Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/8/14

The Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks on Monday night in the first road game of the season for the Packers.

The Packers are coming off a dominating win against the rival Chicago Bears in which they held the Bears to under 200 yards of offense and forced four turnovers.  The defense will have to be equally as strong if the Packers want to win against the Seahawks.

The Packers offense has not been at the same caliber that it was all of last season and it may still not reach that level this week if Greg Jennings has to sit out another game.

The Seahawks defense may also cause some issues for the Packers offense.  While the Seahawks passing defense is middle of the pack in yards per game, their rushing defense is second in the league.  That is currently better than the 49ers rushing defense, which gave the Packers all sorts of fits in week one.  The running game, which had a great week last week, could be in for another rough outing against the strong Seahawks defense.  Expect Rodgers to do a lot of work this game.

The Seahawks are coming off their own dominating performance against the Dallas Cowboys, winning the game 27-7.  The Seahawks are a very tough team to play when they are in front of their crazed fans at CentryLink Field.  The Packers will have to come up with a way to keep the crowd out of it.

The good news is that the Packers defense should be able to contain the Seahawks defense.  The Seahawks passing attack ranks last in the league at only 136 yards per game.  Their rushing game fares much better with 148 yards per game.  If the Packers are able to slow down Marshawn Lynch they will force rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to try and beat them through the air.  Of course the Packers also have to account for Wilson’s ability to run the ball.

The Packers do have some success against the Seahawks, as they are 6-1 against them in their last seven meetings and Rodgers is 2-0 against them in his career, with one of those wins being in Seattle, so Rodgers knows how to handle the Seattle crowd.

Russell Wilson has shown great poise at quarterback so far but if Clay Matthews can bring the pressure he brought against the Bears, he may be able to rattle the young quarterback.  The Packers rushing defense hasn’t been able to slow down the run as well as they have hoped and it will be difficult again this week against Marshawn Lynch but if they gained any momentum from last weeks performance they will perform better at stopping the run this week.

The offense will need to establish the run early against the Seahawks tough defense because if they are not able to it will all be up to Rodgers to move the ball and without Greg Jennings, if he can’ t play, it will be harder on Rodgers.

Green Bay should be able to win this game but it won’t come easy.  If the defense plays as well as it did last week they should be able to shut down the Seahawks offense but if the Packers defense can’t bring that same level of play they could easily lose this one.

The game will be a tight one and whoever wins this won’t blow away their opponent.  The Packers defense keeps up its play, the offense does what it needs to do and the Packers escape Seattle to improve to 2-1.

Three Keys to Victory

  1. Keep the crowd quite – The Packers will have to do their best to make sure the Seattle crowd has no reason to cheer.  The best way to do this is to score often and then hold off Seattle’s offense.  If they can get that crowd to be silent it will be easier for them to remain calm and run their plays
  2. Don’t let them make you one-dimensional – The Packers need to establish the run game early and stick with it.  It will be difficult because of the Seahawks great run defense but if the Packers aren’t able to get some kind of run game going they will be in trouble.  Rodgers can do a lot but with Jennings hurt, he won’t be able to do it all.
  3. Keep Wilson in your sights – The NFL doesn’t have very many scrambling quarterback and while Russell Wilson doesn’t scramble that much, he has the ability to tuck the ball in and take off downfield.  The Packers will have to make sure they keep Wilson’s running to a minimum and hope that the only time he is running is because the Packers are getting pressure on him.




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