Predictions: Week 1, Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

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Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Oh, is it football season? Well, sure enough! Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks kicks it all off and here’s how we’re picking the game.

Shawn Neuser (0-0): First let me get it off my chest that I HATE starting a football season on a Thursday. A football season should start on a Sunday, not on a damn work day, and everyone should start on the same day so that there is a true celebration to the start of the football season. So, as lame as it is for ANYONE to play on a Thursday in week 1, the lameosity rises 100-fold when it’s the Green Bay Packers.

It is essentially a lose-lose situation. If the Packers win, you’ll be pumped for more and annoyed that you have to wait 10 days to see another game. If the Packers lose, it will be twice as bad.

Regardless, the NFL should have picked themselves a winner as far as games to open the season with. As good as the Seahawks are likely to be, the Packers haven’t been outclassed by anyone since 2006 and should be able to stay in the game. Though the 2013 Denver Broncos may statistically have been the greatest offense of all time, I think the Packers offense might be the truest test of the Seattle defense.

In a match up of great offense versus great defense, I believe the offense has the advantage as long as it can stay balanced. Any offense with a one-sided attack is going to get throttled by a quality defense. The Broncos never got the running game going in the Super Bowl and paid the price. In Eddie Lacy, the Packers have something that the Broncos didn’t. If Lacy can get going, the Seahawks defense, as formidable as it is, ends up in the same quandary as anyone else. The Packers scored on every possession that Lacy was in the game this preseason. Of course, that’s preseason and the Packers never faced anything like the Seahawks defense at home.

The Seahawks would be remiss to not go after rookie center Corey Linsley with stunts and linebacker blitzes. No one knows how well he will hold up. Linsley has talked about playing in the Big House in college, but against this defense in this stadium, Dorothy will quickly discover that he ain’t in Kansas anymore.

I believe that Lacy and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson are the keys to the game. If Lacy can average better than three yards per carry, the Packers will put points on the board. If they do, then Russell Wilson will be obliged to answer. Wilson has not played particularly well in the game and a half of action that he’s had against the Packers defense. Wilson was not playing great ball at the end of last season. Fortunately for him, he didn’t need to.

Pete Carroll was allegedly going to let Wilson loose this season, at least, more than last year. Do we see another year of improvement from Wilson or is he going to plateau? We will see. One thing we know for sure is that he is a big game player and that he might have ample help from running back Marshawn Lynch. We have seen it all preseason, but the question still remains — can the smaller Packers defense hold up against a power running team?

One area where the Packers have a clear advantage is in how their defensive backs match up with Seattle’s receivers. If given time, I expect Wilson to go after the Packers’ safeties and linebackers — same as everyone else — but I think that if the defensive line holds up against the run, then the Packers’ secondary will make it hard on Wilson to carry the offense by himself.

I believe this game could go about a hundred different ways, but I am going to call it like this. I believe that Mike Daniels and company will hold up their end of the bargain and stifle the Seahawks’ running attack. I believe Wilson will be fine and make some plays, but I think the Packers secondary will make it difficult for him to put up consistent points. The Packers offense will find intermittent success. I think the Seahawks go ahead early before the Packers defense settles in. The Packers offense will make it interesting in the second half, but ultimately, I think once again that Wilson and the Seattle offense make the final play.

Seahawks 24, Packers 20

Oh, and watch out for the referees. We are going to find out just how serious the league is about enforcing pass interference, illegal contact and illegal hands to the face. The Seattle defense is notorious for holding in the secondary, but don’t expect the Packers to get all the calls because that just isn’t how the NFL rolls.

Andrew Chitko (0-0): First of all… football starting on a Thursday night is awesome! Why? Because it’s a few days before Sunday of course. That’s just three less days of hand-wringing, heart palpitations and overall eagerness about what has been missing in our lives for the past six months. I love the marquee Thursday night match up to start the year and I downright relish it when the Packers are involved. It’s almost as good as an additional bye week for the Green and Gold this year. No matter what happens in this first game versus the defending champs, the Packers will have more time to rest their week 1 weary bones and get significantly more preparation time than the New York Jets, their opponents in week 2. Granted, as noted previously by my esteemed colleague… win, lose or draw in week one and that wait for game two will be an excruciating one.

The Seahawks are a bunch of cheaters. They are led by the king cheater, who carries great credentials on his cheating resume. He deserted the college program he knew was about to get gutted and then had the audacity to say had he known they would face sanctions, he would have stayed to face the music. Laughable. He still hasn’t admitted the Fail Mary was a bad call. He dances and prances around the sideline like a little pansy rather than a respectable leader. He is considered by some to be one of the best coaches in the NFL. How he has the respect of anyone including his own players is anyone’s guess.

The stadium will be loud. The action will be fast and furious early and will undoubtedly be followed by fatigue, a familiar foe in the first football game of the year. Who will handle it better? The team with a history of performance enhancing drug users and illegal offseason full-contact practices must be considered the favorite over the team typically scared stiff of even getting near each other in training camp. Eddie Lacy would seem to thrive in this scenario of fatigue, but he will not be able to do it alone.

I think the Packers defense’s lack of fitness shows up in the fourth quarter as the Seahawks stretch their lead. The Packers will have opportunities to win, but red zone woes on offense and at least one dropped interception on defense will prove to be too much to overcome.

Seahawks 23, Packers 19

Monty McMahon (0-0): I could care less when this game is played. The Seahawks can lick the sweat off my taint.

It’s not so much the team that I’m developing a healthy dislike for, it’s the fans. They’re a bunch of Johnny Come Latelys who suddenly think they know shit about football because they followed their team for one season and that team happened to win the Super Bowl.

I have a friend from Spokane. She has a shirt that says “I Like Big Sacks,” followed by “Legion of Boom.” I made the comment that hey, you realize the Legion of Boom is a nickname for your defensive backs and therefore your shirt makes very little sense?

She was completely unaware of this, of course, but one of her moron friends was quick with an argument that went something like this. “But yeah, our defensive backs make big sacks, like that one time so-and-so sacked such-and-such.”

I bowed out of the conversation at that point, but not before telling him I was dumber for listening to his argument.

But oh, I bet all of these morons are going to be loud tonight.

LOUD! CROWD NOISE! WE’RE NO. 1 AT CROWD NOISE! WOOOOOOOO!

[feigns masturbating motion with disinterested look on face]

My head tells me not to pick the Packers in this game, but my gut tells me something else. It tells me Seattle is going to be riding high, patting themselves on the back for winning the Super Bowl and soaking in all the adulation.

Because they know nothing of winning. Last year is the first time they’ve won shit.

I see Seattle coming in unfocused and overconfident. I see Green Bay coming in the exact opposite.

Hungry. Laser-focused.

I don’t care whose defense we’re talking about, I don’t see anyone stopping the Packers offense so long as Aaron Rodgers and Easy Eddie Lacy are upright. What every matchup is probably going to come down to for me is whether the Packers defensive line can do anything at all.

Over the long haul, I have my doubts. However, I think Seattle is going to be out of sync, so I don’t think the defensive line will HAVE to do much of anything.

Yeah, that’s right.

Packers 24, Seahawks 13

About The Author

Shawn Neuser attended UWGB and lives and works in Green Bay. He enjoys long walks on the beach and being intimate with game film.

29 Comments on "Predictions: Week 1, Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks"

  1. rebelgb

    After initially thinking all week that the Pack was likely to lose tonight; I have changed my mind. I have to go with Monty on this one. The Packers looked laser focused in pre-season and I think the Mike Mccarthy led Pack will be the same tonight. Seattle is a bunch of blow hards we haven’t seen the likes of since the 1993 Cowboys.
    Look for our defense to struggle in the first quarter and then settle down to hold Wilson to under 200 yards passing and Lynch to less than 90 rushing.
    I see Eddie Lacy hitting his groove halfway through the second quarter and having a good night rushing by games end. This will open up Jordyn and Cobb for 2 or 3 big plays. Enough to win on the road in a tough environment.
    Green Bay 20 / Sea Chickens 17.
    Now that the huge pile of shit named Schwartz is no longer a head coach, Pete Carrol has taken over as the biggest piece of shit in the NFL, according to me.

  2. ROY D. MERCER

    By the way, the Aggies of Texas A&M boast the 12th man, their fans at Kyle Field. The Seahawks fans can’t even find their own name; they have to steal one. Cheaters.

  3. ROY D. MERCER

    And the Packers are fixin’ to open a 50-gallon drum of whoop-ass and pour it all over the Seahawks. By God, it’s gonna be a good ole fashioned country ass whoopin’.

  4. Deepsky

    Here’s my predictions.

    The Seahawks will continue to grab, pull, hold, etc, the Packer receivers and will only be called for it once at the beginning of the game. The Packers will be called for it more often than the Seahawks.

    The Seahawks will initiate a pushing or punching incident 4 times, will never be called for it, and the Packers will be called twice for Personal Fouls in the retaliation.

    A questionable late hit call will be charged to the Packers for hitting Russell Wilson.

    Some non-existant Packer penalty will nullify a Seahawks turnover.

    Some Packer player will be knocked out of the game with a concussion with a blatent helmet to helmet contact. It will be the only personal foul against Seattle.

    Favoritism happens to all home teams, but at CenturyLink field the Seahawks get more favorable calls than any team the history of the NFL.

  5. SEAHAWKSOWNYOU

    TITLE DEFENSE BEGINS TONIGHT YOU FUDGE PACKING FAGGOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me we are going deep inside your anal cavity and destroying that shit. 44-3. FUCK YOU and your old ass trophies.

      • Howard

        Exactly the guy or gal is nothing more than a punk kid. Hey Seahawks WE own you listen up. You can not go through life dumb, delusional, and drugged out. You need to come out of the darkness and into the light. Get off your train to destruction and find another train. There is a train leaving Green Bay headed to the Super Bowl but it is full so you should try getting on the 49 ers train (forget about the darkness comment you are lost).

  6. Dean Ween

    Tried and true- totalpackers.com is the best Packer website out there! Love your humor, candid commentary, and that you tell it like it is. Thank you for the entertainment and not requiring some f’ing subscription!!

  7. Howard

    Our offense is more balanced than the last time we played the chronic cheaters and our defense has more play makers. The unknown is what twists have we added to the D. I think we will attack more and be less predictable.

    The keys other than the obvious turnover differential and injuries will be (1) No big plays allowed to Seattle special teams, (2) our tight ends and backs receive for over 100 yards, (3) our backs run for over 100 yards. If we achieve those goals we win. I really see us throwing a lot to the backs and tight ends in this game.

    Go PACK and have a pleasant VICTORY flight home.

  8. Phatgzus

    Awesome right up yous threes guyses, love the different perspectives on the scheduling consequences. If the Packers are in the same form as Monty is I think we all will be alright.

    The Pack matchup very well vs. the Shesquawks, and I believe they (the Pack) have a better D than in the last 2 seasons.

    As for fatigue I think it’ll take its toll on both sides but will favor us, esp. Lacy and Rodjas (who I doubt will be all that tired). If the no-huddle gets going early and we chase li’l Russell around I think the 4th will be entirely ours.

  9. Jurgens

    Shawn is right, watch the refs. I predict that the Packers will be flagged six to ten times for defensive holding to say like one or two flags for Seattle.

    Mark my words: The game will be decided by a play where the Seattle secondary will make an aggressive contact play on the ball and they will not get flagged.

  10. I completely agree with Monty on this one. Most Hawk fans are a bunch of fair weather chumps who didn’t even know Seattle had a football team until they started winning. I was in the “Hawk’s Nest” in 2012 and watched the “12th Man” support their team by leaving the stadium in droves after the Packers got the ball back with under 2 minutes to go.

  11. Nacho Libre

    Let’s all try to ignore the 12th fag and all his comments about male penetration. The guy was obviously sexually abused on numerous occasions so he feels the need to vent his frustration somehow. So now that you got it out of your system, for the third time please GO FUCK YOURSELF you pole smoking piece of mongoloid shit.

  12. Nurseratchett@work

    Monty, I love your enthusiasm & positive thinking. Your mouth to God’s ears.

    GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!

  13. SEAHAWKSOWNYOU

    I REALLY DO NOT BELIEVE THE SEAHAWKS WILL WIN TONIGHT, WHEN RUSSELL WILSON GETS DESTROYED BY CLAY MATTHEWS AND JULIUS PEPPERS AND THE HAWKS LOSE I WILL — — USE MY TEARS AS LUBRICANT AS I JERK OFF TO ALL OF MY PICTURES OF PETE CARROLL.

  14. Don Q

    2011 was 3 years ago SEAHAWKSBLOWDUDES, and talking about assraping dudes, really! Try using logic to talk your shit and you might get more respect.

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