Week 1 of the 2017 NFL regular season will feature a fierce rivalry as the Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks. Who walks out of Lambeau Field a winner?
Week 1 of the NFL will premiere two of the most dangerous teams in the NFC. The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks have proved to be very fierce rivals of late. In 2016, the Packers dismantled Russell Wilson’s offense and forced five interceptions to seal a 38-10 win. Can the Pack prove its dominance in this series once again?
Mike McCarthy’s team will be looking at a BIG change when the Seahawks run out of the tunnel at Lambeau. Former Packers running back Eddie Lacy has joined as the newest addition to the 12th man.
Seahawks’ DE Michael Bennett vs. Packers’ LT David Bahktiari
In Week 14 of the 2016 season, Bakhtiari evolved from a fourth-round pick to a Pro Bowl stud. He immediately locked up Bennett and completely restricted him from getting him anywhere near Aaron Rodgers. This time around shouldn’t be any different. Bahktiari has proved himself as one of the best pass-blocking tackles in the league. However, no discrimination to Bennett’s skill set. From time to time he has proved to be one of the fiercest pass rushers.
Seahawks’ CB Richard Sherman vs. Packers WR Davante Adams
This match-up should be an exciting one. In the 2014 NFC Championship Game, Sherman shut down Adams and pulled a pick early on Aaron Rodgers. Hopefully, the Packers don’t pull the same scheme they ran in the 2014 season opener. Mike McCarthy set up a ‘block’ on the right side of the field (where Sherman covers). Adams stayed locked on Sherman while Rodgers threw to only the left side of the field to Jordy Nelson. If the Packers want Adams to create separation and produce receptions, Rodgers needs to put trust in his fourth-year receiver.
Seahawks’ TE Jimmy Graham vs. Packers’ SS Morgan Burnett
Lets get this out of the way: It can be nearly impossible to cover Jimmy Graham. There is no distinguishable way to cover a 6’7″, 265-pound man in the open field. Tackling, covering or block shedding is nearly impossible. However, some are better than others when it comes to fulfilling such a rigorous task. Burnett seemed to do a significant job covering Graham last season in Week 14. Burnett played tight man coverage the whole game and held Graham to only one catch for sixteen yards. He also got a fairly ‘lucky’ interception where Graham fell down in front of him; eventually leaving Burnett a easy lane to intercept the pass.
• In his return to Lambeau Field, Seahawks’ RB Eddie Lacy will rack up over 100 yards.
• Packers’ TE Martellus Bennett will be locked up for to be majority of the game.
• Seahawks’ WR Tyler Lockett will have over 150 yards receiving.
• Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers will combine for 350-plus passing and rushing yards
Dating back to 2003 and including the playoffs, the Seahawks have dropped 7 straight games at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers 27, Seattle Seahawks 24
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