Intriguing Game- Week 14
Seattle Seahawks (8-3-1) at Green Bay Packers (6-6)
Seahawks: After the upsetting and embarrassing loss in Tampa Bay, the Seahawks bounced back with a win over their rivals, the Carolina Panthers. Although they got back on the winning side of things, they took a huge hit with the injury to Earl Thomas who broke his leg and is out for the remainder of the season, playoffs included. We talk about the secondary quite often when discussing this defense, we’ve often looked at the impact that Kam Chancellor has and how much of a difference he made when he came back last season. Earl is the glue that holds everything together in the back end. He plays with so much passion and if I had to describe a guy that leaves it all on the field, that’s him. Michael Bennett is now back and he elevates the play of their front seven. The offense is still playing well and Russ has been healthy but moving forward, their offensive line is a cause for concern heading into January. Sunday, they’ll play a team they’ve become very familiar with.
Packers: After dropping four games in a row, the panic button was being pressed repeatedly and they just looked like a complete mess in every phase of the game. The game in Philadelphia really got everyone’s attention. When everything’s going well for the Packers (Rodgers has time to throw the football, the running game isn’t invincible, the offensive line is controlling the line of scrimmage and the defense is getting off the field), it results in wins and I’ve been saying quite often that they just needed to win one game and focus on what was in front of them. Now, they sit back at .500 with four games to play and I think they could get into the playoffs. Remember, the winner in January doesn’t always have to necessarily be the team with the best record, but it’s the team that can get hot when it matters the most. This will be the toughest game on their schedule remaining. Seattle on Sunday, the Bears next week in Chicago, Minnesota at home then they travel to Detroit to face the Lions in what could be the game that decides the NFC North.
Seahawks Player To Watch: Steven Terrell– Everybody better start getting comfortable with this name because we will be hearing a lot of it. This will be the guy that will fill in for Earl Thomas for the remainder of the season and all he needs to do is simply play his own game. Don’t overdo anything and most importantly, don’t try to be what Thomas is.
Packers Player To Watch: Davante Adams– He’s had a nice year and he’s finally back as the number three receiver and he looks comfortable. He’s been targeted quite a bit as of late and I see that same trend continuing on Sunday. He will be in the slot and they’ll attack the middle of the field where Earl Thomas would normally line up to test his replacement.
Prediction: I remember when I did my preview for the NFC as a whole, these were my one and two seeds in the conference. My how things look different as of now. It’s still possible that they can still meet in the playoffs and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did. I like Green Bay at home. Packers 24 Seahawks 14