The final game of the NFL’s divisional round playoff will go Sunday evening from historic Lambeau Field as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Though both of these NFC beasts put together very impressive win-loss records, both teams aren’t without heavy flaws. The analytics experts all season long have ragged on Seattle and Green Bay for vastly outperforming their records, though it is the post-season and one team will need to move on.
Seattle has endured many hardships this season, and has shown some unbelievable resilience in recent weeks. After losing their regular season finale against the Niners, in a matchup that cost them homefield advantage – the Seahawks went out on the road last week in a hostile Philadelphia environment, and beat the Eagles. This is a battle-tested group and though they rely heavily on Russell Wilson, they can still get the job done when it matters most.
For Green Bay, they feasted on NFC North competition, and though their offense has sputtered down the stretch with a fading Aaron Rodgers, it’s still quite tough to count out one of the all-time greats in a playoff situation. With an improved defense supporting him this season, the Packers are definitely in the hunt for yet another Super Bowl title.
But it certainly won’t be easy with MVP-candidate Russell Wilson coming to town. This should be an explosive matchup that stays tight throughout. For more detailed analysis, game breakdown, and betting analysis – keep reading on beneath the odds for the official prediction for Seattle vs. Green Bay in the NFL’s Divisional Round.
Seahawks vs. Packers Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks +4 (-110)
@ Green Bay Packers -4 (-110)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Seahawks vs. Packers Pick:
Though many entered the playoffs down on the Seahawks and specifically their stop unit, let’s not forget that they did have to endure some pretty crucial injuries down the stretch in the regular season.
For the post-season, they’re healthy once again and it is clear that this is certainly a different group. Jadeveon Clowney, Quandre Diggs, and Shaq Griffin are all healthy once again and making a huge impact for the Seahawks’ defense. It’s no secret that the Packers have struggled with pass protection all season, and that scary trio should be able to pose problems for Rodgers all game long. He’ll be pressured and hurried with regularity, and that could pose issues. Making matters worse is the fact that Green Bay is still uncertain on the status of Bryan Bulaga on their offensive line, as the veteran is currently within concussion protocol.
In the run game, Seattle has been quite porous all season at stifling opposing rushers though. The Seahawks will have a tough time dealing with the powerful running ability of the Packers’ Aaron Jones. If Green Bay’s passing game isn’t working with all of the pressure Rodgers is sure to face, the run game could be a decent option to keep the chains moving.
On the other side of the football, like his counterpart in Green Bay, Russell Wilson too will be dealing with poor pass protection. It has been like that for a while now in Seattle, so that is nothing new – but don’t expect that to hinder Wilson’s ability to make magic occur. He’s as elusive and creative as they come at making big plays, and that should be on full display Sunday evening.
With all of Green Bay’s warts, this spread is just too high. The Packers didn’t end their regular season well, and with an extra week off – some rust could be apparent. Seattle is battle-tested, played well last week in a tough environment, and have the best player in football right now in Russell Wison. Green Bay has been fraudulent all season long, and bank on that finally catching up to them. Seattle’s defense will be problematic for a fading Aaron Rodgers, and their offense is too talented not to score points on the road. Expect Seattle to snag the cover and outright victory on Sunday night.