Could the Atlanta Falcons, a team that got a much-needed win last week against Buffalo, be in line to face Aaron Rodgers in his first game back from injury?
If it means Rodgers is ready to light the world on fire again from behind center, then it means good news for the green and gold.
If he is rusty upon his return, could it mean another win for the red and black?
Rodgers told ESPN's Bob Holtzman before Thursday's game that he hopes to play on Dec. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers told Holtzman that he is not completely certain that his fractured collarbone, which has not been X-rayed recently, is completely healed.
The former league MVP said he is concerned about his strength and flexibility -- and he thinks he will regain them in time to return against the Falcons,” an ESPN.com story explained.
Green Bay has now gone 0-5-1 in its last five games, using three different quarterbacks to replace Rodgers. Not a good sign for the team, and a statement about how important Rodgers is to the success of this franchise.
According to atlantafalcons.com, head coach Mike Smith has been preaching to his players that the season isn’t over and pride is still at stake.
“The Falcons may be eliminated from postseason consideration this year, but head coach Mike Smith said after the win over Buffalo that the team is looking to put together a solid effort in the remaining games on the schedule.”
Here are three bold predictions for this weekend’s game…
He who runs the best wins the game
The game may have two of the better arms throwing balls all over the field (should Rodgers play), but I think the running game will tell the story here. The Packers have Eddie Lacy, a bull of a back and the best to come out of Alabama in years. This includes Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. The Falcons counter with Steven Jackson. Both could have huge games on Sunday and take the pressure off the quarterbacks.
Roddy White shows off
Roddy White appeared to be the Roddy White of old last week against the Bills. White, who has been injured most of the season, had 10 receptions and 143 yards on the day. The Falcons need more of that kind of production from him if they are going to try to salvage their season. Look for Harry Douglas to also be used across the middle and underneath in the passing game this week.
Rodgers falters in first game back
If he is cleared to play this week, Aaron Rodgers will not be the same he was at the beginning of the year. Look for Atlanta to continue to pressure him all day long. Rodgers will put points on the board and find his primary receivers against the Falcons' secondary, but he will have issues with his throwing motion. Even if the injury was to his collar bone on this non-throwing shoulder, it will still hamper him.