The 1-1 Green Bay Packers take to the road for the first time this season when they travel to Seattle to take on rookie quarterback Russel Wilson and the surprising Seahawks on Monday night. Green Bay is favored by 3-points and the NFL odds have the over/under at 46.5.
After being upset by the San Francisco 49ers at home in the season opener, Green Bay bounced-back in a big way with a 23-10 win over the archrival Chicago Bears in Week Two’s Thursday night matchup. The Packers defense, which was much-maligned following the 49ers loss, was dominant against the Bears. It collected seven sacks of quarterback Jay Cutler and added four interceptions of the signal-caller. Additionally, the Packers defense, which made several major additions in the offseason, limited the Bears to just 168 yards of total offense.
That effort doesn’t bode well for Wilson, who will be making his first primetime start in just his third career game.
While the Packers defense appears back on its game, things have yet to get on track on the other side of the ball. The Packers rank in the middle of the league in most offensive categories, but its appearing more likely they will receive a significant boost with the return of wide receiver Greg Jennings from injury. Jennings, who has three times collected over 1,000 yards receiving in a season, missed last week because of a groin injury but has practiced this week and looks like a go against the Seahawks.
Despite the Week One hiccup, the Packers continue to have the looks of one of the NFL’s elite teams. However, CenturyLink Field is one of the loudest stadiums in the league to play in and this being a Monday night affair, the raw emotion inside the stadium figures to help the Seahawks immensely.
With that said, it still may be a little too soon for the Seahawks and its rookie quarterback to knock off one of the league’s elites like the Packers. The prediction here is the Packers cover the 3-point spread.