Most of today’s news involves coaching staff additions (and yes, expect John Fox to interview with the Bears very soon), while Packernation revels in the confidence of a team with GM, head coach, and franchise quarterback locked up. At the same time, the Packers have a lot to prove on Championship Sunday. Can Aaron Rodgers hold up with his injured calf? Can the defense keep the Seahawks and their Russell Wilson-led offense at bay. Can Eddie Lacy stay in this whole game, and be as impactful as he can be? Can Jordy Nelson shake free for a catch on Sherman? These and more questions will be answered on Sunday.
Linsley and the O-line
When the Packers once again line up against the Seahawks Sunday, a few things will be different. One that is often overlooked is that our starting center will have an entire season under his belt. Corey Linsley had one gaff in the Cowboys game but overall has been anchoring this offensive line admirably. The Packers offensive line is playing great football right now and the task to protect Aaron only gets greater going into Seattle. I think they get it done.
The Seahawks put starting defensive tackle Jordan Hill on IR on the 6th which will reduce the certainty that the Seahawks can get to Aaron Rodgers without needing to blitz as they did in the first meeting. If the O-line holds the way I think they can, it will be up to Aaron to deliver the ball from the pocket as his mobility will no doubt be again limited.
It is not only the positional play of Clay Matthews that has changed about this defense. Dom Capers has been showing that he will get all his weapons on the field…even those that some Packers fans would rather not see (Brad Jones). If Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can have big days…guys like Datone Jones, Mike Neal, and Mike Daniels will also thrive. In the NFC West, the Seahawks have played a lot of great defenses.
Russell Wilson threw for 3 touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers, can the Packers defense slow him down? The challenge will be great but this is a very different Packers defense than the one the Seahawks played in September.
Well, it is hard to believe that the last time these two teams met was the first game of the season, and they meet again in the NFC Championship game to determine the NFC rep in the Super Bowl. The season has come full circle and it is time to right the wrongs of the last meeting…more specifically, it is time for the Packers to get another big win!