The Green Bay Packers take their first steps in the post-Mike McCarthy era this week, and they set up for a winnable game at home against another struggling team this Sunday afternoon.
The Atlanta Falcons come into town mired in a slump, losing each of their last four games to fall to 4-8. That streak came after winning three in a row to reach .500, which followed a three-game losing streak early in the year. Clearly, it has been a season of tough challenges for the Falcons, who had won double-digit games each of the past two seasons.
In 2016, the Falcons had an exceptional offense that carried them to the Super Bowl. Last season, a resurgent defense helped drive the Falcons to a playoff win, as they defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round. This year, however, the defense has gone back in the tank while the offense remains an average unit, which has led to a poor record despite a few close losses.
For Packers fans around the Midwest, you are largely in luck; local FOX stations in the region (except for Ohio) will broadcast this game.
Tune in on Sunday afternoon and get ready with our Game Primer.
Atlanta Falcons (4-8) vs. Green Bay Packers (4-7-1)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
12:00 Noon Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern)
FOX regional broadcast
Commentators: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Packers Radio Network
Sirius 83; XM 225
Packers favored by 5 points
Over/under total: 50.5
Regular season: Week 2, 2017 — @Falcons 34, Packers 23
Playoffs: 2016 NFC Championship — @Falcons 44, Packers 21
All-time head-to-head record
Regular season: Packers lead 15-14-0
Postseason: Tied 2-2