The Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) will try to resurrect their season on Sunday as the Atlanta Falcons (3-9) travel to Lambeau Field in a must win game for the Packers. The game was flexed out of the Sunday night game, and is now scheduled to kickoff at noon CT with coverage on FOX. The Packers have not won in five games since Aaron Rodgers went down with his broken collarbone and now need some help if they want to make the playoffs. It’s as simple as this for the Packers: Win the last four games, hope the Detroit Lions lose two of their final four games, and the NFC North division title is theirs.
First things first, they need to beat the Falcons on Sunday. The Falcons, like the Packers, were among the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. But, after suffering many injuries including a season ending injury to star wide receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons are now playing for pride and possibly a top five draft pick. However, the Falcons did show a little bit of life with a comeback win against the Buffalo Bills in overtime last week. They may be down, but this Falcons team is still a dangerous team. Matt Ryan is a really good quarterback and has Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez as weapons to throw the ball to. The defense can’t take the day off on Sunday. If they do, the Packers could be in trouble.
Previously, Aaron Rodgers had said that he needed to practice at least twice during the week in order for him to play. Rodgers did practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but once again was ruled out for Sunday’s game. Since Rodgers can’t go, Matt Flynn is more than likely going to start for the second week in a row. Last week against the Lions could not have gone worse for Flynn. He was sacked seven times, threw one interceptions, and fumbled the ball twice. Flynn was under pressure the whole game and never was able to get in a groove. With a full week of practice under his belt with the first team offense, Flynn should be able to produce more than he did against the Lions.
If the Packers don’t leave Lambeau with a victory on Sunday, they can kiss their playoff hopes good bye and start planning for 2014. The players need to show that they can win without Aaron Rodgers. All hope is not lost, just look and the Jacksonville Jaguars. After starting 0-8, the Jags have won four of their last five games and are starting to become an interesting team to watch. Sunday is a do or die game. The Packers have to want it more than the Falcons. If they don’t, they will be watching the playoffs from their couches.