Thursday Night Football this week will take us to the Northwest for what feels like an elimination game in the NFC playoff race between the Packers and Seahawks.
Packers offense vs Seahawks defense
We all know about Aaron Rodgers and how good he is, but the Packers running game has actually been producing at a pretty high level, lead by the emergence of Aaron Jones at running back. If the offensive line is able to get some push up front and generate some room for Jones, it’ll help Rodgers out immensely by taking some pressure off of him.
The Seattle defense overall has been solid this season, but they aren’t what they were during the era of Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and all of those guys, but they can still give the Packers some problems, especially with this game being a home game. As I mentioned, this Packers running game has actually been pretty productive as of late, but Seattle has some of the personnel to be able to deal with that because they have a very strong linebacker corp, although K.J. Wright is listed as doubtful, which will be a huge blow if he is in fact unable to go.
Randall Cobb is also out for Green Bay so that will take away one of Rodgers’ top targets, so expect his go-to receiver in this one to be Davante Adams, and for him to lean on Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis at tight end.
This will be a pretty good battle and in my opinion will play a huge factor when it comes to who will win the game.
Seahawks offense vs Packers defense
Russell Wilson is of course the star of the Seattle offense, but the Seahawks have found a running game this season and now they lead the league in rushing yards per game, which has been great for this offense because it has taken so much pressure off of Russell Wilson that has been on him in previous years.
Not only do they have that running game, but that should be able to set up a nice play action passing game for Seattle and with Kentrell Brice and Kevin King out in the secondary for Green Bay, the Seattle passing game should be able to be productive.
I see no reason why this battle wouldn’t go to the Seattle offense. They are already the better unit, but with Green Bay having to travel for a Thursday Night game and having some key players out in the secondary will be really tough to overcome.
I’d give a slight edge to Michael Dickson and Sebastian Janikowski in the kicking game for Seattle, but even more so I give the edge in the return game to Tyler Lockett, to make it a pretty good advantage in special teams for Seattle.
I usually side with the home team in these Thursday Night games, but given some of the key injuries the Packers have in the secondary and they way the Seahawks have been running the ball and shown balance on offense has me really leaning towards Seattle. Aaron Rodgers is of course the great equalizer and can make this game really close and if he really has a special night could lead his team to a win on the road, but I’m still going to go with Seattle because I think too much will be on Rodgers’ shoulders to try and win this game