A Q&A with Raymond Rivard of Lombardi Ave ahead of the Atlanta Falcons week 1 matchup against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football
It’s an NFC Championship Game rematch this Sunday, and a crucial early season heavyweight clash within the conference between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. We had a conversation with one of the people who covers the Green Bay Packers. Raymond Rivard of Lombardi Ave — the Green Bay Packers’ FanSided page — answered a few questions ahead of the matchup.
BD: We all remember what happened last time these two teams met, in the NFC Championship Game. As someone who covers the Packers, do you think this will be just another regular season game, business as usual so to speak, or will the Green Bay players have revenge on their minds after what happened to them in January?
RR: I think revenge is somewhat of a factor, but this is a whole new season with new players, a new schedule, new coaches and the like, so the bottom line is that this is a regular season game with huge implications. The winner (and the loser) will look back on this game in January and realize the importance for playoff seeding. So, though it’s only the second game of the year, this will have a big impact on how things line up come playoff time.
BD: Green Bay’s defense gave up 493 yards of total offense in that NFC Championship game. What adjustments do you expect to be made to slow down Atlanta’s high powered offense this time around?
RR: The Packers’ entire offseason changes were grounded in the results of that NFC Championship loss. It was clear the Packers defensive backfield was in a…
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