Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons: No revenge for Rodgers and the Packers

Matt Ryan is ready to lead his Falcons to an important victory against the Packers
Matt Ryan is ready to lead his Falcons to an important victory against the Packers

A repeat of the 2017 NFC Championship Game awaits us on Sunday Night Football and Neil Monnery is here with his preview of the big Week 2 clash...

"The running game did next to nothing with Freeman and Coleman splitting 20 carries for 53 yards. That isn't getting it done and puts too much pressure of the QB."

Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Start-time: Monday 18 September, 01:30 BST
TV: Live on Sky Sports Action & Main Event


For the Falcons...


The defending NFC Champs open up their brand new stadium with a prime time rematch of their conference championship game with the Packers.

On that day, Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 29/38 for 392 yards and four touchdowns. It was part of a hot streak that should've led to a Super Bowl victory until they choked it away.

They won in Chicago on opening day thanks to a defensive stand in the dying seconds. They should have lost however and certainly did not show what would've been expected. Ryan threw for over 321 yards but only found key WR target Julio Jones four times. They need to connect more on Sunday night.

The running game did next to nothing with Freeman and Coleman splitting 20 carries for 53 yards. That isn't getting it done and puts too much pressure of the QB.

Coming back home though, all the reports coming out are that the new stadium is a fast track. This should help both the running game and Julio Jones out in space.


For the Packers...


The Packers had one of the most impressive results of Week 1 as they shutdown the Seattle Seahawks, giving up just three field goals in a 17-9 victory.

Going up against such a stout defense, Rodgers threw one TD pass along with an early pick. He put up 311 yards of offense through the air, which is pretty good going considering he was doing with with zero running game.

What I said earlier about the Falcons on the ground can be repeated to an even starker degree about the Packers. Converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery is not going to get in done so teams will be able to key in on the passing game.

One of the most exciting things about Sunday's win as the return of Randall Cobb as a key man. He took in nine catches for 85 yards. If he can continue to get in space and make big plays then that should leave Jordy Nelson more open as the number one receiver.


The Picks...


When it comes to the picks, I am using that fact it is the first NFL game in Atlanta's new stadium as the final straw towards me backing the Falcons with a three-point handicap on the spread at 2.021/1 on the Exchange.

I have never trusted Matty Ice but that atmosphere should be spectacular and that will make it difficult for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

The over/under line has been set at 55.5 on the Exchange and initially I thought that was too high. Yet if we are expecting an offensive shootout (that I think most of us are) then that equates to 14 points a quarter. I'll lean over.

On the side markets, you can get Randall Cobb at 11/2 to score the first Packers touchdown in the 1st Team Touchdown Scorer market on the Sportsbook. That seems tempting.


Recommended Bets
3pt Back Atlanta-3 to win on the Handicap market at 2.021/1 on the Exchange
1pt Back over 55.5pts at 1.9720/21 on the Exchange
1pt Back Randall Cobb to score the first Packers TD at 11/2 on the Sportsbook

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