NFL Week 5: Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons Sun. Oct. 9, 2011 8:20 p.m. EST

Throughout the first four weeks of the NFL regular season, the league has been dominated by offense with teams lighting up the scoreboards at a record-setting pace. With defense taking a backseat to potent offenses, teams around the league have had to adjust and one team that hasn’t missed a hitch has been the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

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Last season the Green Bay Packers were a very good football team because they had a high-scoring offense led by reigning Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a lockdown defense with up-and-comer Clay Matthews leading the way. This season the defense in Green Bay has taken a backseat to the Packers seemingly unstoppable offense, but so far that hasn’t posed much of a problem with Mike McCarthy’s squad being just one of two (Detroit Lions being the other) undefeated teams left in the NFL this season.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons

In Week 5, the Green Bay Packers will put their undefeated record on the line against quite possibly one of their toughest opponents yet in the Atlanta Falcons. Even though the Falcons haven’t really lived up to expectations this season with a disappointing 2-2 record thus far and a third place standing in the NFC South division, Matt Ryan and company are still a very talented football team on both sides of the ball and should give the Packers are run for their money this weekend at the Georgia Dome.

Last week the Atlanta Falcons were able to bounce back from their loss to the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16-13) in Week 3 with a win over the Seattle Seahawks, 30-28. Despite getting back on track with their second win of the season, the Falcons were by no means impressive in the win over the Seahawks. Not only did Atlanta barely survive to come out on top against Seattle, but this Falcons squad looks like they might have some problems to fix on both sides of the football in order to compete with the best of the best once again this season.

The only advantage the Atlanta Falcons coming into Week 5 against the defending Super Bowl champions is that they will be playing at home at the George Dome. Even though the Falcons have struggled on the road this season with a 1-2 record thus far, Atlanta is one of the best teams in the league when playing on their home field, especially with Matt Ryan under center.

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As of right now, the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have been given the edge in this matchup with a -6 point spread. The Atlanta Falcons may still be a playoff contender and might be able to bounce back in the NFC South division to win their second straight division title, Matt Ryan and company won’t be able to compete with a Packers team that is firing on all cylinders right now.

Take the Packers at -6.

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