Key Battles, Week 2 Edition: Green Bay at Atlanta

Key Battles, Week 2 Edition: Green Bay at Atlanta

For the majority of a year ago, the Packers could not hold onto a starting cornerback due to injury. As long as Rodgers is with the Packers, they're going to be favored to compete for the conference championship. Jake Matthews, Andy Levitre, Alex Mack, Wes Schweitzer, and Ryan Schraeder is a completely different challenge for the Packers, who will have to get consistent pressure on Matt Ryan to have a chance. You've got to have your breath and be in good shape to be running around that much. Mercedes-Benz Stadium officially hosts it's first ever National Football League game in what should be one of the regular season's most exciting matchups. So thin were the Packers at the end of last season that Gunter, an undrafted rookie at the time, was their No. 1 cornerback in all three playoff games.

Ty Montgomery pounded out some tough yards in the second half to help wear down the Seahawks, a promising debut in his first full season exclusively as a running back.

Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers had tried everything to stop Falcons two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones. Not any more. McCarthy showed his commitment to speed by cutting Gunter, who played more than 800 snaps last season, and keeping several less experienced but faster players at the position. With the Packers' potent offense coming to town, the Falcons' tackling will need to be surer on Sunday night. If Daniels plays as well as he did last week, the Packers defense should continue to impress. Every now and then, they kind of mixed it up, so they'll probably do the same thing this year, but we don't know. Green Bay drafted Kevin King and signed Davon House in the offseason to add depth at cornerback. Randall underwent groin surgery last October that cost him five games, and later battled through shoulder and foot injuries.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was just 14 of 27 passing for 158 yards as Seattle managed just three field goals in the contest. "I got to see the whole process and everything, but I haven't seen the inside of it". I thought our pursuit and finish as a unit was outstanding and that's what I'm looking for moving forward.

"I didn't lie to you guys after the game". However, the fact that he did average almost six yards a carry on his few touches does look good.

Bennett is an extremely versatile tight end, and has no problem making plays after the catch. Julio Jones also had a quiet outing, catching just four passes for 66 yards and after burning Green Bay in last season's NFC Championship, the superstar wideout is licking his lips at Sunday night's matchup.

Sherman has never missed a game since he began with the Seahawks in 2011, a streak of 97 games, including 91 starts. Hugh Douglas warns that behind that offensive line, he's got to be a little more careful.

In the victory over Seattle, Daniels and Perry were a constant presence in the Seahawks backfield, with Daniels changing the course of the game with a third quarter strip-sack.

Daniels has already said he's playing, so no worries there.

"You always want to go out before warm-ups and catch some balls in warm-up and check out the lights, the atmosphere, how it's going to look", Nelson said.

If he can't go, Kyle Murphy will make his second straight and second career start at right tackle.

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