Packers vs. Falcons odds 2017: Atlanta small favorite in NFC championship rematch

Packers vs. Falcons odds 2017: Atlanta small favorite in NFC championship rematch

Atlanta is on the other end of the spectrum. Meanwhile, the average Green Bay run game could struggle even more with a makeshift offensive line. "But we like it". So thin were the Packers at the end of last season that Gunter, an undrafted rookie at the time, was their No. 1 cornerback in all three playoff games.

Yes, the converted receiver was listed as the starting tailback on the Green Bay Packers' depth chart to open the season.

But Atlanta avoided a third straight loss when Matt Ryan tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Mohamed Sanu with 31 seconds remaining, pulling out a 33-32 victory. They are one of the better coached units and understand how to handle multiple different pass rush concepts.

Rodgers said he's not thinking about last season. "You can't rewrite history. We've just got to get out there and make sure we catch a lot of footballs and move around and make sure we're ready".

"I'm more than thrilled to come here, man, on a winning team - left another winning team to come to an even better team".

While downplaying talk of a budding rivalry, Falcons safety Ricardo Allen acknowledged that any game against the Packers carries a little extra juice.

"I knew he had some speed", QB Matt Ryan said when asked about Hooper's big season opener.

Then there's his weapons, two in particular. We know what kind of team this is.

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Ahmad Brooks was signed to the active roster only a short time ago, but his absence for this coming Sunday will be a bigger issue than most realize.

(How important is running back Ty Montgomery's versatility?) "It's unique to have a receiver now playing halfback". Julio Jones also had a quiet outing, catching just four passes for 66 yards and after burning Green Bay in last season's NFC Championship, the superstar wideout is licking his lips at Sunday night's matchup. Surprisingly, it was the offense that looked a bit rusty when facing off with the Hawks defense.

HAPPY AND HEALTHY: Jordy Nelson wanted to make two things perfectly clear: He never wore a Kevlar vest in the NFC Championship Game last January, and he wasn't lying when he said his broken ribs felt "great" throughout that game.

The Green Bay Packers also will want revenge.

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett has been fined $9,115 by the National Football League following an unnecessary penalty he committed against Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright during last Sunday's season opener. Montgomery showed he can handle a full workload after taking 90 percent of the offensive snaps. That caused the Packers to really work on retooling their defense for Dom Capers and if the Week 1 victory is any indication, the improvement might be enough to make the Packers nearly unbeatable when the play up to their level. Reed's takedown of Chicago QB Mike Glennon in the waning seconds preserved the Falcons' season-opening win.

Family affair: LB Clay Matthews will be going up against his cousin, Falcons LT Jake Matthews again.

The penalty came after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran for a first down diving head first and was hit by Wright. He has started every game since 2014 and logged 22 sacks over his first five seasons in the NFL.

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