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Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers Pick & Prediction OCT 5TH 2020

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Dan Quinn is sitting squarely on the hot seat and the Atlanta coach may need an upset victory to retain his job when the Falcons visit the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.

 

Quinn's job status took a downward plunge following the Falcons going from a pair of probable wins to painful losses. With back-to-back double-digit fourth-quarter leads blown the past two weeks, the Falcons (0-3) are huge underdogs as they take on the unbeaten Packers (3-0) at Lambeau Field.

 

Not surprisingly, questions pertaining to unemployment isn't a topic to Quinn's liking.

 

"Any time I take away from that, it takes away from the team and the focus for Monday night," Quinn said. "So, it doesn't do any value to discuss it much further than that."

 

Back-to-back collapses aren't going to be ignored by fans of the club. Owner Arthur Blank certainly isn't too thrilled over a winless start that follows back-to-back losing campaigns.

 

Atlanta lost its season opener to the Seattle Seahawks 38-25. But the Falcons appeared to be solidly rebounding with a 15-point fourth-quarter lead over Dallas. But the Cowboys rallied for 16 unanswered points over the final 4:57 for a 40-39 victory.

 

Last week, the Falcons built a 16-point fourth quarter lead against Chicago before things again went awry. The Bears erupted for 20 straight points over the final 6:20 to notch a 30-26 win.

 

Neither of those two forgettable outcomes rate as the most embarrassing result during Quinn's six-season tenure.

 

He superbly guided Atlanta to the Super Bowl following the 2016 season -- routing the Packers 44-21 in the NFC title game -- and his team was whipping the New England Patriots 28-3 late in the third quarter. Instead of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy a short time later, the Falcons were part of a meltdown for the ages as they allowed 31 unanswered points and lost 34-28 in overtime.

 

The pattern of bitter defeats is adding up but quarterback Matt Ryan continues to insist Quinn is the right man for the job.

 

"We've got his back," Ryan said. "We've got to play better as players. That's what you have to focus on. When things aren't going well, it's easy to look around and see what everybody else is doing or where everybody else is screwing up. The only way we're going to improve as a unit is if we all kind of look in the mirror and find ways to improve individually."

 

Ryan has passed for 961 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team average 30 points per game. But the defense isn't holding up its bargain as it ranks last in the NFL in scoring defense (36.0) and 31st in total defense (463.3).

 

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers are likely salivating over seeing the Falcons on the slate. Green Bay leads the league in scoring (40.7) and ranks second in total offense (459.7).

 

Rodgers has been superb with 887 yards and nine touchdowns and also hasn't thrown an interception. And he has torched the Atlanta defense numerous times in his career as he has passed for 2,165 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions in seven regular-season meetings.

 

Rodgers' relationship with coach Matt LaFleur has improved. It was clear last season that the partnership was bumpy but it has been smooth sailing so far this season.

 

"I think Matt has really settled into the rhythm of the play-calling," said Rodgers, "and it's made my job a lot easier."

 

The Green Bay defense hasn't always been so stout and is allowing 28.3 points per game. The Packers allowed 30 or more points in two of their wins.

 

LaFleur feels it is basic issues that is plaguing the unit as he said he counted 13 missed tackles in last week's 37-30 win over the New Orleans Saints.

 

"There were a couple others where they don't get credited for missed tackles but we had some guys that took some bad angles that weren't in position to make a tackle," LaFleur said. "So there were definitely some concerns there, no doubt about it."

 

Green Bay will be without linebacker Christian Kirksey (groin) on Monday. Allen Lazard (team-best 254 receiving yards) sat out Thursday's practice with a core-muscle injury while fellow wideout Davante Adams (hamstring) was a limited practice participant and is hopeful of returning after a one-game absence.

 

The Falcons placed cornerback Darqueze Dennard (hamstring) on injured reserve. The status of defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (hip) is of major concern, while safety Keanu Neal (hamstring) and receiver Calvin Ridley (ankle) were among the others who missed practice.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers

Player Position Lineup
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damontae Kazee primary: Safety Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Starter
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Halfback Starter
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Starter
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jamal Carter primary: Safety Substitution
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Substitution
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Jordan Miller primary: Cornerback Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Delrick Abrams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Elliott Fry primary: Kicker Substitution
Ricardo Allen primary: Safety Not active
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Not active
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Not active
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Not active
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Justin McCray primary: Guard Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Jaire Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
Adrian Amos primary: Safety Starter
David Bakhtiari primary: Left Tackle Starter
Elgton Jenkins primary: Left Guard Starter
Aaron Jones primary: Runningback Starter
Kingsley Keke primary: Defensive End Starter
Kevin King primary: Cornerback Starter
Tyler Lancaster primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Corey Linsley primary: Center Starter
Dean Lowry primary: Defensive End Starter
Lucas Patrick primary: Right Guard Starter
Aaron Rodgers primary: Quarterback Starter
Darnell Savage primary: Safety Starter
Preston Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Za'Darius Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Ty Summers primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Robert Tonyan primary: Tight End Starter
Billy Turner primary: Right Tackle Starter
Marquez Valdes-Scantling primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jamaal Williams primary: Runningback Starter
Malik Taylor primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Krys Barnes primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Montravius Adams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Tim Boyle primary: Quarterback Substitution
Hunter Bradley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Oren Burks primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mason Crosby primary: Kicker Substitution
Raven Greene primary: Safety Substitution
Ka'dar Hollman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Jackson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Yosh Nijman primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
JK Scott primary: Punter Substitution
Jace Sternberger primary: Tight End Substitution
Chandon Sullivan primary: Cornerback Substitution
Darrius Shepherd primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Randy Ramsey primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rick Wagner primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Reggie Begelton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Will Redmond primary: Safety Substitution
Tyler Ervin primary: Runningback Substitution
AJ Dillon primary: Runningback Substitution
Josiah Deguara primary: Tight End Substitution
Jon Runyan primary: Offensive Guard Substitution
Vernon Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Jonathan Garvin primary: Linebacker Substitution
John Lovett primary: Tight End Substitution
De'Jon Harris primary: Linebacker Substitution
Billy Winn primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Davante Adams primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Kenny Clark primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Rashan Gary primary: Linebacker Not active
Marcedes Lewis primary: Tight End Not active
Jordan Love primary: Quarterback Not active
Parry Nickerson primary: Cornerback Not active

Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Aaron Jones
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
    • Pass Receiver: Robert Tonyan
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
    • Pass Receiver: Robert Tonyan
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Elliott Fry
  • Period 3
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 21 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
    • Pass Receiver: Robert Tonyan
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
    • Conv Kicker: Elliott Fry
  • Period 4
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
    • Conv Kicker: Elliott Fry
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 26
  • L.A. Rams W 18 - 32
  • @Chicago W 35 - 16
  • Tennessee W 14 - 40
  • Carolina W 16 - 24
  • @Detroit W 31 - 24
  • Philadelphia W 16 - 30
  • Chicago W 25 - 41
  • @Indianapolis L 31 - 34
  • Jacksonville W 20 - 24

Last Meetings

  • Falcons @ Packers 16-30
  • Falcons @ Packers 20-34
  • Packers @ Falcons 23-34
  • Packers @ Falcons 21-44
  • Packers @ Falcons 32-33
  • Falcons @ Packers 37-43
  • Falcons @ Packers 21-22
  • Packers @ Falcons 25-14
  • Packers @ Falcons 48-21
  • Packers @ Falcons 17-20

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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