Green Bay Packers Must Contain Seattle's Running Game

By Kevin Van Pelt

Steven Bisig- US PRESSWIRE


The Green Bay Packers are coming off a great divisional win against the Chicago Bears, but will now have to go to one of the toughest places to play in the NFL this Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle has a rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson starting for them this season and he has done a solid job in his two starts. However, Seattle’s offense is based around their running attack. Marshawn Lynch gets the bulk of the carries and has carried the ball over 20 times in both games this season. Lynch is coming off a great game against the Dallas Cowboys where he ran the ball 26 times for 122 yards. He has helped the Seahawks average 140 yards rushing yards a game which is second in the league.

As for the Packers, they have corrected their flaws in passing yards allowed so far this season, but now they have had some troubles stopping the run. In Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers weren’t able to contain any run the 49ers had. This enabled them to methodically drive the ball down the field and use plenty of clock. Any team who gameplans against the Packers want to use as much time as possible to keep Green Bay’s high-powered offense off the field.

Green Bay will be playing in a tough environment that will be extremely loud and make it hard to communicate for Aaron Rodgers and company. So with the Packers most likely having a more difficult time scoring this weekend, the defense is going to have to contain the running game of the Seahawks if they want to win the game.

It is early on in the season so the Packers early struggles at stopping the run may just be a fluke. This weekend  will be a great test. The Seahawks will play the same way the 49ers do; they run the clock and rely on their power running game. They aren’t as successful in the passing game so the Packers can put more of an emphasis in stopping the run and letting Wilson try to beat the Packers defense with his arm.


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