Wide receiver Randall Cobb also had a strong outing, leading all receivers with 85 yards on nine catches. The spread might be more than Packers -3 if this game were to be played in Lambeau Field. That being said, Green Bay's secondary is much healthier now than it was when Atlanta QB Matt Ryan torched it for 392 yards in last season's NFC Championship Game.
But McCarthy didn't want anyone disparaging Gunter's efforts for the Packers. His ability to catch in the backfield creates mismatches and an element to the offense that has developed in a huge way since the last time these two teams met.
Green Bay also opened with a win, beating Seattle 17-9 last week. Jeff [Janis] complained previous year in Detroit when I threw him a fade ball on the sidelines that he just never saw it. Two defensive players were added to the injury report as limited in practice: DT Mike Daniels (hip) and S Kentrell Brice (quadriceps/knee).
Q: How did you learn how to play so many positions in the defensive scheme? We've got another big challenge coming up and that's playing on the road in a hostile environment in Atlanta on prime time TV.
Was it the 38-10 beatdown the Packers put on Seattle back in December?
Ryan, the NFL's reigning MVP, led the league with a 117.1 rating a year ago.
Luckily, the Packers have the resources to soften the blow. Bennett caught three of six targets for 43 yards against Seattle as the Packers moved him around in different formations. Capers used the scheme on 42 of 49 plays against Seattle. (The Seahawks combined for just 90 rushing yards.) So much for "Beast Mode 2.0" Eddie Lacy, who rushed for a pathetic three yards on five attempts against his former team on Sunday. "I'd be foolish not to try to get him the ball". I thought our pursuit and finish as a unit was outstanding and that's what I'm looking for moving forward.
While odds would appear good the Packers and Falcons will be two of those 12, and another Rodgers-Ryan showdown could transpire before the curtain closes on the season, don't get distracted by future possibilities and implications.
Well, it will be the first "outdoor" game for the Falcons since they left Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1991.
Bakhtiari has missed only two starts in his entire career, the final two games in 2015 and it would be a surprise if he's not available. Hugh Douglas warns that behind that offensive line, he's got to be a little more careful. However, in the passing game, Bennett and Montgomery match up very well against the Falcons running backs and safeties.
Daniels has already said he's playing, so no worries there. "But (the doctors) told me in seven days after breaking them, you'll start feeling better and I swear it was seven days to the minute and I instantly felt better". It's important for our players to get out on the field early, make sure their shoes are right, check out the lighting. "We'll see how he is tomorrow, and I'll wait until game day, but he looked really good".
According to prediction aggregation site NFL Pick Watch, only 54 percent of over 100 NFL media members are picking the Falcons to beat the Packers on Sunday night.