Every week, Packers radio play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee, who also co-hosts the “Pro Football Weekly” syndicated radio show with PFW editor-publisher Hub Arkush, answers three pertinent questions about the Packers.
PFW: Is your opinion any higher of James Starks now after what he did against the Eagles? Did he just take advantage of a pretty shaky Eagles run defense, or is this guy perhaps on the cusp of becoming a major “second season” story line?
Larrivee: Starks ran hard, was patient in waiting for his blocking and the Packers did take advantage of what appeared to be a smallish, beat-up Philadelphia front seven. Starks’ performance was eye-opening but it would not surprise me if someone else leads the team in rushing against the Falcons Saturday evening. If that someone else is the quarterback (as it was in the first matchup with Atlanta), then the Packers will be in trouble.
PFW: What is the biggest thing the Packers have to do Saturday night in the rematch against the Falcons, and is there one particular matchup worth focusing on?
Larrivee: In the first matchup, Michael Turner rushed for 110 yards, Matt Ryan completed 24-of-28 passes, but the Packers still almost — and should have won — the game. They did a good job of keeping big plays to a minimum (a 26-yard run by Turner and a 21-yard reception by Tony Gonzalez). I would say stop the run, and run the football, but the Packers didn't do either in the first meeting and almost won. Turner, Gonzalez and WR Roddy White (five catches for 49 yards with a long of 14 in the first game) could pose matchup problems.
PFW: It seemed appropriate that Tramon Williams sealed the deal against the Eagles with the late interception. Did he get screwed in the Pro Bowl voting? And while I’m asking, were there other Packers — I’m thinking specifically of B.J. Raji, Scott Wells and Josh Sitton — who got a raw deal from the Pro Bowl voters?
Larrivee: Tramon Williams was the Packers’ best defensive back this season. Period. Two others went to the Pro Bowl, so I think that answers that question. Raji, and Sitton certainly deserved to go, but every team has a guy or two that should have been selected and wasn’t.