This Sunday the Green Bay Packers return to a place that they are very familiar with in Century Link Field when they take on the Seattle Seahawks for a chance to advance to the Super Bowl. A few seasons ago the game between the two ended in one of the most controversial calls in NFL History known as the “Fail Mary Play” that cost the Packers a victory against the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. In the first game of the 2014 regular season these two met up again which resulted in a 36-16 beat down of the Packers on prime time television once more.
From that game on both of these clubs took significant turns in regards to their performance for the rest of the season. The Packers would drop to a 1-2 record which would cause fans and analyst to start doubting the mystique of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense until Aaron made the infamous “R.E.L.A.X” remark on his radio show. As a result of that statement the Packers would go 11-2 in their next 13 ballgames, and repeated as NFC North Division Champions for the fourth consecutive season.
The secret is out that you can run on the Seattle Seahawks rush defense as long as you have a solid running game to accomplish the task at hand. The Packers indeed do have that solid running game in Eddie Lacy; they must run the football consistently against this defense in order to have some success this Sunday. This is not the time for Aaron Rodgers to play gun slinger and throw the ball all over the place like he usually does in big game matchups. The Seahawks defense will have ball hawks all over the field waiting for Rodgers to make that costly mistake this Sunday.
I say all of that to say that the Packers only chance of winning this game will have to come from a more balanced approach on offense. The Packers opponent the Seattle Seahawks changed the outlook of their season after they lost a nail bitter on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seahawks won all of their ball games including the sweep of their bitter rival the San Francisco 49ers. The game that put everyone on notice was the 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals who was on top of the NFC West at the time. The Seahawks would go on the win the division and have home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
To go along with the Seahawks second half resurgence was their offense that gained confidence in the passing game. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and their newest weapon Luke Wilson have been a huge upgrade to the Seahawks passing game that struggled to put up points a season ago. It took me a long time to be sold on the dominance of the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League; they completely took me over after that 43-8 beat down in last year’s Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos who was recently eliminated from the playoffs by the Colts.
My prediction for this ball game is that it will go down to the wire in which the Packers defense will allow that one huge play by either Marshawn Lynch or Russell Wilson that will cost them to lose this game and send the Seahawks to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance against the New England Patriots.
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