Seattle (0-1) at Green Bay (1-0)
When: Sunday, September 20th 2015
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Time: 8:30 ET
TV: NBC Radio: XM 226, 225, 88
The Green Bay Packers will come into this Sunday Night contest against Seattle look for a little revenge after last year’s NFC Championship Game loss. Green Bay was nursing a 12-point lead over the Seahawks in the latter stages of the NFC Championship Game last season before the bottom fell out in horrific fashion. Aaron Rodgers tossed three touchdown passes – two to reacquired wideout James Jones – in Green Bay’s 31-23 season-opening victory over Chicago on Sunday. Packers RB Eddie Lacy rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, but was limited to 34 yards in the 2014 season opener versus the Seahawks and 73 in the NFC title game. He will probably have another difficult time tonight and seeing how the Seahawks secondary is a little thin, look for Rodgers to air it out all night. The Packers run defense was poor last week in Chicago as the Bears rushed for 189 yards.
Marshawn Lynch looks to have another big game tonight against the weak Packers run defense. Last year Lynch ran for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Week 1 and 157 yards in the NFC Title game. Seattle is coming off an overtime loss in St. Louis. Teams historically have a tough time reaching the Playoffs when they start 0-2, so this is big game for Seattle. Coach Pete Carroll reiterated that he is “disappointed” in the situation that has led safety Kam Chancellor to remove himself from the team, but is prepared to go without him on Sunday. “Nothing has changed. It really has never been a negotiation. It’s been conversations. Nothing’s changed though,” Carroll told reporters. “…I’m just disappointed like I know he is and everybody is that it hasn’t found a way to get him here. That’s all.” Defensive back Dion Bailey, who made his NFL debut and started in Chancellor’s place against the Rams, gave up the game-tying touchdown to Lance Kendricks in the waning moments of regulation.
This will be a clash of two different offensive styles tonight. Seattle will look to run the ball with Lynch all night, while the Packers will putting the ball in the air. The revenge factor is there as the Packers lost twice to the Seahawks last season. I think Rodgers will have a field day (night) with the Seattle secondary and lead them to an easy win.
Pick: Packers -3.5