Monday Night Football- Packers vs Seahawks Preview
After a dramatic day of NFL football filled with exciting late finishes and more replacement ref drama, Week 3 concludes tonight with an NFC clash between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
The game will be live on ESPN in America and on the BBC Red Button in Ireland.
Now without further ado, here is a full preview of Monday Night Football Week 3.
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Stadium– CenturyLink Field
Kickoff- 5:30 p.m. in Atlanta/ 1:30 a.m. Irish Time
What to Watch
Packers Passing Game vs Seahawks Secondary
- The Packers passing game hasn’t got off to it’s usual fast start this season with last year’s MVP Aaron Rodgers missing some of his key weapons. Greg Jennings is questionable for the game with a groin injury.
- As for the Seahawks secondary, although not loaded with star names they are one of the best units in the league. Rising safety Earl Thomas has quickly emerged as the leader of this group and is one of the best free safeties in the NFL. This should make for a terrific matchup battle tonight.
Seahawks Running Game vs Packers Defense
- With rookie quarterback Russell Wilson under center, the Seahawks will lean heavy on the run game to protect Wilson. Marshawn Lynch will lead a group that also features emerging rookie Robert Turbin.
- It’s no secret that the Packers defenses is one of the worst in the NFL after their awful campaign last year. They’ve shown early signs of improvement this season but are still ranked as the 27th worst team in the league against the run. Expect to see Marshawn Lynch and co. get plenty of carries in the run game.
Seahawks Offensive Line vs Packers Pass Rush
- When starting a rookie quarterback, the first objective should always be protection up front. The Seahawks offensive line has done a good job of that so far allowing just five sacks.
- However, their o-line will face their toughest test yet when they come against the Packers pass rush. They already have eleven sacks in the first two games with Clay Mathews registering six of those sacks. Look for Mathews to continue his best ever start to a season tonight.
Who to Watch
Russell Wilson- Quarterback- Seahawks
- I must confess, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Russell Wilson during the draft process. Although I liked his athletic ability and leadership skills, his lack of size was still a big concern in my eyes.
- Prototype size or not, Wilson hasn’t let this bother him and beat out veteran Matt Flynn in training camp to be named the Seahawks starter. Wilson has been highly efficient during his first two starts with an 81.1 quarterback rating and it will be interesting to see how he fares tonight vs the Packers defense.
Earl Thomas- Safety- Seahawks
- Since being the second safety taken in the 2010 draft, Earl Thomas has developed into one of the best in the game. I would even go as far as to place Thomas in the elite class of Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu.
- High praise I know but the former Texas longhorn has also earned the respect of his peers after he was ranked no. 66 on the 2012 NFL Top 100. I see him having a huge game tonight and something tells me he’ll finish the game with at least one interception.
Clay Matthews III- Linebacker- Packers
- As I mentioned earlier, Clay Matthews is off to a monster start to the new campaign and he has already matched his sack total from last year. With a staggering six sacks in the first two games, Matthews appears to have regained some of the quickness of the line that was perhaps missing last season.
- One of the biggest problems that faces opposing offensive lines when trying to stop Matthews is his movement. Whether lined up on the right side or left, look for Clay to find a way to get to the quarterback.
This game will definitely be a close one and there is great chance of a Seahawks upset win.
That being said, I’m still going to have to go for a Packers victory in a closely contested game.
Packers 24 Seahawks 21 (After Overtime)
So that’s your preview and prediction, hope everyone enjoys the big game.