Packers take stock of injuries to key players

If only it might have happened a little sooner.

Since they blew the 25-point lead to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last February, all we've heard about was how they would have problems responding to that loss.

In 1982, a Packers win a few blocks away from Sunday's game site in Atlanta clinched a rare playof berth for Green Bay.

The Packers (1-1) responded with a 75-yard drive of their own, capped by Ty Montgomery's 1-yard TD run.

Attrition took over from there.

Green Bay also opened with a win, beating Seattle 17-9 last week.

The start of the second half did not go smoothly for the Pack either.

Aaron Rodgers had a mediocre day by his standards: 311 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and a 61.1 QBR.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy suggested this week that Burnett may be Green Bay's most important defender. "We got off to a good start with some situational things, but we still left some things out there".

Although the win wasn't devastating and may not send shockwaves through the National Football League, the victory will have been enough to make people stand up and take note of the Packers for this season.

On the opening possession, Ryan guided a nine-play, 86-yard scoring drive.

After defensive end Vic Beasley splattered Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers early in the third quarter, Trufant scooped up the fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown and a 31-7 lead. It looked like they might have shook off the pesky Bears when Matt Ryan scrambled and found Austin Hooper for an 88-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass to put them ahead 20-10. He finished with 84 rushing yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns, along with 2 receptions for 16 yards receiving.

Anyone on the team can make that play for the Falcons. "He's a playmaker and he made some plays". They finally got the big play that they needed, but it was called back when tight end Martellus Bennett was called for pass interference for setting a "pick".

With those two plays, Trufant changed the complexion of the game. The two connected on the longest of those scores, an 80-yard bomb, catch and run that gave Green Bay a 21-7 advantage going into the locker room. In fact, we'd say he was the only Packers cornerback who wasn't an embarrassment.

It was a ideal example of the offense and defense working in unison to put points on the scoreboard.

"I knew that they were backed up and they will take shots", Trufant said. "That's part of the game".

300 AND COUNTING: Rodgers completed 33 of 50 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Yes, this is something awesome to talk about at the office, but what's eve more exciting is that the Falcons are finally overtaking Green Bay in the NFC. "It's early", Adams said. We are not anxious about it. "So we don't look at it as closing the gap". "We have a system with the trainers where they have a yellow card and they walk by me and they just write the number, and it seemed like it went on all night with guys going down, going back up".

Considering the defensive improvement this Falcon's team could be even better than the one we saw a year ago.

  • Salvatore Jensen