On a rainy Thursday afternoon in Flowery Branch, the Falcons took to the field to begin preparations for Monday night's game at Green Bay
The Falcons have faced elite quarterbacks this season but perhaps none playing at a higher level than Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. Entering Week 14, Rodgers has thrown for 3,325 yards, completing 66.3 percent of his passes, including 32 touchdowns.
Of his three interceptions in 2014, none have come at Lambeau Field, where he is 6-0.
"He's lights-out right now," Falcons safety William Moore said. "His percentage is way up. His turnover margin is way down, and he's balling out this year. He's playing smarter. He's extending plays. He's being Aaron Rodgers, so it's going to be important for us to prepare for those extended plays this week. I've seen a few of their losses come against teams who matched their intensity in extended plays."
In his 10 years in the league, Rodgers has played the Falcons three times in the regular season (1-2), including seven touchdowns and just one interception. Speaking via conference call Thursday, Rodgers said the Falcons' 5-7 record means nothing as they're atop their division, led by a guy known for creating turnovers.
"William Moore is a veteran guy," Rodgers said. "Coming back after his injury, he's a big-time hitter. He has a nose for the ball and is part of a talented group"
Despite allowing an average of 403 yards of offense this season, Atlanta's defense has caused its share of turnovers (plus-six differential). If Mike Nolan's crew is able to figure out a way to do what no other defense has done this season on Lambeau Field, intercept Rodgers, the Falcons may be in a primetime position to pull off a victory.
"When you win the turnover battle, you can come out great in the win column," Moore said. "As long as we cause turnovers, it will get us off the field and get the ball in our offense's hand."