Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/8/11

There are two undefeated teams left in the NFL heading into Week 5, and both are in the NFC North. The Packers and the Lions are those two teams, and Green Bay will attempt to keep their perfect record alive this Sunday night in Atlanta.

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Green Bay Packers

The Packers’ offense is one of the top in the NFL, which directly correlates to the success of many fantasy teams, including my own. Aaron Rodgers leads the league in QB rating, is second in touchdowns with 12, and has the highest completion percentage in the NFL at 73.1%.

The least amount of the points the Packers have scored in a game this year is 27, which came in their Week 3 win over the Bears.

The problem has to do with the defense. The Green Bay defense has allowed 23 or more points in three of the first four games of the season, and they have the 31st rated pass defense in the NFL. The offense has been able to bail out the lack of defense so far, but the Falcons are capable of putting up big numbers. The key will be the turnover battle.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are 2-2 in a very winnable division in the NFC South. They have already played on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, in a game which saw them beat the disappointing Eagles in a 35-31 game.

The Falcons have been a completely different team since their Week 1 loss to the Bears, in which the score was 30-12. They have the tenth ranked rush defense in the NFL, along with the eleventh ranked pass offense.

This game is much more important for Atlanta, as a loss would put them at 2-3. Their next four games are against the Panthers, Lions, Colts, and Saints. Three of those are tough games, with the exception of the game against the Colts. However, with the way Indy played against the Bucs on Monday night, they might not be as bad as previously thought.

Packers-Falcons Prediction

The Packers are the best team in football right now, and it is tough to pick against them until they prove they are mortal and lose a game. That is why I see them going into Atlanta and beating the Falcons. Matt Ryan has done nothing too special this season, and his top receiver, Roddy White, has had a problem with dropped passes all year.

The Falcons have a great rush defense, which means the Packers will be passing often, and with success.

Prediction: Packers 31 | Falcons 17

  • Packers-Falcons Spread Pick: Packers -5.5
  • Packers-Falcons Over-Under Pick: Under


Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons Game Info
  • Packers-Falcons Date, Time, and TV: Sunday, October 9th at 8:20 ET on NBC
  • Packers-Falcons Announcers: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth
  • Packers-Falcons Point Spread: Packers -5.5
  • Packers-Falcons Over-Under Odds: 54
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