The 1-0 Green Bay Packers will host the 0-1 Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of last year’s NFC title game. The Seahawks won in overtime 28-22 after trailing for most of the game earning a spot in the Super Bowl. The home team has gone 9-1 in the last 10 matchups between these 2 teams and the Packers will be looking for some revenge inside what is sure to be a very raucous Lambeau Field crowd. Green Bay is coming off an impressive 31-23 road win over the Chicago Bears while the Seahawks are coming off an 34-31 road defeat to the Saint Louis Rams.
The Packers are playing without all-pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson who is out with an injury and it looked like they hardly skipped a beat. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was able to spread the ball around by completing multiple passes to 5 different receivers. Overall he completed over 78% of his passes by going 18 for 23 with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Wide receiver James Jones was the beneficiary of 2 of those 3 touchdown passes. Running back Eddie Lacy spearheaded the running game by gaining 85 yards on the ground and scoring a touchdown. If there was a weakness for the Packers it was there defensive line, which allowed the Bears Matt Forte to run wild. Forte was able to rush for 141 yards and a touchdown while also catching 5 passes for an additional 25 yards.
Seattle improved its offense in the offseason with the signing of All-pro Tight End Jimmy Graham and he paid immediate dividends by catching a touchdown pass in his first game. Even he wasn’t able to save the Seahawks in week 1 who played inconsistently on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they were able to force 3 fumbles and 2 sacks but still gave up 34 points. This uncharacteristically poor defense performance could be due to the fact that the Seahawks played without all-pro safety Kam Chancellor who is holding out due to a contract dispute. On special-teams, their defense allowed a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. Offensively, they were able to score 31 points but the offensive line allowed Russell Wilson to be sacked 6 times. The Rams were also able to keep all-pro running back Marshawn Lynch in check limiting him to only 73 yards on 18 carries and no touchdowns.
The 34 points allowed last week by the Seahawks was more than they gave up during any game all of last season. The Packers will be home for this game and Kam Chancellors return is not likely for this matchup giving the Packers that much more of an advantage. Both teams were considered favorites last week but while Green Bay covered, the Seahawks did not. While the Packers offense rolled along quite nicely with the absence of Nelson, the Seahawks defense looked in disarray without Chancellor and their offensive line had major difficulty protecting Russell Wilson.
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