N.F.L. Week 2 Picks: Cowboys, Packers and Steelers Face Tough Opponents

Packers at Falcons, 8:30 p.m., NBC

Line: Falcons by 2.5

Any mention of last year’s N.F.C. championship game is likely to induce cringing from the Packers and their fans. With a depleted secondary that was not that good when it was healthy, the Packers were crushed by the Falcons, losing, 44-21, while allowing Matt Ryan to throw for 392 yards and four touchdowns.

The Packers, who have typically buttered their bread with offense rather than defense, understood they had a flaw in need of serious correction, and if last week was any indication, they are moving in the right direction. Shutting down Russell Wilson of the Seahawks is a far easier task than dealing with Ryan, but with LaDarius Gunter, the goat of last year’s playoffs, having been demoted from No. 1 cornerback to the waiver wire (he was picked up by Carolina), Green Bay will at least be able to offer a different look, potentially slowing Julio Jones & Co.

On the other side of the ball, Aaron Rodgers sits just two touchdowns short of 300 for his career, a feat he will almost assuredly accomplish faster than any other player in terms of passing attempts. Rodgers has 4,699 career attempts, and the low is by…

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