Despite lackluster seasons, stars still abound for Packers vs. Falcons

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - With just 4 wins each, if you added the Packers and Falcons win totals together, you'd get the expectation for both squads at this point in the season. The losses have dampened the luster on the matchup while stars still abound on both sides of the ball.

“I think if you would have told anybody at the beginning of the year that we would have the records in which we have, I think most people would probably laugh at that,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. “But that's the reality of it.”

“Obviously that's a good team from top to bottom and they have a lot of weapons they can use,” safety Josh Jones said.

“That's a legitimate comparison,” interim coach Joe Philbin said. “They have some outstanding football players. They were a whisker away from winning the Super Bowl two years ago. We are going to have to play very, very well. Their opinions of us, I am sure they are formulating as they prepare for this game. But we just have to worry about ourselves at this point.”

The disappointments on both sides are hard to reconcile. Believe it or not, the Falcons offense with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones has been held to under 20 points in four straight games. But the last time the Packers saw Jones at Lambeau Field, he had 259 receiving yards.

“I have been watching Julio since I was in high school,” rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander said. “He is a great receiver. He has a good quarterback as well to get him the ball.”

“You have to have a competitive nature,” rookie corner Josh Jackson said. “You have to be able to raise your level of intensity, your level of play, and just be able to bring it no matter what.”

Jones is the star on the Falcons side, but Packers receiver Davante Adams has only 1 fewer catch this season. And Adams already has 1,115 yards this season to compare to Jones 1,325 yards, which lead the league. We could see catching greatness Sunday.