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Seahawks at Packers Preview: Wilson and Rodgers Meet Again

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For a brief time, it was looking like we could be getting a Geno Smith and Jordan Love matchup. Now that we know Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are healthy and good to go, this game became that much more intriguing. These two quarterbacks are very familiar with each other, as this will be their 9th head-to-head meeting of their illustrious careers. As we stand, each of these QB’s are 3-3 against each other in the regular season and 1-1 head-to-head in the postseason. These two teams have given us some classics over the last decade, and I expect another good one on Sunday. Here’s a preview and my prediction for tomorrow’s Seahawks vs. Packers contest.

Where Each Team Stands

This is a near must-win game for Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, who sit two games below .500 at the moment. Winning the division is a long shot, to say the least. Seattle is currently 4.5 games behind Arizona and 3.5 games behind the 2nd place Rams. The good news? The Seahawks are only one game back in the wild-card race thanks to a top-heavy NFC. If Russell Wilson can lead the Seahawks to the playoffs, they’ll be a tough out for any NFC contender.

As for the Packers, they’re coming off their first loss since that Week 1 meltdown against the Saints. With Rodgers now back under center, this is a Packers team that is certainly capable of making a Super Bowl run in what could be number 12’s last year in Green Bay. The Packers already have a 3.5 game lead in a weak NFC North, but a win on Sunday could go a long way towards getting the top seed in the NFC. Here are some things to keep an eye on in tomorrow’s game.

‘Hawks Pass Game vs. Banged Up Packers Corners

This is a Green Bay defense that has quietly had a great season despite key injuries throughout the year. Pro-bowl corner Jaire Alexander has been on IR since Week 4 with a shoulder injury, and rookie corner Eric Stokes is questionable after missing his first game of the year against the Chiefs. Luckily for the Packers, Kevin King is back and free-agent signing Rasul Douglas has made some big plays during the absences of Alexander and King. Rotating between corners all year, Green Bay has still managed to have one of the best pass defenses in the league, giving up just 6.6 yards per pass attempt and 210 passing yards per game.

This may be their toughest test of the year though, with Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett coming to town. Metcalf and Lockett have combined for nearly 1,200 yards, and Metcalf is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 8 receiving touchdowns. If Seattle’s sub-par offensive line can hold up and give Wilson some time to throw, it could be a long day for Green Bay’s secondary.

Can Seattle Get Stops?

The last time these two teams played, Davante Adams went for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns in the divisional round of the 2019 playoffs. That doesn’t bode well for a Seahawks defense that ranks 29th against the pass this season. Seattle’s also struggled against the run, giving up nearly 130 yards per game on the ground. For a Matt LaFleur offense that is built around the run, look for both Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon to get a high volume of touches.

As for Aaron Rodgers, he usually has no problem shredding defenses when he has time to throw in the pocket. This will be on full display on Sunday against a Seahawks pass rush that has been nonexistent, averaging less than 2 sacks per game. I have no doubt that Russ and the offense will score some points, but it could be a long game for this porous Seattle defense.

Turnover Battle

In what could be a shootout, any turnover could end up being the deciding factor in this game. Taking the ball away from these offenses won’t be easy, though, as both Seattle and Green Bay rank in the top-5 in fewest giveaways. Aaron Rodgers rarely turns the ball over and has a 1.3 career INT%, the best in NFL history. Russell Wilson isn’t far behind, with an interception percentage of just 1.8. Surprisingly, Wilson has struggled taking care of the ball in his career against Green Bay. In 8 career games against the Packers, Russ has thrown 10 picks and just 11 touchdowns. On the flip side, Rodgers has a 15/4 TD/INT ratio in his 12 career games against Seattle.

Green Bay’s defense has not only been better than Seattle’s, but much more opportunistic as well. They have 14 takeaways on the season compared to Seattle’s 8. All signs point to the Packers winning the turnover battle, but I’ll be interested to see if Bobby Wagner, Jamal Adams and that Seahawks defense can step up and make Rodgers uncomfortable.

Prediction

Unfortunately for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, I don’t think it’ll be a happy flight back to Seattle. The Packers are not only the more complete team, but they’re one of the most complete teams in football period. I’m expecting some fireworks from both quarterbacks, but in the end it will be the 3-time MVP that comes out on top.

Final Score: Packers 31, Seahawks 24

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