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McCarthy era this week Clay Matthews Jersey , and they set up for a winnable game at home against another struggling team this Sunday afternoon.The Atlanta Falcons come into town mired in a slump, losing each of their last four games to fall to 4-8. That streak came after winning three in a row to reach .500, which followed a three-game losing streak early in the year. Clearly, it has been a season of tough challenges for the Falcons, who had won double-digit games each of the past two seasons.In 2016, the Falcons had an exceptional offense that carried them to the Super Bowl. Last season, a resurgent defense helped drive the Falcons to a playoff win, as they defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round. This year, however, the defense has gone back in the tank while the offense remains an average unit, which has led to a poor record despite a few close losses.For Packers fans around the Midwest, you are largely in luck; local FOX stations in the region (except for Ohio) will broadcast this game.Tune in on Sunday afternoon and get ready with our Game Primer.WHO?Atlanta Falcons (4-8) vs. Green Bay Packers (4-7-1)WHERE?Lambeau FieldGreen Bay, WisconsinWHEN?Sunday Blake Martinez Color Rush Jersey , December 9th, 201812:00 Noon Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern)HOW?TV BroadcastPackers-Falcons in red506sports.comFOX regional broadcastCommentators: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles DavisRadio BroadcastPackers Radio NetworkSirius 83; XM 225ANYTHING ELSE?OddsPackers favored by 5 pointsOver/under total: 50.5Last MeetingsRegular season: Week 2, 2017 — @Falcons 34, Packers 23Playoffs: 2016 NFC Championship — @Falcons 44, Packers 21All-time head-to-head recordRegular season: Packers lead 15-14-0Postseason: Tied 2-2 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers wideout Davante Adams is optimistic that he will be able to play in Green Bay’s season finale against the Detroit Lions, a game in which he would have a shot to break a couple of franchise receiving records.Adams missed practice on Wednesday. The star receiver hurt his right knee in last week’s 44-38 overtime win over the New York Jets.”I see myself being out there. I’m always going to be optimistic. A little sore right now, but we’ll play it throughout the week and see how it feels,” Adams said in the locker room. The Packers (6-8-1) were eliminated from playoff contention two weeks ago. They placed another key starter, Kenny Clark, on injured reserve on Wednesday after the defensive lineman missed the past two games with an elbow injury.With 111 catches, Adams is two shy of breaking the club record set by Sterling Sharpe in 1993. He’s also 134 yards shy of breaking the single-season mark set by Jordy Nelson (1 https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Dave-Robinson-Jersey ,519) in 2014.”Yeah, that would be sweet. We’ll see exactly how it goes,” Adams said about the possibility of setting the records. “Obviously, I’ve got my sights set on trying to win a football game, and if we can accomplish that in the meantime, it would be great.”Green Bay’s lengthy injury report lists nine players who sat out practice on Wednesday, including Adams and five other starters. Cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin), left tackle David Bakhtiari (hip) and linebacker Clay Matthews (back) were among those who sat out.Receiver Randall Cobb (concussion), who missed last week’s game, also sat out practice. Tight end Jimmy Graham (knee/thumb) has regularly missed practices on Wednesdays during the year for maintenance.Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a regular on the injury report this year, said that he plans on playing in the finale even if Bakhtiari can’t go. Bakhtiari, the Packers’ best lineman Aaron Jones Jersey , has often said that he plays if Rodgers plays.Rodgers, who led the Packers’ stirring comeback against the Jets, participated fully in practice with lingering knee and groin injuries.”Well, I plan on playing. So . if anybody has to adjust this week, it’s got to be” Bakhtiari” Rodgers said.Interim head coach Joe Philbin said the intent is for players to go if cleared.”If they’re not ready to go … and it’s not in their best interest to play in the game, then they absolutely won’t play in the game,” Philbin said. “However, if they’re healthy and they’re able to contribute to the success of the team, again — they’re football players and that’s what they should be doing.”NOTES: Starting left guard Lane Taylor and right tackle Bryan Bulaga were limited with knee injuries. Starting safety Kentrell Brice was limited with an ankle injury. … Rookie reserve offensive lineman Alex Light was activated from exempt status after being suspended by the league last week for the Jets game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
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