missed many opportunities to put the game away before overtime, the blame for the loss can be placed on head coach Dan Quinn. That’s because Quinn decided to go for it on fourth down on Atlanta’s side of the field in overtime. The Chargers barely needed to move the ball after that failed attempt, kicked a field goal, and won the game.
Atlanta is the favorite in the NFC South due to the Panthers collapsing, the New Orleans Saints completely lacking a defense and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still being a little too young and raw to really consistently win games. But then again, the Buccaneers aren’t that far back and even the one-win Panthers aren’t technically out of it.
The Falcons need to halt their losing streak sooner rather than later, and they need to do it against a Packers team that has surprisingly struggled on the offensive side of the ball.
Green Bay has only lost two games this season, but Aaron Rodgers was actually the source of their struggles over the first few weeks of the season. Rodgers hasn’t thrown for nearly as many yards as usual, averaging just 239.3 yards per game, which is definitely low for him. But he did get things back on track in the team’s last game, and as it turns out all he needed was to beat down the rival Chicago Bears to do so.
After throwing three touchdowns against three interceptions in his previous two games, Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions while completing 69.6 percent of his passes against the Bears.
Rodgers and Matt Ryan are two of the best quarterbacks in the game, and like many Green Bay and Atlanta games this year, this one could easily be a high-level quarterback duel culminating in a shootout.