Packers Montgomery looking forward to Falcons game


The game is in NBC's primetime slot for Sunday Night Football, starting at 8:30 PM (ET). I remember [Randall Cobb] a year ago in the Giants playoff game [at Lambeau Field] said that the third touchdown he didn't see it until it was in his hands.

Julio Jones exploded for 9 catches, 180 yards and two touchdowns during last season's NFC Championship win over the Packers.

November 24, 2013, at Lambeau Field - Peterson carried 32 times for 146 yards and a score, but Packers backup QB Matt Flynn relieved Scott Tolzien and rallied Green Bay to a 26-26 overtime tie. However, notwithstanding disruptive DT Mike Daniels, Green Bay doesn't appear to be as deep in the front seven at Chicago. More tellingly, he's still taking steps toward that end less than a week away from the Packers-Falcons rematch, which will take place Sunday night at brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Rodgers did not slide and Wright tackled him. The associated moneylines in the game are Atlanta -155 and Green Bay +135.

The Packers fought hard but lost to the Vikings as they christened U.S. Bank stadium last September, they'll have a very aroused crowd and a talented Falcons team to contend with in the first regular season game in this building's history.

Meanwhile, this is clearly the kind of game Montgomery was built for.

And that's exactly what Montgomery helped the Packers do against Seattle. That's what he has averaged against the Packers during his National Football League career.

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He ran for 54 yards on 19 carries in the season-opening win against Seattle, including 38 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in the second half. Matt Ryan and the offense fire on all cylinders as well and have beaten the Packers twice in the a year ago. The secondary has been completely overhauled with the return to health of cornerbacks Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall, plus the additions of cornerbacks Davon House as a free agent and rookie second-round pick Kevin King.

September 23, 2007, at Lambeau Field - Tomlinson accumulated 95 yards from scrimmage (62 rushing, 33 receiving) with a touchdown in Green Bay's 31-24 win.

Montgomery also caught four passes for 39 yards. Moving the chains is rarely easy against those guys, even when your quarterback is Aaron Rodgers. The spread might be more than Packers -3 if this game were to be played in Lambeau Field. He has averaged 325.6 yards passing. Factor in a pair of drops and Ryan was accurate on 88.5 per cent of his passes when he was kept clean in the pocket. That will again leave the pass rush up to Nick Perry, Clay Matthews and Kyler Fackrell.

Rodgers was sacked four times in the victory over Seattle. A similar performance this week could go a long way towards disrupting the Falcons offence.

Bennett is a weapon in the middle of the field with the size and hands to do damage against the Falcons middle-of-the-field defenders, who are fast but smallish.

Assuming the weather is good - and the forecast called for evening temperatures in the 60s and only a slight chance of rain - the retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open for the first time during a game. That won't happen against Atlanta but Green Bay's offence is talented enough that they could win this game if their defence at least slows the Falcons down. The matchup with the Packers is always unique because of how good their offense is year in and year out.