Here’s what to look for in today’s Seahawks-Packers tilt at Lambeau Field.
Will Packers’ secondary continue to haunt Russell Wilson?
With an almost 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s efficiency is his most revered asset.
In his last three games against the Packers, however, Wilson has thrown 10 interceptions with five in a 38-10 waxing at Lambeau Field last season, the most lopsided loss of his career.
Wilson boasts a 3-2 record against Green Bay (both losses on the road), but in the four regular season matchups he’s completed just 59 percent of his passes.
With Green Bay boasting a new-look secondary and Wilson’s bum ankles of 2016 - injuries that severely limited his pocket mobility — now healed, the trend could change this afternoon.
Who will get the most carries?
As of Sunday morning, just hours before kickoff, it’s unclear who the Seahawks will start at running back.
Projected starter Thomas Rawls (high-ankle sprain) is a game time decision. If he isn’t ready to go, the bruising Eddie Lacy will likely get the bulk of the carries against his former team.
In his first regular season game as a Seahawk, Lacy returns to Lambeau Field where the former Alabama star played the last four seasons.
If Lacy reaches the end zone today, will he make the Lambeau Leap out of habit?UPDATE: Rawls is inactive and Lacy will start.
Seahawks o-line seeks redemption
For the last two seasons, Pro Football Focus ranked Seattle’s offensive line the worst in the NFL.
When starting left tackle George Fant went down with a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago, things continued to look grim.
But Justin Britt has been a proven commodity at center and the addition of Luke Joeckel to left guard is somewhat of a boost. Rees Odhiambo supplanting Fant won’t be a substantial drop and Germaine Ifedi, while not great a season ago, returns at right guard.
This group is experienced, but needs to prove its worth early and keep Wilson healthy. We’ll know by tonight Tom Cable has made the appropriate adjustments with his line, easily the this team’s biggest question mark.
Someone stop that Rodgers guy
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has shredded the stingiest of secondaries, the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom included.
Well, most of it.
The Seahawks were without All-Pro safety Earl Thomas when the team met last year, and Rodgers completed 18 of his 23 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. In 2015, Rodgers was 25 of 35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
A healthy Thomas resumes his ballhawking duties alongside the LOB’s charter members, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. Seattle also added immense depth to its secondary in the draft, taking corner Shaq Griffin and safety Delano in Hill in third round and safety Tedric Thompson in the fourth.
Seahawks’ stalwart seven
Seattle already boasted one of the more formidable front sevens in league before recently signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
If Richardson, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Jarran Reed,, Marcus Smith and Frank Clark can hurry Rodgers into a some throws and plug up the inside, the dynamic of this game changes entirely.
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