Packers vs. Seahawks: Three things I'll be watching for
It's almost gametime for the Green Bay Packers! Their first road test of the season is in Seattle against the 1-1 Seahawks. Below are three things that I'll be watching for:
1st and 3rd Quarter Offense
The Packers high-powered offense has yet to score a single point in the first or third quarter this season. If the Packers are going to quiet down a raucous crowd in Seattle, they'd need to step on the gas and reach the endzone early. What I'll be watching to see is if the Packers offense is aggressive in taking chances downfield against an underrated defense, or if they play the safe, intermediate routes and settle for 10 play drives.
These Cornerbacks are Huge
You may not know it, but the smallest of the Seahawks starting cornerbacks is Richard Sherman at 6'3", 195. The other starting cornerback is 6'4", 221. These guys hit, and do not back down from anyone. Each had success in keeping Larry Fitzgerald at bay in week one against the Cardinals. What I'll be watching to see is how the Packers offense attacks these huge, physical defensive backs. Route integrity is critical. Something tells me Jermichael Finley will be featured in this game.
Marshawn Freaking Lynch
Seattle's rugged running back is a bruiser who refuses to go down. He's also rushed for 100 yards or better in six straight home games. Moreover, Lynch has 207 yards on the ground in his first two games. While the Packers pass rush and pass defense are improved, they are allowing an average of 140 yards on the ground in two games. What I'll be watching to see is how many players the Packers defense commits to the box in an attempt to make the Seahawks beat them through the air with a rookie quarterback.