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The Packers had a rough start in their Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers as they struggled on both sides of the ball. The defense had their first big test going against one of the best teams in the NFL and they didn’t do well. This led to some panic outside of the Green Bay organization about the defense. In Week 2, the Packers defense looked like a completely different team, sacking Jay Cutler seven times and intercepting him three times. Now the defense will be going up against a rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson.
While the Packers will be going up against a rookie quarterback, it will still be difficult for the defense to create turnovers or rattle Wilson who has taken care of the ball very well in his short time in the league. It is the running game of Seattle led by Marshawn Lynch that the Packers needs to worry about. Through two games, the Seahawks have averaged 140 yards rushing per game while the Packers defense has allowed 140 yards rushing per game. The Packers will need to stack the box and contain Lynch to short gains and let Wilson try to beat them.
As for the Packers offense, they have yet to find their stride from last season, struggling to get the passing attack into form. They might be without their number one receiver Greg Jennings who is still ailing from a groin injury he suffered in Week 1. Jennings will be missed this week and it will take away the biggest deep threat for Aaron Rodgers.
The gameplan for the Packers will be simple, get off to a fast start. Playing in Seattle is one of the toughest things to do in the NFL as the crowd noise is always very loud and it is hard for opposing offenses to communicate. If the Packers can start out fast and use their no-huddle offense to get down the field quickly and score, they can quiet the crowd and get momentum for the rest of the game.
Seattle on the other hand will most likely have a complete opposite approach to the game. They will rely on their running game and take advantage of the Packers inability to stop the run. They will try to slow the game down and have long sustaining drives that will keep the Packers offense off the field for as long as possible.
On the injury front, both teams will be coming into this game pretty healthy. The Packers might be missing Jennings, but other than that they will not be missing any key players. Running back James Starks, who missed the first two games this season due to a turf toe injury, has returned to practice this week and the Packers may get him back soon. Seattle is optimistic about Zach Miller being able to play this weekend as he has been battle a foot injury this entire season.
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