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Packers embrace tough start to 2017

The Packers open their 2017 season with two of the NFC's toughest foes in the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. 

GREEN BAY - Hours after their hard fought 17-9 season opening win over the Seahawks, the Packers had plenty to smile about as they broke down their film.

"What we accomplished yesterday is who we are," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's what we put on film, from that we need to improve."

The first of two tests passed in what is among the toughest two game stretches to begin 2017. One which begins with Seattle and ends in Atlanta as the Falcons open Mercedes Benz Stadium Sunday night.

"That's the type of team you want to open up against and winning brings a lot of confidence to our team," defensive tackle Kenny Clark said.

Those around the league hesitate to give the Green and Gold sympathy however, this is a team fresh off their eighth-straight playoff appearance.

"It's the National Football League, they're all tough games," Packers guard Jahri Evans said. "That's a good defense, it will build our confidence, we'll go out there with the same confidence we did week 1."

It might be only week 2 of the season but don't understate the importance of these two games. The Packers have gone to hostile environments such as Atlanta and Seattle in the past few seasons with a shot at the Super Bowl on the line. It hasn't ended in their favor.

Green Bay would certainly like to actually host a game in the NFC Championship in January, something this team hasn't done since the 2007 season. Changing the scenery would certainly help their case.

"You have to have a certain mentality about it," linebacker Blake Martinez said. "A lot of people think, "Oh gosh we have those games," but at least for our defense and our team, we think about it as this is a great challenge for us, this will rocket launch us through the rest of the season."

With a week 1 win their pocket, the Packers now turn their attention to a new task: A win over the Falcons, and an early head start on homefield advantage in the postseason,

"We played them twice last year, they got us in the playoffs pretty good," linebacker Jake Ryan said. "We're going to look back at that film, see what we did wrong, try to put that on the field in practice and get it corrected."


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