It has been a tough couple of weeks for the Packers, as Green Bay has lost three straight, and now must travel out west this Sunday to take on a Seattle Seahawks team that is going to be searching for a win in the worst of ways. The big questions about the Pack have to do with QB Aaron Rodgers, who toughed out a game this past week at home vs the Falcons, but the Pack was unable to stop rookie Matt Ryan and RB Michael Turner.
Green Bay has dropped to 26th in defense, which was a strong point last season. They are allowing 363.2 yards per game, and 161.4 yards per game on the ground. The Hawks will look to take advantage of that with Juilus Jones, who has been one of the few bright spots this season on offense for Seattle.
The Hawks will be looking for a win anyway they can. They are 1-3, with the only win coming against the awful Rams. They have been bad on offense, and almost as equally as bad on defense. They will have QB Matt Hasselbeck under center, even after a scary hit last week at the Meadowlands vs the Giants in the teams latest setback – 44-6. Hasselbeck has just a QB rating of 57.7, throwing for 656 yards with just two TD’s and four picks.
He should have at least one of his usual WR’s back this week, as Bobby Engram should be able to again play. Last week Deion Branch was in the lineup, but was hurt again, suffering a bruised heel that will likely force him to miss the game against Green Bay. The team might get RB Maurice Morris back to help out Jones, as he’s missed the last three games with a knee sprain. Another WR that could be back is Koren Robinson, who has missed the last two games with a sore knee.
The pass defense of the Hawks is going to be challenged by Rodgers and the Pack. They gave up 9 plays of 15 yards or more vs the Giants, and ended the day allowing 269 yards and three passing TD’s. With the Packers running game struggling, look for Rodgers to throw, and throw often vs the weak Seattle secondary. The Hawks also have been awful in the pass rush department, as they have been unable to put much heat on opposing QB’s in 08.
Look for this game to be a shootout between two teams that are seeking to get back on track. While the Pack has been struggling, they are still in their losing streak playing much better than the Hawks. Seattle is hoping that their home crowd will give them a boost, but with one loss already at home, this is not the same type of home-field advantage as it has been in years past.
The Packers should be able to move the ball and score, and send the Hawks by the end of the day to 1-4, and the Packers should be back to .500 at 3-3.