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Packers 60-second rant: Who's next for Pack?

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Enjoying the bye week?

You can rest assured the Packers players and coaches are enjoying it, taking some well-deserved time off to chill out a bit and rest on their laurels, coming off arguably their greatest regular season ever.

Suffice it to say, Matt Flynn couldn't have tied a prettier bow on the Packers' near-perfect regular-season campaign, earning himself what figures to be a considerable chunk of change in the coming months while also no doubt making the Packers feel good about probably the best insurance policy under center of any of the 12 teams in this year's postseason tourney.

Yeah, everybody's feelin' all right roughly 200 miles to the north of PFW's home base — a far cry from the somber mood a few miles down the road in Halas Hall, where Bears owner George McCaskey and team president Ted Phillips spent the late afternoon Tuesday explaining to the local media the Jerry Angelo-Mike Martz double whammy that was delivered earlier in the day.

One of the first things Phillips mentioned in the Tuesday presser was the need for the Bears to catch up to the rest of the division after failing to make the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. Without mentioning them specifically, you knew the Packers were weighing heavily on his mind.

For the Packers, meanwhile, the focus is much more on the upcoming weekend, as they home in on the three possible opponents (Lions, Giants and Falcons) that could be invading Lambeau Field a week from Sunday.

Allow me to finish off this rant with some thoughts on an Atlanta team that I predicted before the season began would win the Super Bowl. My rationale, which I believe I might have talked about in this space way back in early September, was that the Falcons would, in effect, become "Green Bay South," with a fast-paced, pass-oriented offense well-suited for the Georgia Dome carpet and which appeared to be greatly fortified by first-round rookie Julio Jones.

As it turned out, the Falcons were no match for Drew Brees and the Saints in the NFC South and now seem like a long shot to go all the way. But I like Atlanta a lot Saturday evening at the Meadowlands against the Giants, for reasons I can't fully explain.

And if they can pull off what would be considered a small upset, they would come a calling eight days later at Lambeau.

Let's see if I'm right.

In the meantime, enjoy chilling out, my Packer app amigos.

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