NFC Game Of The Week
Packers (8-7-1 in 2013) at Seahawks (13-3 in 2013)
Packers: Before Aaron went down with that broken collarbone, the Green Bay Packers were 5-2 and quietly cruising in the NFC. The offense was doing its usual and the defense got off the field when they had too. We didn’t hear much about these guys because we spoke so much about San Francisco and Seattle rightfully so and the resurgence of the New Orleans Saints. From an importance standpoint, Aaron is at the top of the list. Look at how much this team struggled without him on the field. They enter the 2014 season as a powerhouse in the NFC and one of the favorites to possibly come out the conference. It all starts Thursday night with a battle in Seattle squaring off against the defending Super Bowl champs.
Seahawks: If you want to get anywhere this year as far as going deep in the playoffs, you’ll more than likely have to go through the twelfth man once again. This is the team you have to knock down from the top in order to get to the top. With a majority of that Super Bowl team coming back this year, Seattle will be poised to make another run for another Lombardi trophy. Their offense is good but I think it could be a bit more potent with a healthy Percy Harvin. Their defense will do their usual damage. Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril will anchor that front seven and Richard will lead that secondary yet again. The Seahawks will celebrate the accomplishments of last season once more than go to work.
Prediction: We’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time. The Packers will enter this game with a chip on their shoulder after what happened two seasons ago. How could we forget the infamous “Fail Mary”? I also feel this game is more important for the Packers because if they want that home-field advantage come playoff time, this is the game they need to win. Marshawn Lynch will be a key factor for the Seahawks on Thursday night. Run the ball and keep Aaron on the sidelines as much as you can. I like Seattle to take this game. Seahawks 27 Packers 17.