Packers vs Falcons Preview & Free Pick [10/30/2016]

Green Bay (4-2) at Atlanta (4-3)
When: Sunday, October 30th 2016
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: FOX

The Green Bay Packers look to build off their Sunday night win over the Bears when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Aaron Rodgers put together his best game of the season in the victory of their NFC North rivals by passing for 326 yards and completing a franchise-record 39 passes. Davante Adams (career-high 13 catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns), Randall Cobb (11 for 95 yards and a score) and Ty Montgomery (10 for 66 yards receiving, 60 yards rushing) all had double-digit grabs in the 26-10 win. Cobb is questionable for Sunday with a hamstring injury which could give more looks to the struggling Jordy Nelson who had 10 receptions for 146 yards the last time he played the Falcons. Green Bay’s defense has made up for the lack of offensive production ranking 7th overall and first against the run (71.8). Atlanta has the top-ranked offense in the league, so today’s game will be a real test. The Packers play four of their next five games on the road including two primetime games before and after Thanksgiving.

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Atlanta will try and snap a two-game losing streak before they hit the road for the next two weeks. Atlanta is coming off a 33-30 home loss to San Diego after failing on a fourth-and-one inside their own territory in overtime. The Chargers came down to kick the winning field goal minutes later. Atlanta leads the NFL in both total offense (433.6 yards per game) and scoring (32.7 points) with Matt Ryan (league-best 2,348 passing yards) and Julio Jones (NFL-high 830 receiving yards) leading the way. Jones hauled in 174 receiving yards last week and had 11 receptions for 259 yards and a score in a 43-37 loss to the Packers on December 8th, 2014. Devonta Freeman (team-leading 508 yards rushing) has recorded at least 100 yards from scrimmage in three of his last five games and likely will have the backfield to himself with second-year back Tevin Coleman nursing an ailing hamstring. Atlanta has the second-worst defense against the pass this season allowing 294.3 yards a game through the air.


Green Bay is coming off a Sunday night win over a bitter rival while the Falcons have lost two straight and are eager to get back into the win column. Atlanta has scored 23 or more points in every game this season I expect them to get 30+ here today and outscore the Packers for the victory.

Pick: Falcons -3