The road to the Super Bowl for the NFC runs through Century Link Field in Seattle.
This game is going to come down to the quarterbacks. And forgive me Packer fans, with Aaron Rodgers at less than 100%, I don’t see the Packers winning this game.
Not that Rodgers won’t give a valiant effort. But his inability to extend plays is going to limit his scoring chances. The Seahawk defensive line will be after him all game long…and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn won’t be putting in any special blitz packages. He is going to rely on the defensive line, as he has all year long, to pressure Rodgers and allow the linebackers and secondary to take care of the receivers.
If the Seahawks win the coin toss, this may be the time we take the ball instead of deferring to the second half. Packers have the 23rd ranked run defense in the NFL. I could see Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel getting the rock to Marshawn Lynch early as well as Robert Turbin.
Russell Wilson, if he plays as effectively as he did against the Panthers he should do well against the Packers. Pack finished 10th in the league on pass defense but that may be skewed as teams may not have thrown as much because they ran the ball more.
Packers have allowed 50 passing plays of 20 yards or more and 8 yards of 40 yards or more.
Playoff experience doesn’t come into play for this game. Both teams have great playoff records but the Seahawks come into this game healthier than the Packers which will make the difference.
And for those of you who know I am a Detroit Lions fan, no, I am not picking the Hawks because of the Packers being a division rival. I am picking the Hawks because right now, they are the better team.
I have a ton of respect for the Packer organization and really, this game could go either way. But I like the Seattle defense to take care of business in this game.