Green Bay’s pass defense was a liability all season, even during the eight-game win streak. The Packers allowed 336.2 passing yards per game in their last six games alone. Green Bay lost star cornerback Sam Shields in Week 1, but these problems lingered. Matt Ryan was just the last quarterback to take advantage. Green Bay’s run defense held up, and the unit ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks despite an injury-riddled year for Clay Matthews. What do you think Tom Brady would have done to this defense had the Packers beat the Falcons Green Bay needs to ask it’self that question if it wants to win a Super Bowl. That’s the standard.
Sign and/or draft impact rookies: Green Bay can fix that by addressing the cornerback position, especially if Shields can’t return. New England’s Malcolm Butler is among the top free-agent cornerbacks out there, but it’s typically not Green Bay’s style to sign a big-time free agent.
The Packers also drafted cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quenten Rollins in 2015, but both struggled this season. Green Bay will have options at the end of the first round. A few mock drafts have them taking Washington’s Sidney Jones, though Florida’s Jalen Tabor also could be available. If Green Bay has a chance to get a do-it-all talent like USC’s Adoree’ Jackson or Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, they need to take it. Those guys fit in any scheme.
Jones is dealing with a nagging toe injury, but Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Jones will be ready to rock.Even if he is limited, Ryan has plenty of other weapons at his disposal and Sundays game could be a wild shootout.
Green Bays best defense just might be Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense keeping the Falcons offense on the sideline. Both quarterbacks could have big games and it might be the one who holds the ball last moving on to Super Bowl LI.