Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are sitting at 3-0 with their Week 4 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons coming up on Monday Night Football. After knocking off the New Orleans Saints last week, the Packers are once again being viewed as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. This week, the Packers will try to avoid falling into a trap game.
While the Falcons are 0-3 coming into this game, they are much better than their record indicates. They have suffered two huge collapses over the past two weeks. Losing to the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears never should have happened.
Last week against the Saints, Rodgers put together another MVP-caliber performance. He ended up completing 21 of his 32 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns, and no touchdowns. Aaron Jones had another solid game with 16 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Allen Lazard looked like a star with Davante Adams out and caught six passes for 146 yards and a score.
Atlanta will pose some challenges for the Packers on the defensive side of the ball. Matt Ryan is still a star quarterback and Todd Gurley could be a threat as well. Julio Jones looks like he should be back on the field for the Falcons this week.
Looking ahead to this week’s matchup, here are four bold predictions for the Packers as they take on the Falcons in Week 4.
4. Green Bay’s Defense Records Three Interceptions
Over the first three weeks of the season, the Packers have had a bend but don’t break style of defense. They have given up big plays and have given up quite a few points. However, they have not allowed another team to outscore their offense.
Going up against a high-profile offense this week will be another good test for the Packers. While the Falcons have a lot of talent, the Packers are going to step up and put together their first dominant defensive performance of the season.
Mike Pettine will look to send pressure at Ryan all game long, which will result in some bad throws. The Green Bay defense will take advantage of those mistakes with three interceptions. A strong defensive performance will put the Packers in a very good place.
3. Aaron Jones Has Another Monstrous Game
Back in Week 2 against the Lions, Jones put together the best game of his NFL career. He carried the ball 18 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns in that game and also caught four passes for 68 yards and another touchdown. Jones has become an elite NFL running back and that will not be changing anytime soon.
This week against a very weak Falcons’ defense, Jones will have another monstrous game.
Jones will end up rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown. He will also catch five passes for 50 yards and another score. The Packers are going to look to get him going again this week and they will love the return they get.
2. Another MVP-Like Performance From Aaron Rodgers
One of the biggest storylines from the first three weeks of the NFL season has been the play of Aaron Rodgers. After an offseason full of criticism from the media and the Packers deciding to trade up the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft for quarterback Jordan Love, Rodgers has come out with a chip on his shoulder and has silenced his critics.
So far this season in three games, Rodgers has completed 67 percent of his pass attempts for 887 yards, nine touchdowns, and no interceptions. Those numbers have forced Rodgers into the early season MVP conversation.
As long as Rodgers plays at this level, the Packers are going to be a contender. Whether or not they can beat teams like the Kansas City Chiefs is the big question. Either way, Rodgers will throw for 320 more yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions this week against the Falcons’ depleted secondary.
1. Green Bay Dominates The Falcons For A 4-0 Record
Finally, and most importantly, the Packers are going to keep their record perfect this week. While the Falcons are going to put up some points, they are not going to come close to winning this game. Green Bay is a far superior football team and that will show on the field.
Aaron Rodgers will dominate the Falcons’ secondary, Aaron Jones will have a big game, and the defense will force three turnovers. That is a recipe for major success for the Packers.
We are predicting that the final score of this game will end up being 41-24 in favor of the Packers. Green Bay will head into their bye week feeling pretty good about the first four weeks of the season.