Dave Schroeder's "Fast 5 Pack Facts": Packers at Falcons

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When the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, it will be both an early indicator of the NFC's balance of power as well as the third meeting between the teams in less than 11 months. But Chicago fought back and, facing a 23-17 deficit, drove down to the Falcon five-yard line in the last minute.

Based on the big win against Seattle, the Green Bay Packers draft choices from 2015 to now have been pretty solid.

The Green Bay Packers take on the Atlanta Falcons in their second game of the 2017 season on Sunday night. He is two away from that mark heading in to Sunday.

What to Watch ForJulio Jones celebrates a first down catch against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship. With Ryan throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and posting the fourth-best passer rating in National Football League history, the Falcons piled up 540 points last season - tied for the eighth-most of all-time. QB Aaron Rodgers averages 325.6 yards passing, with 19 TDs, seven interceptions, in seven career games against Falcons, including playoffs. Coach Mike McCarthy has complimented Brice's improvement as well as his confidence and communication.

Running back Ty Montgomery had 93 total yards and a touchdown while wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson combined for 16 receptions and a score last week. I would guess that they'll both suit up but how will Green Bay's offense be affected if these two players are not at 100%? But if he goes off like he did in the NFC title game, it's hard to see the Packers winning without an extraordinary performance from Rodgers. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. And never was that weakness exposed more than in the NFC title game against the Falcons.

We aren't sure yet if Bulaga will start the game against the Falcons. Bulaga was out last week and Kyle Murphy filled in nicely for him, but if both Bulaga and Bakhtiari are out, the Packers will be in huge trouble along the offensive line and will need to make significant adjustments in their blocking schemes to be successful.

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One thing that came out of the NFC title game past year was Green Bay's commitment to overhauling its defense. Factor in a pair of drops and Ryan was accurate on 88.5 per cent of his passes when he was kept clean in the pocket. The Packers broadcast also will be available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ) as part of the network's NFL Sunday Drive. Have thoughts on how the Falcons and Packers are performing?

Russell Wilson fumbles the football after being tackled by Mike Daniels.

As of now, the status of Green Bay's starting tackles is up in the air.

That proved to be the difference between the teams and was enough to get the Texans season kick-started with their first victory.

In that championship game, Atlanta raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead in route to a 44-24 win. Again, this wasn't exactly a win that will make opposition teams shudder, but a win is a win, especially on the opening game of the season, and at 1-0 the Falcons will be hoping to build on that victory and turn some more heads by taking down a strong Green Bay Packers team here today.

LOOK TO THE SKIES: The Falcons are set to play their first open-air home game since 1991, their final season at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium.