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Packers 'Praying' For Help to Slow Down Julio

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke earlier this week about Falcons WR Julio Jones saying his statistics this season are "outstanding" and they are more than aware of what he's capable of doing to a defense.

So, how are the Packers planning to slow down Jones?

"The week of (the game), every night before you go to bed, you've got to pray," SS Micah Hyde said to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Game day, you've got to wake up, you've got to pray. He's just one of those guys that can get it done in all aspects of the game."

Jones will face an inexperienced Green Bay secondary on Sunday as the Packers' No. 1 cornerback Sam Shields was placed on on IR. This likely means that Ladarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson will be tasked with Jones all afternoon.

Atlanta's Pro Bowl WR has surpassed the 100-yard mark four times this season, and historically, Jones has fared well against Green Bay. In 2014, he caught 11 passes for 259 yards, which remains the most any receiver has ever put up against a Green Bay defense.

And while many outside of the Falcons' locker room repeatedly talk about the matchup between Jones and the Packers' secondary, Jones refuses to listen to the outside noise.

Green Bay is certainly injury-riddled at the cornerback position, but Jones knows all about the talent they have at safety and will be ready for whatever coverage the Packers bring.

"They have two of the best safeties that I think we are going to face this year," Jones said Thursday. "You have to expect the worst — that they are going to double you, play two men to you, have a safety over top. But I have the teammates here that are going to get open if they play that coverage towards me, the other guys on the other side are going to step up and make plays."

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