According to DraftKings, the Green Bay Packers are set to be one-point favorites on the road next week when they face the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers are coming off a 38-20 victory against Chicago, while the Falcons beat Carolina 24-10 at home.
Packers quarterback Jordan Love had a solid game against Chicago in the season opener, throwing for over 240 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Desmond Ridder struggled to get anything going, finishing his first game of the 2023 season with just 91 net passing yards on 22 dropbacks. Most of that yardage, too, came in the fourth quarter. With 7:09 in the fourth quarter, Ridder only had 46 net passing yards. Entering the fourth quarter, he only had 29.
Based on Next Gen Stats’ charting, Ridder only completed one pass of 12 air yards or more in Week 1 and only attempted two such throws. To say the least, the Packers’ defense should expect a lot of handoffs and throws near the line of scrimmage in this matchup.
Key injury questions for the Packers moving forward are as follows:
- Will receiver Christian Watson, who missed the season opener, have a healthy enough hamstring to play in the game?
- How serious is the injury to running back Aaron Jones, who was pulled against the Bears?
- Will left tackle David Bakhtiari play on the turf in Atlanta, a factor that has given his knee issues before?
- Will outside linebacker Rashan Gary still be on a pitch count?