After a lengthy layoff the Green Bay Packers will take their high-flying act to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks in their rowdy home stadium.
Green Bay is coming off a huge redemption performance against the Bears in Week 2’s Thursday Night Football and have had ample time to prepare for the Seahawks and the hostile environment they’ll be forced to endure. Green Bay began their season riddled with defensive questions yet again, but an awesome performance last time out against the Bears has calmed the doubters. Green Bay remains explosive on offense and will provide a stiff test for a highly-rated Seahawks defense. On the injury front, star wide-out Greg Jennings may return to the line=up Monday Night after missing the last game against the Bears. Monitor his status in the lead-up to game action as he’ll likely be a true game time decision.
For the Seahawks, it’s the same old story. Mediocre on the road but world beaters at home. After looking unimpressive in Week 1 against Arizona, the Seahawks manhandled a dangerous Cowboys squad last Sunday, and will look to build on that performance against a Super Bowl contender in Green Bay. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been average in the early going, but he’ll need a much more efficient outing if he is to conquer a very opportunistic Packers defense. As is always the case when the Seahawks play at home, when the crowd is loud at CenturyLink Field, they’re as tough as anyone in the entire NFL.
Packers vs. Seahawks Spread & Betting Odds:
Green Bay Packers -3 (-120)
@ Seattle Seahawks +3 (+100)
Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Packers vs. Seahawks Pick:
Expect yet another exciting Monday Night affair between two teams with playoff aspirations in the NFC. Last time we saw the Packers, their defense was amazing against Jay Cutler and the Bears and look for Green Bay to get after Russell Wilson and pressure the rookie into making ill-advised decisions against their turnover-prone secondary.
Marshawn Lynch is a beast in the Seahawks backfield and will be paramount to any success Seattle is going to have against Green Bay. While Green Bay’s secondary has improved recently, they still remain vulnerable to big power-rushers on their defensive front. In Week 2 after Matt Forte went down, Michael Bush gained a lot of yardage against a soft Packers interior. Look for a steady dose of Lynch Monday night to wear the Packers down.
However, beyond the Seahawks running game and their home-field advantage, this game is simply a huge disparity in on-field talent. Sure Seattle’s defense is an active group that has had success so far, but going against the best offense in football is no easy task. Add in the fact that Green Bay seems to have uncovered a running game with the addition of Cedric Benson, and this multi-faceted attack will be a handful for the Seahawks.
The key in this contest will be whether or not Green Bay can get to Russell Wilson and disrupt the youngster’s rhythm in the pocket. Dallas couldn’t and he thrived, but Arizona did, and he struggled. The Packers enter this contest leading the league in sacks after two games with 11, and Clay Matthews has six of them. Russell Okung will return for Seattle and be tasked with guarding the elusive Matthews, though you have to wonder how healthy he’ll be coming off a knee injury.
Expect another impressive showing from Green Bay. These nationally televised stand-alone contests are great for sending messages, and expect the Packers to do just that Monday night. There’s been a lot of doubt and scepticism surrounding this team, and Aaron Rodgers and company are eager to silence their many critics. Look for Green Bay to have minimal trouble moving the football. For Seattle, cornerback Byron Maxwell is likely going to sit out, meaning Green Bay can utilize their mismatches in talent to their advantage.
Green Bay should really get to Wilson at will. They’ve had great success when sending 5 or more rushers to the quarterback this season, and Seattle won’t be able to contain Clay Matthews. Wilson has yet to see pressure like he’ll face Monday night, and will likely be forced into a couple of mistakes and turnovers. On the offensive side, look for the class of the Green Bay attack to shine through. Seattle’s secondary is talented, but the movement of Jennings, Nelson, Finley, Cobb, and Driver can’t be contained when they are clicking. Mike McCarthy is a great coach and strategist, and giving him extra time to prepare for the Seahawks bodes will for his Packers. Green Bay knows these are games they’ve got to win for a high NFC seeding, and a win here helps to keep pace with the Bears. Take Green Bay to go into Seattle and escape with a impressive road victory.
PICK = Packers -3 (-120)