After a set back in Kansas City in week 9, the Green Bay Packers return home to take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Packers will have QB Aaron Rodgers back from the covid list and the Seahawks get Russell Wilson back from injury. These two teams have had some classic games in the past. We won’t rehash those bad memories. There is snow on the ground in Green Bay, so this should be another classic between these two teams. “We want the ball and we’re going to score!” So, lets get right to this weeks game preview.
Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks
- Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
- When: Sunday, November 14 at 3:25pm CST
- TV: CBS
- Broadcasters: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
- Odds: Packers favored by 3.5 points
- Last Meeting: 2019 Divisional Round, at Lambeau Field; Packers 28, Seahawks 23
- All-Time Record: Regular season: Packers lead 11-8-0; Postseason: Packers lead 3-1
Game Preview: 3 Things to Watch
Last week the Kansas City Chiefs absolutely blew up the Packers offensive line. The pressured Jordan Love all day. Nearly every single play, a chiefs defender was in the Packers backfield. I do not expect it to be the same this week. Lafleur failed to adjust to the Chiefs blitz and with Rodgers under center, teams are hesitant to blitz him. Seattle has only 14 sacks and ranks 20th in pass-rushing. I am watching for how the line bounces back this week and performs. Can they keep a clean pocket for Rodgers and open up the running lanes for Aaron Jones? I see the offensive line performing better this week.
I fully expect to see a strong rushing attack Sunday afternoon from the Packers. There are two reasons that I am thinking that the ground attack will be featured. First, Aaron Rodgers is returning from the covid list, so there are questions around the type of shape he is in and also the Packers did list him on the injury report with a toe injury. So, we may not see a 100% Rodgers. Second reason is the weather. There is snow in Green Bay and the conditions make it perfect for the running attack. Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon will be heavily involved in running the ball as well as in the passing attack. The Packers could dink and dunk underneath to the backs which will open up things for Adams.
Packers Secondary vs Seattle WRs
Seattle QB Russell Wilson can simply make things happen. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are one of the best wide receiver duos at creating big plays. Both are averaging over 10.0 yards per target, and together they’ve created 17 catches over 20 yards and 11 touchdowns. These are the Seahawks top receiving targets. The Packers defense is designed to limit the big plays, so they have to contain Wilson and force him to move the football down field by throwing the underneath routes. This should be an exciting matchup to watch between D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and the Packers corners.
Game Preview: Final Analysis
I have not been good at making predictions, but with the Packers returning home and getting Aaron Rodgers back, I see the Packers getting the win in this one. It won’t be easy. I think that Wilson and Rodgers will make this a close game all the way deep into the second half. It will be interesting to see how Rodgers performs after missing 2 weeks of practices, as well as how the Seahawks offense performs after getting Wilson back after several weeks. It could be a slow start but both teams should find their groove in the second half. I think the Packers have more talent to pull this one out.
Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag