The W Report" Green Bay Packers win 30-16 over Atlanta

The “W” Report: Week 4 Green Bay Packers win 30-16 over Atlanta

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • falcons
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Matt LaFleur
  • Monday Night Football
  • NFC North
  • NFL
  • Packers
  • Robert Tonyan
By Nathaniel Scott October 6, 2020 0 Comment
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Green Bay beats Atlanta 30-16 and improves to 4-0 on the season, and 2-0 at Lambeau!

In a week four match up that featured two former MVP quarterbacks, and many marquee match ups across the field, Aaron Rodgers out shined them all! The Green Bay Packers win 30-16 over the Atlanta Falcons continuing their impressive start to the season.

Who stood out?

Robert Tonyan had a career night in prime time, catching 6 passes for 98 yards and 3 TD’s. He provided Green Bay with the kind dynamic production at the position they haven’t had since the likes of Jermichael Finley back in 2011.

Za’Darius Smith looks to be back to his old self after knocking off the rust. He dominated Atlanta with 3 sacks, a forced fumble,  and four tackles for  a lost! He was very active

Jaire Alexander put the clamps on Calvin Ridley all game, who didn’t have a single catch on the night. On top of playing lockdown coverage, Jaire’s presence was felt in the run game as well. He played physical all night.

What Happened in a nutshell?

Green Bay forced a punt on Atlanta’s opening possession, and answered with a scoring drive, dominating a decimated Falcon secondary. Coach Matt LaFleur called an excellent game. Missing his top two target at receiver, he clearly made a concerted effort to get his running backs and tight ends involved early.

Defensively Green Bay made marketable improvement; limiting a potentially potent offense to a lack luster performance. The Falcons averaged 30 points a game coming into week four, but Green Bay held them to only 16, their best defensive effort all year. If it weren’t for a few questionable penalties, this could have been even more lopsided affair!

When was the turning point?

Late in the first quarter, down 7-0, Atlanta managed to stop Green Bay on fourth and goal. The Falcons would go on march down the field on a 20 play, 94 yard drive into Green Bay territory. Fortunately, the defense held strong and forced the Falcons to settle for a field goal. Instead of tying the game, they would still trail by four points, and that was really as close as they got all night to making it competitive. If the Falcons could have swung the momentum in their favor that drive, maybe the game would have turned out differently.

Where Green Bay looked Good and/or Bad!

Green Bay looked very good on offense, even in the absence of Allen Lazard and Davante Adams. Coach LaFleur pulled some new wrinkles out his bag of tricks, in addition to Tonyan’s big night, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams combined for 81 yards rushing and another 135 yards receiving. There were not any new significant injuries on offense to report

Defensively, the Packers seemed to improve against the run, but still looked bad when it came to tackling in space. There were also some questionable penalties called against them that helped extend ATL drives. Kevin King existed the game late, and did not return. That will be something to monitor in the bye week.

Why they ultimately won!

The Packers took advantage of a hobbled Falcons secondary, converting 54% of 3rd downs. Robert Tonyan had the game of his life; while Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams proved to one of the best 1-2 punches in the NFL.

On the flip side, Jaire is quietly having an All-Pro season, and Za’Darius Smith looks like he’s getting back to mid season form. They didn’t allow the big plays on defense like they had in weeks prior, and they held Atlanta to less than 100 yards rushing.

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