Packer Report pundits predict ...

By a 7-1 vote, our experts see the Packers winning, regardless of who's at quarterback on Sunday.

W. Keith Roerdink (3-1)

Packers 20, Falcons 17

Ugly wins count the same as the pretty ones, and this one could be hard to watch. As if Aaron Rodgers' shoulder and Ryan Grant's inability to hang onto the ball or find daylight wasn't enough to worry about, on the other side of the ball, Atari Bigby is hurting, Ryan Pickett is hurting, A.J. Hawk is hurting, Charles Woodson is hurting and worst of all, Cullen Jenkins is out for the year. Fortunately, it's the Falcons coming to Lambeau Field. Expect Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood to eat up some yardage on the ground, but the Packers should be able to make that extra big play — like a Nick Collins pick of Matt Ryan — that gets them in position for a Mason Crosby winning field goal.

Tom Andrews (3-1)

Packers 17, Falcons 10

Picking games is always a crapshoot, but it is especially so for this week with Aaron Rodgers' availability a game-time decision. It certainly won't be any easier for Green Bay's defensive line with the injury to Cullen Jenkins. Michael Montgomery needs to step up in his place. Green Bay will have to find a way to contain Atlanta running back Michael Turner or it could ugly fast. Conversely, the Packers need to finally get their running game — specifically, Ryan Grant — going again, because the passing game will not be at full strength. Despite all that has been going wrong for Green Bay of late, it should be able to win at home, even if Matt Flynn needs to start at quarterback. No guarantees, just a hunch.

Bill Huber (2-2)

Packers 17, Falcons 16

A quarterback is useless if he can't throw the ball, so expect rookie Matt Flynn to get the call for Aaron Rodgers. Because of that — and because the Packers can't stop the run — all of my brain cells are screaming, "Pick the Falcons, you fool!" Call me a fool, but look for the Packers' porous run defense to rise to the occasion and the Packers' beleaguered running attack to get on track after a back-to-basics week of practice.

Matt Tevsh (2-2)

Packers 24, Falcons 20

I really think who starts at quarterback for the Packers will determine whether they win the game. The Packers are clearly the better team, but without Rodgers, they will struggle mightily on offense. And the Falcons might find some success on the ground with Turner and Norwood. In any case, the Packers need this game badly, or they could be looking at a losing record headed into the bye week later this month.

Doug Ritchay (3-1)

Packers 24, Falcons 14

Can the Packers win with Flynn? We may find out Sunday. Knowing Aaron Rodgers may not play because of his shoulder injury, the Packers couldn't have drawn much more of a favorable matchup than hosting Atlanta. Matt Flynn could be overmatched at times, but Mike McCarthy will figure a way out of this one and the Packers will move to 3-2.

Todd Korth (2-2)

Falcons 24, Packers 13

Comment: Whether Aaron Rodgers is ready to play or not doesn't really matter. If Rodgers plays, he probably won't be 100 percent recovered from his shoulder sprain, which means his chances of being effective will be reduced greatly. If he doesn't play, the Packers will be led by a rookie quarterback. That, plus all of the injuries to starters on defense and an ineffective Ryan Grant, means the Packers will fall to 2-3.

Tyler Dunne (2-2)

Packers 20, Falcons 17

If Aaron Rodgers is able to play — and play well — the Packers should win by a couple of touchdowns. But Matt Flynn is just too big of an unknown for this game to get out of hand if he starts. Look for both rushing attacks to succeed. Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood may be the best 1-2 punch in the NFL. And this may be the game Ryan Grant busts out after a string of stingy front fours. Either way, the Packers have too much talent to lose and drop their third straight game.

Bob Fox (2-2)

Packers 20, Falcons 17

The Packers desperately need to stop the bleeding from their two-game losing streak and the implosions that are ongoing along the offensive and defensive lines. The Packers' defense must stop the Falcons' ground game and force rookie quarterback Matt Ryan into making mistakes. The Packers' offense has to open up the ground game and protect the passer, whoever it is. Special teams need to improve, as well. Other than that, everything is fine.


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