The Green Bay Packers are at the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night, for an NFC showdown. The two teams have very similar records, making the game an important one for both sides. The Packers are currently holding a 4-4-1 record, which puts them only two games behind the Bears. Aaron Rodgers will be looking to win this game, giving his Packers a chance at the playoffs. The Seahawks will be looking for a win also, which should provide a shootout form two solid quarterbacks.
The Green Bay Packers will be looking for a lot of production on offense, with Rodgers being the driving force. The Packers will be without receiver Randall Cobb, which puts Rodgers without one of his main targets. He will be looking for Davante Adams to produce for him, and others such as Graham and Valdes-Scantling. Green Bay is scoring around 25 points per game, which is a solid production placing them 13th currently in the league. Rodgers will be looking to produce a good amount of points, as Wilson will be pushing on the other side of the ball. The Packers run game will need to continue to take strides, Aaron Jones last week rushed for 145 yards. Jones will be looking for similar production, which will help out Rodgers in the passing game.
The Packers defense has to deal with one of the more versatile quarterbacks in the league, that being Russel Wilson. Wilson has been driving the Seahawks offense all year, creating production wherever he can. The Packers defense held the Dolphins last week to only 12 points, in a dominant performance. Wilson however nearly led the Seahawks to a win against the 9-1 Rams last week, so the defense will be looking to put in a good performance. If the pass rush of the Packers can contain Wilson, keeping him tight in the pocket, that will limit production. Wilsons ability to scramble, and extend the play, is where he is dangerous. The Seahawks run game has been improving, which will apply a bit more pressure to the Packers defensive line.
A win for the Packers would provide more momentum, following last weeks win against the Dolphins. Aaron Rodgers is trying to bring his Packers back to the top of the NFC North, and a win against Seattle would help that. The Packers hitting stride late in the season could bring them a playoff birth, where sky becomes the limit for Rodgers.