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Ahmad Brooks

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.

Brooks may be 33, but his pass rushing skills are still effective and make for an excellent complement behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.

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.

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The 2016 Atlanta Falcons were damn near unstoppable offensively. They gained more yards than all but 12 teams in NFL history and scored more points than all but seven. They gained more yards on a per-play basis than all but three teams in the history of football and they actually scored more points per drive than the record-breaking 2013 Broncos (2.90 to 2.83). Along with the 2007 Patriots and the 2011 Saints, they were one of just three teams since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002 to score a touchdown or field goal on more than half of their offensive drives.

It should come as no surprise, then, that in two games against a Green Bay Packersdefense that was largely below average for much of the season, the Falcons lit up the scoreboard but good. Atlanta scored 33 points in a last-minute comeback victory in Week 8, then racked up 44 in the NFC Championship Game on the way to clinching a Super Bowl berth. Considering the Falcons averaged 36 points per game in the Georgia Dome, where both of those games were played, again, it was not all that surprising that they hit 38.5 per game against Green Bay.

What was surprising about the two performances is that the Falcons tore up Green Bay’s defense — specifically, their pass defense — in drastically different ways.

Winning by going short

In Week 8, the Falcons attacked almost entirely via the short pass. Matt Ryan threw 35 passes during the game; 27 of them were intended for receivers within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, and six of those 27 were screens thrown behind the line, per tracking data from Pro Football Focus.

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Pro Football Focus

Many of those passes were thrown to receivers that ran quick-breaking routes after Ryan motioned a running back out of the backfield, leaving the Falcons in an empty set. Doing so forced the defense to declare its coverage, allowing Ryan to identify the man that would come open before the snap of the ball, and then get it to him quickly afterward. He completed all six of his pass attempts when the Falcons motioned into an empty set, gaining 52 yards.

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GREEN BAY (WLUK) — Cold weather season is coming up and the Packers want to keep all kids warm.

The annual Packers ‘Coats for Kids’ collection is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24 at Lambeau Field before the Packers-Bengals game.

Fans going to the game can bring new or gently-used winter coats for needy children

Cash donations will be accepted as well.

The Salvation Army will be collecting coats and cash donations at locations around the Lambeau Field parking lots beginning at 11:25 a.m.

Last year, the ‘Coats for Kids’ collection collected more than 450 coats and $10,000 in cash before the Packers-Cowboys game.

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On Monday, Nov. 27, 25 people will be selected randomly from the entries.

Those 25 winners will receive a $50 gift card to the Packers Pro Shop.

Of those 25 winners, 10 finalists will be selected randomly to receive a Lambeau Leap Instructional Overview and Meet and Greet with a Packers player at Lambeau Field and a Lambeau Leap tryout on Dec. 5.

The person with the best overall leap at tryouts will be selected the grand-prize winner.

The remaining nine finalists will receive a jersey autographed by a Packers player.

The grand-prize winner will be able to take the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game and a game ball from the contest, an authentic Packers jersey with your name on the back and four VIP sideline passes for pre-game and four club seats to the game.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Titletown Park opens Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration.

The Green Bay Packers are inviting the public to come check out the new park, located off Ridge Road, at 3 p.m. It’s part of the Titletown District development near Lambeau Field.

The grand opening will feature live music, face painting, shuffleboard, bean bag toss, and a giant Jenga-style game.

Titletown Park will feature a number of activities for the public throughout the year, including everything from exercise and wellness classes to chess lessons. There’s a playground and sports field.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy will speak Friday at the grand opening.

Coming this fall: the tubing hill and a bistro called 46 Below. That’s a reference to the wind chill during the 1967 Ice Bowl NFL Championship game.

There’s also an event space on the second level that will be called Rockwood Terrace. That’s a reference to Rockwood Lodge, the Packers’ former training facility used during the 1940s.

Action 2 News will be at the grand opening and have coverage tonight.

Fans have the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game

The Green Bay Packers and the USA TODAY NETWORK – Wisconsin in Partnership with Pick ‘n Save, are offering fans the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game against the Minnesota Vikings through the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Contest.”

On or about Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, a random drawing will select 25 winners from among all eligible entries received. Each randomly selected winner will be awarded a $50 gift card to the Packers Pro Shop.

Of the 25 winners, 10 finalists will be selected in a random drawing to receive a Lambeau Leap Instructional Overview and Meet and Greet with a Packers player in a classroom setting at Lambeau Field and a Lambeau Leap tryout on Dec. 5, 2017.

Of the ten participants who undergo Leap tryouts, the participant with the best overall leap will be selected as the Grand-Prize winner, based on criteria outlined in the Ultimate Leap Contest Official Rules as listed on www.TheUltimateLeap.com. The remaining nine finalists will receive a jersey autographed by a Packers player.

The Grand-Prize winner will be invited to take the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap” on Dec. 23, 2017, during the Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau Field and will receive the game ball from the contest, an authentic Green Bay Packers team jersey with his/her name on the back, four VIP sideline passes for pre-game, and four Club Seats to the game.

Fans can also watch for the Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Traveling Wall at participating Pick ‘n Save locations to practice the Ultimate Leap in person. The Traveling Wall will make its first appearance this Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Pick ‘n Save at 5800 S. 108th Street in Hales Corners, Wis. and those who visit can be entered to win the contest.

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The Packers’ annual Coats for Kids collection will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, at Lambeau Field

The Packers’ annual Coats for Kids collection will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, at Lambeau Field prior to the Green Bay Packers-Cincinnati Bengals game. Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to donate new and gently used winter coats for distribution to needy children through area Salvation Army units.

Cash donations will be accepted as well.

The Salvation Army will be collecting coats and cash donations at locations around the Lambeau Field parking lots beginning at 11:25 a.m.

The Salvation Army and several area cleaners – Lindeman’s Cleaning, Royal Cleaners and Martinizing Dry Cleaning Service – are again leading the seasonal effort to collect coats. Coats can be dropped off at the participating cleaners, at local Salvation Army locations, as well as at the locations listed at http://www.sagreenbay.org/green_bay/coatsforkids, in addition to being brought to Sunday’s game.

Collections at the game will take place until kickoff and the number of coats collected will be announced during the second half of the game.

Last year, the Coats for Kids collection garnered more than 450 coats and $10,000 in cash donations prior to the Packers-Cowboys game.

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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the play of Kentrell Brice and how he’s become the enforcer in the Packers defensive backfield.

From Ryan:

Reckless abandon fuels each collision, a disregard for his safety as much as the poor soul he’s about to flatten. As Kentrell Brice approaches his target, he calculates angles and simultaneously clears his mind.

He knows this will hurt. It usually hurts. He just doesn’t care.

“You don’t think,” Brice said. “You just hit.”

Brice is a walking conundrum in a safety-wrapped sport. The NFL, reacting to concussion concerns, clamped down on head hunters in the past decade. New rules restrict violence the league once glorified, shrinking windows for legal blows. Big hits are supposed to be nearing extinction.

Somebody forgot to tell Brice.

Things aren’t looking good for Bryan Bulaga’s chances of playing Sunday night:

Bulaga sent home for a second straight day due to flu-like symptoms. http://pck.rs/2eY86XP 

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Packers again send tackle Bryan Bulaga home due to illness

The Green Bay Packers are not going to know right tackle Bryan Bulaga’s status until at least Friday.

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Great look at the gunners on punt coverage from Michael Cohen:

Teams used to double Janis to neutralize him. It’s not so easy anymore. http://pck.rs/2x04UWb 

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Josh Jones, Jeff Janis give Packers 1-2 punch on punt coverage

In the early stages of Jeff Janis’ rebirth as a special teams star, the Packers wide receiver absorbed a lesson in respect from coordinator Ron Zook.

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Fantastic stuff from Rich Ryman on the bond of Packers fandom:

Love of @packers made easy decision on hosting Japanese fans. http://ow.ly/qwWr30faxry 

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Love of Packers made easy decision on hosting Japanese fans

Hobart family opening house to two dozen Japanese Packers fans for Cincinnati game weekend

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Tom Silverstein leads Packers Notes with Davante Adams being healthy this time around for the Packers’ trip to Atlanta:

Adams’ last trip to Atlanta marred by ankle injury. http://pck.rs/2h56G1Y 

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Packers notes: Davante Adams eager for healthy shot at Falcons

The last time Packers wide receiver Davante Adams walked into the Falcons’ home stadium, he was doing everything he could not to limp.

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Elsewhere, the Packers officially open up the Titletown District today:

Mike Daniels pretty much is an anime character at this point:

Top Tweets: Packers’ Mike Daniels becomes an anime character – http://FOXSports.com  http://dlvr.it/PnBkpf 

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Top Tweets: Packers’ Mike Daniels becomes an anime character

FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Tom Dierberger scours cyberspace for the week’s top tweets

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Move the Sticks has their game preview:

Could it be that Falcons fans are nervous about Sunday night’s big matchup?

Are @AtlantaFalcons fans on edge with the Packers coming to town? http://atlfal.co.nz/2jvxhpX 

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Excitement, concerns and paranoia intensifying as Packers-Falcons showdown draws closer

As the showdown with the Packers nears, Falcons fans are excited … and a bit on edge

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Rob Demovsky writes on how Ty Montgomery may emulate James White during the Super Bowl:

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It didn’t take long in 2017 for QB Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s offense to capitalize in a big way

GREEN BAY – It’s no secret why the Packers have been so effective for so long when it comes to harvesting free plays and turning those opportunities into points.

At least, not in Jordy Nelson’s mind.

“Our quarterback,” says the Packers receiver, matter-of-factly.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense were at it again during Sunday’s 17-9 win over Seattle, cultivating three free-play opportunities off Seahawk penalties in the second half.

Two offside penalties resulted in a simple five extra yards, but the third – a 12-man-on-the-field call on Seahawks linebacker Terence Garvin – was an absolute game-changer.

Driving into Seattle territory, Rodgers had just completed a short pass to Ty Montgomery on second-and-4. The Packers didn’t change their personnel, but briefly huddled in preparation for what was a critical third down with Green Bay clinging to a 7-6 lead at the time.

That’s when the Packers noticed Garvin running to the sideline. Rodgers said the magic word and guys rushed back to the line of scrimmage. With Garvin two steps from the sideline, center Corey Linsley delivered the ball to Rodgers and the flag was thrown.

Nelson, lined up in the slot out of a bunch formation, knifed between the coverage of linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Earl Thomas to haul in the 32-yard touchdown.

“We just wanted the penalty and then everyone just went crazy. It’s almost recess all over again,” Nelson said. “You try to find an open area and get up there as soon as possible. There wasn’t anything special. I think Randall (Cobb) and I were able to stretch Earl Thomas a little bit and got on him.

“They weren’t obviously prepared and set up the way they want to be set up, so that’s why we do it and we want to keep them on the field as much as possible.”

While Nelson chalks up a bulk of the credit to Rodgers’ awareness and command of the huddle, it’s an area Head Coach Mike McCarthy places an emphasis on during training camp.

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At least, we think so.

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I believe that most people have properly rated the Falcons offense heading into the 2017 season. The average analyst, pundit and fan is comfortable thinking of the Falcons are one of the NFL’s best, though probably slightly less effective than they were in 2016. That’s all well and good.

The defense, on the other hand? The defense appears to be underrated.

Take Football Outsiders, which does a marvelous job of building out projections for each season based on in-depth analyses of performance over the last few years, among many other variables, to try to produce a quality forecast for how each NFL team will perform and rank statistically in a given season. They’re not always right—they had the Falcons with a less than 30% chance of making the playoffs last year—but they run a much more rigorous analysis than other shops. And where do they have the 2017 Falcons defense ranking, you ask?

24th! After they were 26th overall a year ago. We’re still waiting for FO’s explainer for this, but it does underscore the fact that not everyone is seeing and forecasting the same kind of defensive improvement that bullish Falcons fans are. They may not be hyper-impressed by the addition of Dontari Poe, they may see some regression from Vic Beasley, or they might just not think this unit can gel and improve hugely. The team did get better-than-expected contributions from Deion Jones and Keanu Neal last year and still don’t have an obviously elite set of pass rushers to work with, so the skepticism is understandable to a certain extent.

Whatever the rationale, they’re being underrated. If they’re not, this season may not go the way we want it to.

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