Monday Night Football Preview 9/24/12
After a thorough thumping of the Cowboys at home last week, the Seattle defense is riding high as it hosts the incredibly efficient Packers. Green Bay had a banner game against Chicago in its last outing, especially on defense where the front seven got to Jay Cutler in a dominant win. It should be a really entertaining matchup from CenturyLink Field.
When Green Bay Has The Ball- The physical and imposing, and tall, Seattle corners have proven advantageous over its first two contests of the season, and their battle with Packers receivers on the outside is what I’m looking forward to the most in this matchup. The front seven for the Seahawks is quite good as well, and are especially menacing with combined with the league’s loudest and most nerve-racking stadium environment. Green Bay would be wise to set the tone with Cedric Benson and the ground game and occasionally take some shots down the field. This is not going to be a high scoring game, but Aaron Rodgers has the ability to overcome the crowd and a confident Seattle unit.
When Seattle Has The Ball- Russell Wilson has never faced such a pressure-packed game in his life. It will be the Seahawks’ job in game planning to make things comfortable for the rookie in a huge stage against an elite team. The Packers front seven will go after Wilson early and often, so it will be crucial to establish Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and the running game right away. The receiving core should be able to get one-on-one opportunities with Green Bay stacking the box.
Bottom Line- As good as Seattle’s defense is, I can’t trust Wilson to win such a big game at this stage. Green Bay 23 Seattle 17