Packers Question of the day - Who to Watch Against the Falcons?

With their first trip to Atlanta since 2011 on tap this Sunday, the Packers will aim to notch another mark in the "win" column and earn their fifth of the season.

A sporadic offense and young, battered defense will do its best to keep up with and at the same time limit the best offense in the league in the Falcons.

Who will you be watching come Sunday?

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NickPerry's picture

October 28, 2016 at 09:12 am

I'll be paying close attention to Adams, Monty, and Davis. McCarthy has got to try and control the clock this week and actually run the ball. I read some comments from dobber and RC on another piece where they mentioned McCarthy sounded excited about Davis. They also mentioned what McCarthy will sometimes do when he's excited about something...He forgets about it or won't stick with it.

I'd like to see the Packers use both Davis and Montgomery out of the backfield, even if Davis is tearing it up. That's the perfect spot for Montgomery in this offense. I'd like to see Adams continue how he's been playing this season. I think he's played pretty well all season, not just last week. Because of last season it seems like anytime Adams drops a pass we treat as though he dropped 5 passes. Adams is actually ranked pretty high this season at his position this season... Check it out..

http://www.acmepackingcompany.com/2016/10/26/13425348/packers-davante-ad...

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dobber's picture

October 28, 2016 at 09:40 am

"McCarthy has got to try and control the clock this week and actually run the ball."

Admittedly, it was the Bears, but the Packers had no problem controlling TOP last week with this passing game. A significant part of that was limited RAC, so these guys are getting tackled in bounds for the most part and the clock is still rolling.

I'll be paying attention to the Packer ILBs because I feel that if the Atlanta RBs (Devonta Freeman) have a big game, Atlanta wins going away. Lock down the RBs in that offense and I think the Packers have a good shot.

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NickPerry's picture

October 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Good point and I agree, but I think McCarthy will try and run more this week. You'd think he'd try and start to get Davis involved a little, especially against the Falcons who aren't the best stopping the run. The Packers become more dangerous if both the short passing game and the combo of Monty/Davis running the ball is effective.

The good thing is the Packers won't have to worry about Coleman, I believe he's out this week. I think they can handle Freeman, I'm worrying more about Sanu. I'd think Ryan and company will be licking their chops when they see #39 lined up across from anyone.

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stockholder's picture

October 28, 2016 at 01:05 pm

I would agree if this was the old west Coast offense. But it isn't. The problem still exsist that A-rod is not A-rod. MM has to call the same game plan that beat the Bears. It's the only thing that will keep A-rod and Adams confidence High. He has to throw short! No if and or butts about it. Wear down that defense! You don't wear down a secondary by running it. Keep the WRs long with the check-offs to Monty and Adams. It will push the secondary to exhaustion. And it should keep the better CB off Adams. With the defense spread. The packers should then be able to control the clock. Let's hope the WRs know where the first down markers are now.

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

October 29, 2016 at 09:08 am

Freeman will be extra-dangerous this week because our safeties will be helping constantly in coverage. If we want to limit Freeman, we'll be doing it with 6 guys in the box--that's a tall order.

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

October 29, 2016 at 09:05 am

Excellent points, but let me add one: With Atlanta likely to focus on Montgomery in the flat, this should open wide the middle of the field.

So if Richard Rodgers was ever going to have a big game, this is it.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 28, 2016 at 09:19 am

For me on offense the Players to watch are:

Montgomery - The x factor of our offense. Can the Packers continue to get him the ball in space?

Backup RBs - They have to step up to give Montgomery breathers.

Bulaga - he has struggled with pure speed rushers. He is going up against a good one in Beasley.

Defense:

Front 6 of defense - Do they control the LOS? If they are in the backfield clogging up the run game as they have, it will go a long ways to stopping Atlanta's offense

Clinton-Dix - No matter who is covering Jones, they need a Safety to help over top. Clinton-Dix is likely the over the top safety.

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Duke Divine's picture

October 28, 2016 at 09:45 am

I'm going to watch the Packers!

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guzzi2000's picture

October 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

I will be watching to see if MM continues to show some willingness to adapt if things are not working or if he falls back to the stubborn MM that refuses to adapt. I will be watching the special teams play, they need to improve in all facets. I don't want to see a miscue on ST that cost the team a win.

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dschwalm's picture

October 28, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Can anybody tell me why the ST is a problem every year? It is getting to the point where they will lose games because of that aspect of the team, like they did in Seattle.

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dschwalm's picture

October 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Can anybody tell me why the ST is a problem every year? It is getting to the point where they will lose games because of that aspect of the team, like they did in Seattle.

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

October 29, 2016 at 09:12 am

I don't know, but one thing's for sure: They can't block. Davis is completely wasted back there, doing nothing but fielding fair catches. Every time the ball reaches him, he's more penned in than The Alamo.

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Handsback's picture

October 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

Monty!

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

October 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

I am watching so they win, but all kidding aside they have to keep the ball moving. The 3 and out will kill them and if they have to play catch up not sure they can do it.

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Tundraboy's picture

October 28, 2016 at 10:51 am

Im working, but I hope that when I check in and watch some of game, it wont be like when I did the same with the Dallas game.

Hoping to see some big plays and from some unexpected players. Most of all some scores by our D!

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Samson's picture

October 28, 2016 at 01:49 pm

I'll be watching to see who scores 30 points first in this game, Atlanta or the Pack.--- (and if it happens in the first half or second).

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dobber's picture

October 28, 2016 at 01:54 pm

I'll add the Packers RT. TJ Lang was a DNP yesterday after practicing on Wednesday. If he doesn't go, it's a big step down to Don Barclay...

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Since'61's picture

October 28, 2016 at 04:44 pm

I'll be watching the Packers OL and front 7 on defense. I think that the Packers should win the LOS in this game. The Packers front 7 is better than Atlanta's OL and the Packers OL is better than Atlanta's DL. Win the LOS and the Packers should win this game. Keep the Atlanta O off the field and harass Ryan consistently with our pash rush. If Ryan has time he will pick our secondary clean. I will also be watching Knile Davis and Jackson to see if they bring anything to our ground game. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

October 29, 2016 at 09:14 am

I think you're under-stating the quality of Atlanta's O-Line...a lot.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 29, 2016 at 11:16 am

Nah, I agree with Since '61. Our OL is better than their DL, and our Front 6 is better than their OL.

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Since'61's picture

October 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

Thanks Reynaldo- Ryan and their WRs our playing better than our QB and WRs for now, but we should be able to win the LOS and hopefully the TOP battle and take this game. Thanks, Since '61

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NitschkeFan's picture

October 28, 2016 at 05:02 pm

I am afraid that the Packers secondary is going to get torched. If the offense was like the offense of old, then I would look for a Packers win by shoot-out, 38-34 sort of score.

But this offense will not be putting up 35 or more points, so I expect to lose this one (and hope I am totally wrong).

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dobber's picture

October 29, 2016 at 09:18 am

We were saying the same thing about the Giants game, too. The difference is that the Packers could stop the Giants running game without having to go to any extra effort and then focus on stopping their WR. I don't think they can do that against the Falcons.

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

October 29, 2016 at 09:15 am

Falcons, 38-20.

I really, really hope I'm wrong.

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