5 things to know about the Falcons on Thursday

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) makes a pass during the first half against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Packers won, 26-10. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) makes a pass during the first half against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Packers won, 26-10. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons (4-3) are set to face the Green Bay Packers (4-2) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Thursday:

1. Practice. The Falcons will practice at 1:55 p.m. today. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will address the media after practice.

2. Injury report. Running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring strain) and defensive end Dwight Freemey (quadriceps) did not practice on Wednesday. Coach Dan Quinn wouldn’t tell us the grade of Coleman’s strain. Grade 1 is not so bad (mild muscle strain or pull). Grade 2 is problematic (partial muscle tear) and Grade 3 (complete muscle tear) is a long-term deal. CLICK HERE to Read up on hamstring injuries.

3. Will Falcons fade again? The Falcons started 6-1 in 2015. Then they lost to the Buccaneers in a game that included an especially deflating play and then lost their next five games en route to an 8-8 finish. The Falcons are 4-3 this season after blowing a 17-point lead to the Chargers on Sunday for their second consecutive loss. Could that be the start of a similar fade in 2016?

4. Where’s Matty Ice? After two late-game interceptions, some are asking what’s happened to Matty Ice. He’s the one who led the Falcons on 32 game-winning drives and 24 come from behind wins, according to profootballreference.com

5. Tale of the tape. Here’s how the Falcons and Packers stack up statistically:

2016 Regular Season Statistics Rankings
Falcons                                                     Packers
32.7 (1)      Points/Game                         23.3 (14)
433.6 (1)    Total Offense                       344.2 (21)
114.6 (14)   Net Rushing Yards/Game 104.8 (19)
319.0 (2)    Net Passing Yards/Game 239.3 (20)
29:36 (24) Possession Average              31:36 (5)
29.4 (27)    Opponent Points/Game    20.5 (11t)
386.1 (26) Opponent Total Offense     314.0 (7)
91.9 (9)      Opp. Rushing Yards/Game   71.8 (1)
294.3 (31) Opp. Passing Yards/Game 242.2 (15)
+2 (11t)      Turnover Differential              -2 (19t)

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