Packers get ready for showdown of NFC's top teamsWisconsin Sports
-- Sunday's game in the Georgia Dome is one of the NFL's top matchups. Green Bay is coming off a 31-to-3 rout of Minnesota and has four straight wins. Atlanta is also looking for its fifth win in a row. Both teams lead their respective divisions and the Falcons are unbeaten in five home games. Green Bay has a respectable 3-and-2 road record.
ATLANTA - Sunday's game in the Georgia Dome is one of the NFL's top matchups. Green Bay is coming off a 31-3 rout of Minnesota and has four straight wins. Atlanta is also looking for its fifth win in a row. Both teams lead their respective divisions and the Falcons are unbeaten in five home games. Green Bay has a respectable 3-and-2 road record.
The NFC-leading Falcons are a game ahead of the Pack in the playoff race – but the Packers are 10-3 during the McCarthy era in games played in domes.
The Packers will only have three healthy safeties for Sunday's game. Jarrett Bush would fill in if starters Nick Collins or Charlie Peprah gets hurt. It’s not known what the Packers might do if both starters are injured. Coach Mike McCarthy did not shed any light on that after practice this morning. He said the Packers feel good about Bush being in reserve and quote, “the other guys who are available.” Defensive coordinator Dom Capers could put linebacker Brandon Chillar or a corner at the safety spot. Atari Bigby had been ruled out earlier for the Falcons contest with a bad hamstring. Safety Anthony Smith is considered doubtful with an ankle injury. Receiver Donald Driver is listed as probable, along with Chad Clifton, Scott Wells, Ryan Pickett, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, and Cullen Jenkins.
Packers’ running back Dimitri Nance is expected to get some more playing time on Sunday at Atlanta. Nance was on the Falcons’ practice squad when the Packers acquired him September 14th to replace the injured Ryan Grant. But until last week, Nance didn’t play very much. He only had six carries for 11 yards going into last Sunday’s Packer victory at Minnesota – when he got a dozen carries for 37 yards. Coach Mike McCarthy says Brandon Jackson will remain the starter at running back, but Nance should get some more carries against his old team. McCarthy said Nance had to learn the special nuances of the Packer offense – and now that he’s caught up, the coach wants Nance to get in the flow of the game. Sunday’s battle at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is an important game for Green Bay.