A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Packers

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers hugs Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan before the NFL football NFC championship game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end:

GAME TWO: GREEN BAY PACKERS

Packers at Falcons, Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m. on Sunday Night Football

No longer with the Packers: Guard T.J. Lang, tight end Jared Cook, safety Micah Hyde, running back Eddie Lacy, defensive end Datone Jones and linebacker Julius Peppers.

Key free agent signings: Cornerback Davon House, guard Jahri Evans, tight end Martellus Bennett, tight end Lance Kendricks and defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois.

The Draftees:

Weaknesses: The Packers need to improve the talent at cornerback position and add some fire to the linebacker corps. The offfensive line is being revamped also.

Strengths: The great Aaron Rodgers directs the offense. Converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery has been a find at running back.

Comment:  The Packers prefer to draft and develop their own players, but this offseason they did spend some cash in free agency. With Rodgers at the controls, the Packers will always be dangerous. The Falcons plastered the Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game on Jan. 22 at the Georgia Dome.

FALCONS SCHEDULE

Exhibition season

Falcons at Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Aug. 10

Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Aug. 20

Arizona Cardinals at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 26

Jacksonville Jaguars at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 31

Regular season

Sept. 10 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Fox — A look at the Bears

Sept. 17 Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. NBC

Sept. 24 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. Fox

Oct. 1 Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS

Oct. 8 BYE

Oct. 15 Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Oct. 22 at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m., NBC

Oct. 29 at New York Jets, 1 p.m., Fox

Nov. 5 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox

Nov. 12 Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., Fox

Nov. 20 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Nov. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 3 Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 7 New Orleans Saints (Thur), 8:25 p.m., NBC/NFL Network/Amazon

Dec. 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon). 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Dec. 24 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 31 Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox

THE FALCONS 2017 DRAFT

MUST READ PROFILE: Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

2017 Falcons report card: Falcons earn a B-plus

NFC Champs add a pass rusher, quality depth 

1st rounder: Meet defensive end Takkarist McKinley

3rd rounder: Meet linebacker Duke Riley

4th rounder: Meet offensive guard Sean Harlow

5th rounder: Meet defensive back Damontae Kazee

5th rounder: Meet running back Brian Hill

5th rounder: Meet tight end Eric Saubert


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