|Roddy White hopes to do some dancing |
this weekend but must beat CB's
Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson
RB Jason Snelling - Michael Turner had a great year, but a lot of credit is due to his back-up Jason Snelling. Snelling has been huge out of the backfield this year. I expect Snelling to have a big game receiving. If Matt Ryan can go through his progressions effectively, Snelling will catch a lot of checkdown passes as the Packers have very strong corners.
K Matt Bryant - This game will very likely come down to a field goal. If the Falcons' have the ball last they know they have a good guy to go to in kicker Matt Bryant (he has kicked a couple of game winners this season).
Falcons' Offensive Line and RB's vs. Clay Mathews - Yes, this looks odd pairing 6-7 people against one, but that is exactly the kind of attention that Mathews demands. According to NFL.com, the Falcons' offensive line ranks fourth at protecting the passer. However, the Packers have recorded the second highest sack total, and LT Sam Baker has allowed the second most sacks in the NFL.
Why the Falcons will win - Balance. The Falcons can run and pass the ball, which they need to do to slow down the Packers' pass-rush. The Packers have had no balance all year (until last week), so if the Falcons can keep the Packers one-dimensional they will win this game.
Prediction - Falcons 27, Packers 24