Monday Night Football: Seahawks look to take care of businesss at home against the Packers
Week 2 of Monday Night Football features the Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers. The oddsmakers at BetJambo favor the Packers by 3 points and the total is set at 44.
The Packers have won six of the last seven meetings in this series, going 4-1-2 ATS. The Packers had more time to prepare for this game after playing a Thursday night game last week, beating the Bears 23-10 behind a great defensive performance. The Packers have faced two top-notch defenses so far in the 49ers and the Bears, both at home and their offense has managed as many turnovers as touchdowns (three).
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been pretty good against the Seahawks in his career, completing 62% of his passes for 445 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two starts. Rodgers has struggled somewhat to begin the year, completing 52 of 76 passes for 522 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while taking eight sacks.
One of the problems for the Pack is that their top wide receiver Greg Jennings hasn't been healthy. Jennings missed the last game with a groin injury and is questionable for tonight. Tight end Jermichael Finley has been their most-targeted pass catcher, but he has a mere 73 yards on 17 targets. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson (16 targets) leads the team with 148 yards, while Randall Cobb has caught 10 of his 11 targets, but has gained just 97 yards.
Their ground game improved from Week 1 against the 49ers (45 yards) to the game against the Bears (106 yards) 11 days ago but the Packers also carried the ball twice as much. Green Bay forced four Chicago turnovers last week, which helped contribute to the paltry 168 total yards that the Bears gained on the day. The Packers have the best pass rusher in the league in linebacker Clay Matthews, who has tallied an NFL-best six sacks this season.
The Seahawks on the other hand dominated the Cowboys 27-7 at home last week and now they look to surprise a Packers offense that isn't quite hitting on all cylinders yet. The Seahawks have played conservatively on offense with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson under center, but the defense has been excellent through the first two games. Also keep in mind that Seattle has the best Monday Night Football record in history at 17-8 straight up (68%).
Russell Wilson completed 15 of 20 passes for 151 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against the Cowboys. Offensive tackle Russell Okung missed last week's game due to a bruised knee but he is expected to play in this game. The Seahawks will continue to move the chains with running back Marshawn Lynch, who already has 207 rushing yards this season (3rd-most in league) with an NFC-most 47 carries.
Lynch has faced the Packers just once in his career, posting a pedestrian 64 yards on 17 carries (3.8 yards per carry) in a 34-7 loss in Week 2 of the 2010 season when he was with the Bills. The problem for the Seahaws has been their pass defense, they have surrendered 457 passing yards and 6.0 yards per attempt, which doesn't bode well against the potent Packers air attack.
I like the Packers to prevail in a tough environment, their offense finally came together against the Bears and their defense was fantastic. That was 11 days ago so they should be ready and rested for this game.
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