By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The Green Bay Packers will invade CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon to battle the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.
Green Bay is coming off a 26-21 home victory which they earned last weekend over the Dallas Cowboys.
Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was visibly limping the entire game due to his torn left calf muscle, but that didn’t stop the former NFL MVP from throwing for 316 yards and 3 touchdown scores.
Whether or not Rodgers will be able to find similar success against the always dangerous Seattle defense remains to be seen.
In order to defeat the Seahawks, Rodgers will have to perform at his very best while getting solid performances from his supporting cast.
Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy will need to help move the ball on the ground if the Packers have any hope of finding success through the air.
Packers receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will be in tough against the “Legion of Boom”, but I still think they can put up some decent numbers offensively.
On the defensive side of the ball, Green Bay will have to focus on stopping “The Beast” that is Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
If Clay Mathews and company can keep Russell Wilson from utilizing his read-option plays, then the Packers will definitely have a chance to win.
Meanwhile, the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks rolled over the Carolina Panthers this past weekend, earning a 31-17 home victory.
The Seahawks have gone 27-3 in their past 30 games at CenturyLink Field.
Russell Wilson passed for 268 yards and 3 touchdown passes in last weekend’s win over Carolina.
The Seahawks defense has given up an unprecedented 57 total points in their past 7 games.
Marshawn Lynch will be looking to have another “Beast Mode” type of performance against a Green Bay defense who has struggled against the run this season.
Las Vegas currently has Seattle pegged as a -7 point home favorite, with the over/under set at 47 points.
If Rodgers was at full health, I would give Green Bay a legitimate shot at coming away with the win.
Unfortunately for Packers fans, that is not the case.
I predict that Seattle wins and covers the spread, defeating Green Bay by a final score of 31-20.
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