The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL and their 12th Man will be rocking on Monday Night Football. Few stadiums crowds go as wild as the audience in Seattle and they’ll make sure the Green Bay Packers get a rude welcome.
While the NFC West often gets ripped for begin a weak division, the four teams in the West are currently a combined 6-2. All four West teams also won last week. The Packers should take notice as the Seahawks manhandled the Dallas Cowboys 26-7. If the Packers are thinking they’re just going to breeze to a win, they better think again.
Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks
NFL Betting Odds: Packers -3
How The Packers Can Win
Put in more effort than the Cowboys did last week.
In Week 2, the Cowboys waltzed into Seattle all cocky and got smacked in the face. The Cowboys are a finesse team and they were outworked, outhustled and outphysicalled by a tough Seahawks team. The Packers are going to have to be tougher and if their Week 2 performance is any indication, they’re capable of it.
The Packers running game and defense were absent in Week 1 but showed up in a big way in Week 2. They’ll need to rely on both to get the job done in Seattle.
For Green Bay to win, their offense – as a whole – has to be prolific. This is a team that started with 15 straight wins last season mostly because their passing game was lethal. So far, that hasn’t been the case in 2012 but if they can use their depth at wide receiver and give Aaron Rodgers time to throw, he’ll make Seattle pay.
How The Seahawks Can Win
Feed off the crowd. The Seahawks are a completely different team at home as it charges them up to take their play to new heights. In Week 1, they struggled all the way around in Arizona. In Week 2, they dismantled the Dallas Cowboys, who are a supposed Super Bowl contender.
The Seahawks have a very underrated defense and they should have little problems with a Packers offense that is out of sync. Green Bay doesn’t have a reliable running game, Rodgers isn’t on the same page with James Jones and Greg Jennings, tight end Jermichael Finley has been inconsistent and the Packers have averaged just 22.5 points per game.
The Packers defense has been slacking too as they’ve given up 140 rushing yards per game and that’s going to be a problem with Marshawn Lynch toting the ball. If Seattle has their ground game working and Lynch goes over the 100-yard mark, they’re probably not going to lose.
Seattle is a tough place to play but the Packers will be ready. After watching the Cowboys get spanked, Green Bay won’t fall short in this game due to a lack of effort.
Even so, expect a very physical contest from both sides with defenses dominating. While the side play figures to be a coin flip, take the under in what should be a low scoring game.
NFL Pick: Under