Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons prediction, odds

Published 6:27 pm Friday, January 20, 2017

By Barry Wilner/Associated Press

Green Bay (plus 5.5) at Atlanta

As we marvel at the talents of Rodgers, not to mention his prognosticating, and enjoy how much excitement he brings to the field, there’s one thing we can’t ignore. The Packers are too undermanned in the secondary.

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Dak Prescott tore up Green Bay’s struggling and tiring D in the second half last Sunday. Cowboys receivers were so open that Jerry Jones probably could have completed some passes.

That’s a recipe for failure against Ryan and all the weapons he has. Julio Jones could be a bit hobbled, which would even things up a bit. And if Rodgers gets back a somewhat effective Jordy Nelson from his rib injury …

Sorry, Cheeseheads, can’t persuade ourselves to believe. Pro Picks thinks this comes down to one unit being too banged-up and deficient.

Prediction: FALCONS, 35-31

Game time Sunday: 2:05 p.m. central

Odds: Atlanta -5.5; over/under 61