September 24, 02012
Century Link Field, home of the fans otherwise known as the 12th man, is set to host Monday Night’s showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are coming off impressive wins in week 2 and are looking to improve their record to 2-1. NFLWeather.com forecasts a 30% chance of showers Monday night with mostly cloudy skies and lows around 50. What this means for both teams is that they will have to factor in what mother nature has in store for them Monday night.
The Green Bay offense has yet to really click this season and will face a tough test in Seattle. Running back Cedric Benson improved his performance last week against the Bears but is hardly considered a threat. Not to mention that he faces a Seattle defense that ranks 2nd in the league against the run. Thus, head coach Mike McCarthy is more likely to rely on quarterback Aaron Rodgers to make the plays, even in messy weather.
Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell did not practice on Friday and is questionable for Monday night’s matchup. If Rodgers can expose this matchup with his experienced receivers in the Seahawks secondary, the Packers quarterback could use the slick turf to silence the 12th man. However if Century Link is cold, wet and rowdy, the Packers offensive line could have trouble communicating and protecting Rodgers.
The Seahawks offense on the other hand will look to imitate what San Francisco did in week 1 against the Packers, run the ball. Running back Marshawn Lynch went beast-mode on the Cowboy’s defense last week, rushing for 122 yards and a score. Lynch currently leads the league in carries (47) and is third in rushing yards (207). Expect Pete Carroll to continue feeding the ball to Lynch on what looks to be a cold and cloudy night.
Another key to the Seahawks offense is their linemen keeping quarterback Russell Wilson off the ground. The Green Bay defense will put pressure on Wilson and keep an eye on his mobility with their athletic linebackers. If Wilson can stay off the turf, Sidney Rice will be a good fantasy option. Rice has four touchdowns against the Packers in six career games with the Vikings and now the Seahawks.
If weather does clear up, the Packers offense could finally break out this week. But this game will likely come down to defense and which team can put pressure on the quarterback. In cold, rainy weather, expect a close game.