Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/21/12

Green Bay will not have played a game in 10 days when it faces Seattle on Monday night.

Green Bay dominated hated rival Chicago Thursday night, 23-10.

Both teams are 1-1 and both teams had dismal performances in Week 1 followed by spectacular ones in Week 2.

The Packers' defense that was torched and looked confused in Week 1 against San Francisco created havoc against the Bears, recording seven sacks and four interceptions.

The offense that was second most prolific in league history a year ago has come out sputtering in 2012.

Through eight quarters the offense has just one more touchdown, three, then the Packers' special teams of two.

In two games Green Bay ranks 21st in points and 23rd in yards. Disappointing numbers, albeit against two good defenses. It doesn't get easier Monday. Seattle ranks sixth in total defense and third in points allowed.

Seattle lost to Arizona in week one in a close game that came down to the last play when Seattle had a chance to win. In Week 2 they demolished Dallas in score 27-7, not statistically.

Like Green Bay the Seahawks' offense has been less then stellar. They are 21st in points and 28th in yards. Head coach Pete Carrol seems committed to rookie Russel Wilson over former Packer Matt Flynn at quarterback whom they signed to a fairly big contract this offseason. Wilson has one stinker and one stellar game thus far.

Expect Wilson to continue to have ups and downs. If Seattle hopes to have success Monday night, and moving forward, they will rely heavily on the defense and Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch ranks third in the NFL with 207 rushing yards to go with one touchdown and will pose a challenge for a Packers' defense struggling verse the run.

Seattle has given up just 92 yards rushing in two games. But the Packers cannot abandon the run.

Running the ball accomplishes a number of things, like protecting the Packer defense and keeping the Seahawks' defense somewhat honest. It opens up the play fake and helps the offensive line. All things we saw happen against Chicago but were absent verse San Francisco when Green Bay attempted just nine runs.

Aaron Rodgers has looked anything but sharp in 2012 holding an 89.9 passer rating. He has three touchdowns and two interceptions. He doesn't seem to be seeing the field all that well and is holding the ball to long on to many plays.

Seattle will try to run the ball and control the clock as they have in their first two games, winning time of possession by more then seven minutes in each game. Seattle has 74 rushing attempts to 54 passes through two games.

This will put much pressure on the young defensive line of Green Bay. While they improved in week two they still need to do better. This is the kind of game A. J. Hawk and D. J. Smith also need to perform well in.

The Packers' secondary should have little problem with the Seattle receivers provided defensive coordinator Dom Capers doesn't try to get to cute or complex with the scheme. Doing so in Week 1 was a total disaster.

A game Packer fans chalked up as an easy win looking at the schedule headed into 2012 will be anything but. Seattle is the real deal and I believe the NFL's most improved team. Their defense is strong, coaching solid, running game one of the better in the league, and they would probably be even better with Flynn at the helm but that might be a little bias for the former Packer. Although he did outperformed Wilson in preseason.

For Green Bay to win Monday the Packers' offense cannot abandon the run and will have to avoid turnovers. The defense has to play more like they did in Week 2 than Week 1. This will be a common theme until they get consistent. Lynch was third a season ago in yards after contact and appears to be in the same form this season.

The Packers' defense cannot miss tackles and must gang tackle the strong running Lynch to prevail in this Week 3 Monday night match-up.



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