Aaron Rodgers won, but the Falcons won’t let him do it again
Aaron Rodgers emerged from Sunday’s battle with the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium victorious, but just barely. The Packers won 34-31 on a last-second field goal off Mason Crosby’s foot (that nearly missed, by the way) and the Packers lost two key players in Davante Adams and Morgan Burnett for the game and potentially longer. So while the Packers did win, it came at a great cost and it certainly wasn’t done in any convincing fashion.
Quickly, the Cowboys did very well and it would have been cool to see them win, but I’m a New York Giants fan so I’m contractually obligated to hate them. They had a phenomenal season that captured everyone’s attention in the form of two rookies who started off their careers already looking like dominant veterans. In fact, people are so bummed that the Cowboys were eliminated that Super Bowl ticket prices have reportedly plummeted overnight!
Back to the Packers, they’ll have a tall task in overcoming next week’s opponents, who happen to be the Atlanta Falcons, a team who’s offense will come to be remembered as one of the great offenses of recent memory. Simply put, I don’t think that the Packers will be able to deal with the Falcons’ first-rate offense.
Let’s compare the Falcons with the Cowboys that the Packers struggled so mightily against: First, there’s quarterbacks. Matt Ryan, the Falcons quarterback, is far and away better than Dak Prescott. He’s simply more accurate and disciplined. The Falcons feature far and away the league’s best 1-2 punch at the running back position with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. They basically equal Ezekiel Elliott, but they might actually be better because the Packers’ defense won’t really be able to lock down one running styles because Freeman and Coleman are fairly different. Finally, Julio Jones and the Falcons’ wide receiver corps are much better than Dez Bryant and the Cowboys’ wide receiver corps. Simply put, Julio Jones is the most talented receiver with his size and physicality that the league has seen in years. And seeing as Packers cornerback Chris Gunter had a myriad of problems with Bryant, Jones might just make him look straight up foolish.
In closing, for all their strengths on the offensive side of the ball, the Packers won’t be able to keep pace with the high-powered Falcons offense and the Falcons will march on to the Super Bowl.