Seahawks-Packers Preview

Following a week one loss on the road to the St. Louis Rams, the Seattle Seahawks travel once again; this time to Green Bay to play the Packers. Starting a National Football League season with two straight games away from home is tough for any team, but beginning this way against two good teams in even more difficult. The week one loss was not surprising. It would also not be a surprise for the Seahawks to lose in week two. Beginning the year 0-2, however, does not mean the Seahawks will have a bad season, but Seattle would need to rebound quickly. The question this week, though, is how the Seahawks can beat the Packers.

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Better Play from the Offensive Line

The offensive line of the Seahawks has yet to gel. Though the negativity surrounding the unit grew after last week’s performance against the Rams, there are some things that should be kept in mind to temper the pessimism. One, the Rams defensive line is really, really good. Two, the current makeup of the line has, at most, been together for about a month. Offensive lines take a while to learn to play together well. Three, offensive line coach Tom Cable has proven over the years that his squads get better as the season goes on. Hopefully, Seattle fans will see a better performance against the Packers than in week one. If Seattle can control the ball better than in their week one loss, they should be in a position to win the game late.

Give Marshawn Lynch the Ball…A Lot

Lynch plays well against the Packers. In last season’s week one win against the Packers, Lynch ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns. In the NFC Championship game last year, he ran for 157 yards on 25 carries. Even against the Rams last week, Lynch ran for 73. The Rams defensive line is better than the Packers. Matt Forte, the Chicago Bears’ excellent running back, ran for 141 yards against Green Bay in week one, and the Bears as a whole ran for 189. The Seahawks are better than the Bears. If offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell does as Lynch’s mom – Delisa – requests and calls a good game, the game plan will consist of a lot of Marshawn Lynch.

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Secondary Communication Has to Improve

The Seahawks gave up 297 yards passing to Rams quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday. His quarterback rating was 115.1. Seattle does not have a recent history of opposing quarterbacks having much success against them. Of course, the 2015 secondary is not the same as in years past. Safety Kam Chancellor is still holding out. Cornerback Cary Williams may or may not be a good fit for the Legion of Boom. Safety Dion Bailey, playing in place of Chancellor, did not have a good game against the Rams. The secondary gave up eight plays of 20 or more yards to the Rams. Defensive backs Tharold Simon and Jeremy Lane are banged up. The best quarterback on the planet is Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. Last year at home, Rodgers threw for 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Again, 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Rodgers has not had good games against the Seahawks in the last two matchups, and one could assume he wants badly to have a great game this week. A lot of the issues with the Seahawks secondary last week were due to poor communication. The starters have simply not had much time together to feel comfortable. Though Rodgers lost his best receiver, Jordy Nelson, before the season, he still has plenty of weapons and is backed with a good running game. Also, Rams’ tight end Jared Cook had a big week against Seattle on Sunday. The Packers have an athletic tight end in Richard Rodgers. Rodgers to Rodgers might be an all-too-often heard connection in this game. If the Seahawks do not communicate better, and overall just perform better, Rodgers has the ability to make this an ugly game for Seahawks fans.

Russell Wilson Must Play Better

Wilson is a very good quarterback, and a great fit in the Seahawks offense. These facts are not breaking news. Wilson, though, was not good against the Rams. He holds on to the ball too long and takes more hits than he should. He needs to throw the ball away when being rushed. He was sacked six times in week one, and some of that is his fault. This week he needs to be more effective than he was against St. Louis. He needs to get the ball to tight end Jimmy Graham. He needs to get the ball to receiver Tyler Lockett. Wilson needs to trust that his playmakers will be creative. The Seahawks have offensive talent, possibly even more than they have since Wilson has been the quarterback. To win this game, Wilson will need to be very good.

Prediction: Packers 31 Seahawks 20