Among the NFL’s 32 teams, the Green Bay Packers finished 22nd in total defense and next-to-last in passing defense in the 2016 season. But the Packers started their 2017 campaign by keeping the Seattle Seahawks out of the end zone and limiting quarterback Russell Wilson to 158 passing yards in a 17-9 victory last week.
When asked in the locker room after the game about the difference for the Green Bay defense in the season-opening game, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Packers’ Pro Bowl free safety, turned into Eugene Krabs with the Krusty Krab under siege from Plankton on the cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
“You ever watch ‘SpongeBob’?” Clinton-Dix said. “You know the secret formula to the Krabby Patty? You never heard of that; you can’t give it away. So you’ve just got to continue watching, and maybe you’ll figure out the secret ingredient to it. So I can’t tell you that.”
With the Atlanta Falcons awaiting the Packers in Game 2, the former Alabama All-American wasn’t about to give anything away.
The Packers and the Falcons square off at 7:30 p.m. CDT Sunday in the first NFL regular-season game in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. NBC will televise the game.
In their past three games against the Falcons, the Packers have given up 114 points. In one of the games, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones set a record for the most receiving yards ever given up by Green Bay with 259. In the teams’ most recent meeting – last season’s NFC championship game – Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 44-21 victory.
Though Clinton-Dix wasn’t telling, the Packers do have something new for the Falcons…
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