Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Hitting the links on Falcons-Packers
By Pat Yasinskas
As we get ready for Saturday's game between Atlanta and Green Bay, let's hit the links to see what others are saying about the Falcons and Packers.
ESPN Stats & Information has a look at the kickers remaining in the postseason and they give Atlanta’s Matt Bryant some high praise. I continue to marvel at how this guy has rebuilt his career after enduring a couple of personal tragedies.
Steve Hummer has a great feature on Atlanta offensive lineman Tyson Clabo, who adopted his brother’s two children.
In the NFC South, we all know about how Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has been fantastic in the Georgia Dome. He’s only lost two starts there in his three-year career. But Jason Wilde points out that Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is pretty good indoors as well. Since taking over as the starter in 2008, Rodgers has posted a 106.4 passer rating with 18 touchdowns while completed 205 of 307 passes (66.8 percent) for 2,645 yards with five interceptions in 10 games in domes. However, it should be noted the Packers are 5-5 in those games.
The Packers are approaching Saturday’s game like a Thanksgiving game, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Since they had to play Sunday, while the Falcons were off, they did a lot of their scouting preparation for this week before they even played the Eagles.
Veteran Atlanta center Todd McClure doesn’t get a lot of attention. But he’s been an anchor of a very good Atlanta offensive line the last few years. Daniel Cox takes a look at McClure as he gets ready for only his sixth postseason game in a 12-year career.
The Sporting News has named Atlanta’s Mike Smith as NFL Coach of the Year. Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey also has been named Coordinator of the Year.
The Sporting News also put Atlanta receiver Roddy White and defensive end John Abraham on its All-Pro Team.
For the sake of balance, we’ll point out The Sporting News selected Green Bay’s Clay Matthews as its Defensive Player of the Year.