Possessing the 23rd best rushing defense in the NFL, the Packers are extremely reliant upon their offensive potency. Therefore, the key to a Hawks’ victory lies in minimizing Aaron Rodgers’ effectiveness while executing a performance identical to their season opener.
Having defeated the Pack by a score of 36-16 in Week 1, the Hawks are seeking a similar outcome in the NFC Championship rematch. However, achieving such a one-sided victory is highly unlikely.
Averaging 35 points per game throughout the course of the regular season, the Green Bay Packers’ offense is extremely prolific, an attribute that earned them a super bowl title back in 2010. But unlike the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl run and the majority of their 2014 regular season, their offense will not go uncontested.
Undaunted by the threat of Rodgers, the Hawks must also prepare for Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy. With his accumulation of 101 yards on the ground against the Cowboys, Packers’ RB Eddie Lacy is currently averaging the most rushing yards per game amongst all postseason players. Look for a solid matchup between Lacy and Wagner as the rest of the Hawks set their sights on pass coverage and pressuring Rodgers.
Recently in the news for his post-game antics, Marshawn Lynch will need to make headlines with his on-field performance this Sunday.
Remaining NFC Champs is ultimately dependent on the success of the whole but in order to ensure those collective successes the Legion of Boom and Marshawn Lynch need to deliver.