Week 13 Preview: Packers-Falcons

with Packer Report
Posted Dec 8, 2013


We have everything you need for Sunday's game at frigid Lambeau Field, from team stats to notes, plus our prediction.

ATLANTA (3-9) vs. GREEN BAY (5-6-1)

KICKOFF: Sunday, noon

TV: Fox (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick)

LINE: Packers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Atlanta 4-8, Green Bay 4-8

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 15-13

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Falcons 25-14, Oct. 9, 2011

LAST WEEK: Falcons beat Bills 34-31, OT; Packers lost to Lions 40-10

AP PRO32 RANKING: Falcons No. 30, Packers No. 21

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Atlanta has lost two of last three to Packers. ... RB Steven Jackson averaging 126.6 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in last five against Green Bay. ... TE Tony Gonzalez has catch in 207 straight games, second-longest streak in NFL history. ... WR Roddy White has touchdowns in four of last five meetings against Packers, including playoffs. ... DE Osi Umenyiora has three sacks and two forced fumbles in last two games against Packers, counting playoffs, all while with Giants. ... Packers 0-2-1 in last three at Lambeau Field. ... Green Bay has won 12 straight regular-season games at Lambeau played Dec. 1 or later. ... WR Jordy Nelson needs 39 yards receiving to reach 1,000 for season. Nelson needs six receptions to pass career high of 68 in 2011. ... Defense has 14 sacks in last four games, second in NFL in that span. ... Packers allowing 29.4 points per game in last five (0-4-1), nearly one touchdown more than during team's 5-2 start. ... Packers last won Oct. 27, 44-31 over Vikings, QB Aaron Rodgers' last full game before injuring left collarbone following week in 27-20 loss to Bears. ... K Mason Crosby needs five points to set NFL record for most points scored by player in first seven seasons in league (Colts K Mike Vanderjagt, 874, 1998-2004).

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (10-1-1): Matt Ryan against Matt Flynn. Tony Gonzalez against Andrew Quarless. Those are huge mismatches the Packers are going to have to overcome if they are going to beat the Falcons today. Working in Green Bay’s favor: a three-day mini-bye and the weather. It’s supposed to be 13 degrees at kickoff, and the snow should start shortly thereafter. The Falcons’ coldest game this season? Merely 62 degrees at Carolina. That has to be a factor. If the Packers can get the running game going early, will the Falcons have much interest in tackling Eddie Lacy as the game progresses? For more tangible factors, the Falcons rank 29th in turnovers, 32 in third-down offense and 29th in red-zone defense. The Packers should be able to take advantage, and when the Eagles beat the Lions, Green Bay shockingly will be one-half game out of first place in the NFC North.

GREEN BAY (team)NFC NFL
Turnover Margin (-4)12 21T
Points Scored (24.5)8 11
Points Allowed (25.4)12 23
Total Offense (399.5)3 5
Rushing (130.3)6 8
Passing (269.3)5 7
Total Defense (376.4)11 24
vs. Rush (125.9)13 26
vs. Pass (250.5)11 22
Third-Down Offense (38.5%)7 12
Third-Down Defense (38.9%)8 17
Red-Zone Offense (44.2%)16 31
Red-Zone Defense (54.5%)9 16T
GREEN BAY (Individual)NFC NFL
Passing: Rodgers (108.0)3 4
Rushing: Lacy (822)7 9
Receptions: Nelson (63)9 19T
Rec. Yds.: Nelson (961)8 14
Interceptions: Williams/Shields (2)21T 39T
Sacks: Matthews (6.0)18T 36T
ATLANTA (Team)NFC NFL
Turnover Margin (-11)15T 29T
Points Scored (21.8).14 23
Points Allowed (28.3)14 29
Total Offense (354.4)8 13
Rushing (81.1)16 29T
Passing (273.3)3 5
Total Defense (383.2)12 26
vs. Rush (135.4)15 30
vs. Pass (247.8)10 20
Third-Down Offense (42.3%)5 8
Third-Down Defense (46.0%)16 32
Red-Zone Offense (51.3%)11 21
Red-Zone Defense (63.4%)15 29
ATLANTA (Individual)NFC NFL
Passing: Ryan (89.6)10 13
Rushing: Jackson (339)22 50
Receptions: Douglas (66)7T 14T
Rec. Yds.: Douglas (906)10 17
Interceptions: Alford (2)21T 39T
Sacks: Umenyiora (6.5)11T 27T


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