The Atlanta Falcons have one of the best offenses in the NFL, but their defense needs to improve if they want to hold off the Green Bay Packers this Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) at the Georgia Dome. At press time, Atlanta is holding steady as a 3-point favorite with a total of 53.
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The Falcons (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS) are the only winning team in the NFC South heading into Week 8, powered by Pro Bowlers Matt Ryan at quarterback and Devonta Freeman at running back. Ryan leads the NFL with 2,348 passing yards at 14.2 yards per completion; Freeman has rushed for 4.8 yards a carry and already has 26 catches on the season. However, Atlanta is also second-worst in the league with 2,060 passing yards allowed, driving the OVER to a 6-1 record after seven games.
This is good news for Green Bay (4-2 SU, 3-2-1 ATS), especially for QB Aaron Rodgers, who has struggled at times this year. The Packers are also pleased with how well WR Ty Montgomery filled in at running back last week for the injured Eddie Lacy and James Starks, picking up 60 yards on nine carries against the Chicago Bears.
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