The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will face off on Sunday Night Football on NBC. The game will be at 7:30 p.m. at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
These two teams have had some very tough battles in the past couple of years. Seattle has come out on top each of the last three meetings, but the Packers will finally get an opportunity to play at home against the Seahawks.
Green Bay is coming off a nice 31-23 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers looked good in his limited number of snaps going 18 of 23, 189 yards and three touchdowns.
“Newly acquired” James Jones came through big with 4 catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense was a different story, especially the run defense.
Bears running back Matt Forte ran the ball 24 times for 141 yards and had one touchdown. The good thing for Green Bay is that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler once again threw an interception late in the game. This one was picked off by Clay Matthews, which sealed the win for the Pack going 1-0 for the first time in four years.
Rodgers with a huge smile on his face said,
“It’s always fun winning against the Bears.”
Rodgers is now 13-3 career against the Bears so there is no reason not to smile with a record like that against your rival.
The Seattle Seahawks were one of the teams that were bitten by the upset bug on Sunday when they fell 34-31 to the St. Louis Rams in overtime.
All to the joy of Rams fans and especially Rams Twitter account. Before the game Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted out,
After the game the Rams tweeted back,
It is always great to see a team with such bandwagon fans like the Seahawks lose in a game where many people thought they would win.
The Seahawks were driving down the field in OT after the Rams kicked a go-ahead field goal. Then, Hawks running back Marshawn Lynch was stuffed on a 4th and 2, and Seattle moved to 0-1.
Wilson was sacked six times, but still threw 32 of 41 for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
One major part of the Seahawks defensive secondary for the past few seasons has been All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor. He was not in St. Louis on Sunday due to a contract hold out.
The result of him not being there really showed when Rams quarterback Nick Foles threw a touchdown pass to Tight end Lance Kendricks who beat Dion Bailey (Chancellor’s replacement) with 59 seconds left.
There are a couple of weaknesses that both teams might want to look at for the game Sunday night.
Things that the Packers need to take advantage of:
- Lambeau Field – The Packers were 9-0 last year at home outscoring their opponents, 344-184.
- Go After Bailey – If Chancellor doesn’t play Aaron Rodgers will need to target his replacement Dion Bailey for the Packers to have big plays down field.
- Get After Wilson and Lynch – The Rams were able to get six sacks on Wilson and Lynch only ran for 73 yards on 18 carries. If the Packers have any chance of winning, they will have to stop Wilson and Lynch and go after the young defensive secondary (if Chancellor isn’t playing).
Things the Seahawks need to take advantage of:
- Run, run, and run! – The Packers run defense was close to nonexistent on Sunday against the Bears. If Marshawn Lynch gets going, he might have a career game.
- Keep Rodgers off the field – The Chicago Bears were able to run a lot of time off the clock with Rodgers and the Packers offense on the sidelines. The Bears ran 71 plays in 32 minutes compared to the Packers 53 plays in 28 minutes.
- Pressure Rodgers – In the last couple of meetings, the Seahawks defense has sacked Rodgers a total of 12 times. If the Seahawks want to win, they will need to do these three things and a little more.
According to many sources and the halftime report on Monday Night Football, it doesn’t look like Kam Chancellor will be playing against the Packers. Aaron Rodgers, and the receiving crew for the Packers will have a huge game and pick apart the younger and weaker Seahawks secondary.
My prediction is Packers win 34-20!
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The rest of my Week 2 predictions:
Chiefs over Broncos
Giants over Falcons
Rams over Redskins
Panthers over Texans (Texans offense is not very good)
Lions over Vikings (Lions win if DeAndre Levy plays, Vikings win if he doesn’t)
Saints over Bucs (Winston has a lot of growing up to do)
Bills over Patriots (Bills looked very good vs. Colts)
Titans over Browns (Mariota looked like a pro on Sunday)
Cardinals over Bears
Bengals over Chargers
Steelers over 49ers
Ravens over Raiders
Dolphins over Jaguars
Eagles over Cowboys
Colts over Jets
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