Happy Labor Day everyone! Hope you have nothing but fun on the calendar for today! Relax and
enjoy some Packers talk, you deserve it. To all the workers who make this country “work” we salute you! Hope you enjoy your day off and some Packers v. Seahawks talk!
Packernation, if I could put you in a time machine and warp forward to Thursday night, I would do that…I would really. But unfortunately, my portal is down for service. Maybe I should talk to Julius Peppers…that guy looks like he’s young again!
Well, the Packers take on the Seahawks and our favorite NFL humor site, The Cheese is already layin’ down the smack about the Packers gettin’ revenge in this one. But will it happen? Here is the matchup as I see it:
Packers Offense v. Seahawks defense
Starting with Aaron Rodgers and going down the list, the Packers wider receiver corps is, top to bottom…stacked. Add to that Eddie Lacy and the Packers new commitment to throw to him out of the backfield. The Packers have the potential to be the best offense in the league, and they don’t have to have Aaron Rodgers throw 50 touchdowns to do it.
The Seahawks defense is relentless and brutal. They made mince-meat of Peyton Manning and the Broncos last February. But there are several things working against them:
- Aaron Rodgers is like Peyton Manning…but with wheels, baby!
- The Seahawks D has lost some key players, particularly on the D-line
- The Seahawks’ D has NEVER encountered an offense anything like the one that the Packers can now put on the field. The Denver Broncos scored a lot of points in a weak division of the weakest Conference in football. Prepare to be welcomed to the NFC North Seasquawks!
ADVANTAGE – GREEN BAY
Packers defense v. Seahawks offense
The Packers defense struggled agains the…well…let’s just say the Packers defense struggled last year. The safety position was a liability and didn’t have a single interception, the run defense was a sieve, and there was no pass rush. But there is are reasons to believe that this year’s defense will not be the same:
- Julius Peppers to complement a healthy Clay Matthews
- A healthy defense to start the season
- Datone Jones being called out by Mike McCarthy to have a big year (keep an eye on this guy).
- The addition of Ha Ha Clinton Dix who while the second stringer at free safety, will get plenty of reps.
The Packers defense faces the team that was responsible for the infamous “Fail Mary” play. One that Pete Carroll has said the refs got right. The Packers defense has a picture of that play on their wall and in each locker just in case they have any trouble getting stoked for the game.
I know I am going to sound like a homer here and the Seahawks are going to score points in this game at home without a doubt. But This defense is hungry and ready to right some wrongs not just from the Fail Mary but from all the criticism they had to take last season. I think they will win the day.
ADVANTAGE – PACKERS
I will make this short and sweet. I have said before that our special teams (return unit and coverage in particular) need work. While I like how Micah Hyde returns kicks, I think Jeff Janis should have been put in as the kick returner to spread the risk across two players.
Regardless of who returns kicks, the Packers have not proven they can give Aaron Rodgers acceptable field position. I question their decision making and fundamentals. The Seahawks are going to bring it, especially their coverage unit, and I don’t think the Packers are ready. I just hope they don’t hurt us.
ADVANTAGE – SEAHAWKS
So that is what I think we are going to see. You may have noticed I have yet to make a prediction. That will come later after I get my time machine fixed, fast-forward to Thursday, and check the scoreboard. But I want to know where you think the advantages are in this game? What will you be watching for? Let me know in the comments section below. Enjoy your day and…