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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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Green Bay opens preseason by downing Philadelphia

GREEN BAY – It’s never perfect in a first game, but the Packers did enough right on Thursday night they felt pretty good about their start to the preseason.

A punt return for a touchdown, a sharp-looking TD pass, and three of four turnovers by the defense all came in the second quarter of Green Bay’s 24-9 victory over Philadelphia at Lambeau Field.Those outweighed some sloppy moments with ball-handling that the Packers will look to shore up before the games begin for real.

“I thought the work tonight was very good for us in all three phases,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “We took a step tonight as a football team.”

With quarterback Aaron Rodgers taking a rest, Brett Hundley was the starter, and he overcame a rocky beginning that included a bobbled opening snap and a Ty Montgomery fumble.

On his third drive, starting in Eagles territory thanks to a turnover, Hundley made a check at the line of scrimmage that produced a pretty 20-yard TD toss to Jeff Janis between two defenders.

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Anything is possible with this Packers defense

Dan from Golden, CO

I’ve taken a much-needed break from the Packers and football in general over the past two months. Can you please summarize what I’ve missed on the Insiders articles?

Ty Montgomery kept his No. 88 and yet people continued to ask about a potential switch to the point it became a running joke, fans still haven’t gotten over Seattle, and overtime rules are complicated. And oh, Vic retired.

Tal from Ascot, UK

I understand how an inside rush helps an outside rush, and how an outside rush helps a secondary, and how a secondary helps the pass rush. But how do the inside linebackers fit into all of this, or is it that the ILBs sort themselves out by themselves?

It’s probably somewhere in between rushing and coverage depending on the call. A lot of it is reaction and timing. From a blitzing standpoint, you saw the impact Clay Matthews can have on the game from the inside linebacker position. However, there are several ways to make an impact depending on the player’s skill set.

Chris from Fort Bragg, NC

Regarding the behind-the-scenes: I am also very interested in the operation. I’ll take anything you’d like to share.

I’d just like to add Mike is a saint for dealing with me on the road. I get motion sickness writing in vehicles, so Spoff takes the lead in banging out our game story and editorial in quick succession. He also edits my sidebar and notebook once we’re on the plane. He never complains. At least to my face.

Carly from St. Joseph, MI

Since there are a few weeks of Sundays without football left, I took the opportunity to binge-watch “Last Chance U” on Netflix. What’s the Insiders’ opinions on the show and JUCO ball in general? Do these kids ever make it?

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