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The first-time NFL coordinators will be tested by a tough Packers teamBrett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have one win in the books, and the team’s two new coordinators acquitted themselves reasonably well in their first action. Nobody was thrilled with the way Atlanta won in Chicago, mind you, but it was a win, and those remain important.

As D. Orlando Ledbetter wrote yesterday, the Green Bay game provides a stiffer challenge for Marquand Manuel on the defensive side, but it’s not going to be a peachy keen walk in the park or whatever for Steve Sarkisian either.

For Manuel and the defense, the challenge will be stopping Aaron Rodgers, dynamic running back/converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery, and a cast of solid receiving options that includes Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb, and tight end Martellus Bennett.

For Sark and the offense, the challenge is working against the Packers’ so-called Nitro package, which features a lot of defensive backs, and a quietly stout run defense. It’s not likely to hold this potent attack entirely in check, but with questions swirling in the fanbase about Sark’s aggressiveness and creativity after just one week, it could still create some disquieting setbacks.

As it turns out, the Bears did challenge both coordinators, but not in the same way you’d expect the Packers to. Chicago was only able to put up 17 points and got by chiefly on the strength of a strong ground game, while defensively Chicago did an impressive job of shutting down the run but couldn’t quite hold Matt Ryan and company in check. Atlanta’s extremely likely to score more than they did in Chicago against the Packers, but there’s a more opportunistic secondary here and a much better offense to contend with. It doesn’t figure to be easy.

If the Falcons impress here, I expect we’ll all feel better about Sark in particular. May they do so.

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Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3 will be televised nationally to kick off five-game slate

The first look at the 2017 Cardinals in game action will be Aug. 3 on NBC 12 News.
Beginning with the Cardinals nationally televised Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 3 at 5 p.m., all five Cardinals preseason games can be seen locally on NBC 12 News (KPNX-TV).

The Emmy award-winning Cardinals Broadcast Network will produce the four other Cardinals preseason games beginning Aug. 12 vs. Oakland. The other Cardinals preseason broadcasts include Aug. 19 vs. Chicago, Aug. 26 at Atlanta and Aug. 31 at Denver.

The Cardinals’ regular radio team of Dave Pasch (play-by-play) and Ron Wolfley (analyst) will be joined by 12 News anchor Paul Gerke (sideline reporter) to call the action. Paul Calvisi will join Wolfley and Gerke for the Denver broadcast on August 31.

All four games produced by the Cardinals will be preceded by a half-hour pregame show hosted by Gerke. Coverage of the Cardinals-Raiders game from University of Phoenix Stadium on Aug. 12 will begin with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff to follow at 7 p.m. The Cardinals-Bears game on Aug. 19 will get started with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. and then kickoff at 7 p.m. Arizona will hit the road for their final two preseason games beginning with the Cardinals-Falcons contest on Aug. 26 to start with the pregame show at 3:30 p.m. followed by kickoff at 4 p.m. and the Cardinals-Broncos preseason finale will start with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m. with the game at 6 p.m.

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