Opposite Sideline: Falcons still confident

Aaron Nagler
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The lowdown on the Green Bay Packers' next opponent from a beat writer who covers the team.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Derrick Shelby (90) and head coach Dan Quinn take the field prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Denver.

The Green Bay Packers head down to Atlanta to take on a Falcons team that is desperate for a victory after dropping two straight, the latest being a heartbreaker in overtime.

We caught up with D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Falcons for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and got his thoughts on Sunday’s matchup. You can find his answers to our questions in the video above and more in the text below.

1. Clay Matthews has had to miss practice time due to a hamstring injury this week, but if he’s able to go, how do you see the showdown between cousins Jake and Clay playing out?

"It will be an intense battle. Jake Matthews held his own against Clay in the last meeting on Dec. 8, 2014, at Lambeau Field."

2. Outside of Julio Jones, who has been utilized in the Falcons' passing attack to make sure it’s not just the Julio Jones and Matt Ryan Show?

"Ryan has moved the ball around to eight or nine receivers in most games. He has utilized all three of the tight ends in games, Mohamed Sanu and the backs out of the backfield."

3.Do you think Dan Quinn will think twice before going for it on fourth down after the failure in overtime against San Diego last Sunday? Or will he remain aggressive in those situations?

"He has vowed to stay aggressive. He said he lost sleep over the loss to San Diego, but not over his decision to go for it on fourth down-and-1 from his own 45 in overtime. We need to start calling him 'Fourth Down Dan.'”

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