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Falcons vs. Packers, Week 14: Why Atlanta will lose on Monday

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Aaron Rodgers tops the list of concerns for the Falcons.

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Already this week we've discussed what Atlanta Falcons player would be the best addition to the Green Bay Packers roster. Now we dive into a headier topic: Why the Falcons will lose on Sunday.

To answer that question, we invited The Falcoholic's David Choate to give his analysis.

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If you're asking me how the Falcons will lose, you're essentially asking me to pick one outcome out of a dizzying array of potential ones. Unfortunately, there are many, many ways the Falcons lose this one.

The simplest is that the defense fails to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' potent offense, putting too much pressure on an offense that finally found life last week against the Cardinals. But the Falcons could also struggle to run the football and become one-dimensional, Eddie Lacy could gash them, or they could keep it close and still fall short.

If this sounds grim, it's not really. I still am bullish on the team's chances of walking out of the NFC South with a division crown, but the Packers are a stiff challenge, particularly in the cozy confines of Lambeau Field. The Falcons will lose this one if Rodgers has his usual stellar day, if they can't clamp down hard on Lacy and the Green Bay defense is able to force a couple of turnovers.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation Newsdesk Contributor and writes for Sports on Earth.