Ahmad Brooks was signed to the active roster only a short time ago, but his absence for this coming Sunday will be a bigger issue than most realize.
As Kyler Fackrell continued to disappoint during the preseason, the Packers signed Ahmad Brooks to a one year deal to be a situational pass rusher and third down specialist.
Brooks did not record a sack in week one against the Seahawks, but was effective in keeping Russell Wilson in the pocket and hurrying him into unwanted throws.
The Packers front seven was everywhere last Sunday, making life quite unpleasant for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense.
This coming Sunday however, will be a completely different story.
The Atlanta Falcons offense is significantly stronger than the Seahawks’, starting with their offensive line. Jake Matthews, Andy Levitre, Alex Mack, Wes Schweitzer, and Ryan Schraeder is a completely different challenge for the Packers, who will have to get consistent pressure on Matt Ryan to have a chance.
Clay Matthews and Nick Perry simply are not going to be enough to bother the Falcons’ offense too much. With plenty of balance in the offense thanks to Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, Matt Ryan should have no problem picking apart the suspect Packers defense, unless the front seven can consistently bother Ryan.
This is where Brooks comes into the picture. Third downs will be massive against the high-powered offense of Atlanta, and if Green Bay is going to have any chance to get off the field, the pass rush has to…
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