Another week went by, and the Packers couldn’t stay out of the press. This time, with the pursuit of the recently cut and eccentric wideout, Odell Beckham Jr. He signed with the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay is left saying what if? There were plenty of concerns along with financial responsibility and the Pack must move on without the shiny new toy, the vocal fans clamor for.
After all the injuries and sicknesses, we are fortunate to be treated with a Hollywood affair. Sunday’s afternoon thriller is a battle of the husbands, those of Shailene Woodley and Ciara. Seattle comes into Green Bay with a disappointing 3-5 record and is fresh off their bye week with Russell Wilson back at the helm. Meanwhile the Packers come off a headscratcher loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Green Bay was moving the ball successfully at moments and other times it looked rusty to say the least. Inaccurate passes and heavy blitzes were the common theme of the day although Jordan Love showed he has serious grit by surviving the punishing pass rush and popping back up. Special Teams blunders and untimely mistakes compounded the offensive woes and Green Bay suffers a loss in Rodgers’s absence.
The Boogeyman is returning to a chilly Lambeau and unless he plans on running 100 yards, he should be in decent game shape for the tilt. A cold swing is here just in time for the Packers to host 5 of the next 8 games in the frozen tundra. Happy Holidays.
Green Bay hasn’t lost to Seattle at home since 1999. Don’t think because Aaron Rodgers had a week off that will change. Rodgers wasn’t exactly in rhythm before the break either, so expectations aren’t lofty. The last 3 QBs to face Seattle’s defense haven’t eclipsed 230 yards passing which might be more of a knock on the Steelers, Saints and Jaguars. Seattle’s pass defense isn’t known to be an unstoppable force, yet they can cause chaos with their talented front 7 if Green Bay’s line plays like it did last week. Aaron Rodgers is far too gifted to have stacked boxes and excessive blitzes as he will read the open man and deliver the ball with precision. Jamal Adams is a gamechanger around the line of scrimmage and will need to be accounted for if Rodgers is going to have comfortable pockets.
Rodgers props: 266.5 yards and 2.5 TDs
Aaron throws for 315 yards and 3 TDs in a vengeful day
Aaron Jones/AJ Dillon
The RB duo has proven to be the best of both worlds when utilized to their strengths. AJ Dillon runs like he’s on a mission to break spines while Jones shifts and slides his way out of piles with finesse. LaFleur and his staff deserve credit for developing AJ Dillon’s work in the passing game. He is coming off a game with 4 catches to Aaron Jones only 2. Now last week may be a complete irregularity based on who was under center. The pair split carries 12-8 with Aaron Jones outpacing the way.
Aaron Jones props: 14.5 carries 60.5 yards 3.5 catches 25.5 yards
Aaron Jones rushes for 75 yards and hauls in 3 catches for 35 yards and a receiving TD
AJ Dillon props: 8.5 carries 40.5 1.5 catches 9.5 yards
AJ Dillon runs for 35 yards with a rushing TD and brings in 3 catches for 20 yards.
If 12 and 17 are on the field there is about 75 chance every throw is a touchdown. That math checks out. Randall Cobb, Lazard and MVS are sure to field big plays and softer coverage but there is no match for the consistency of Davante’s targets. Davante outmatches whichever assignment from Seattle and their defense has struggled against top flight receivers like Julio Jones, Justin Jefferson, Deebo Samuel and both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. All of those receivers went off for 90 or more receiving yards. Expect a feast day for Davante.
Davante props: 7.5 catches 94.5 yards
Davante snags 10 catches for 140 yards and 2 TDs
Not sure where his stage of development is. Green Bay’s special teams desperately needs a playmaker to open up the game and he has the ability just not the consistent performance. Somehow he hasn’t made too much of an impact at WR either as he sits low on the pecking order.
Whoever is assigned to cover DK Metcalf
Russel Wilson is 0-4 at Lambeau and with good fortune of an upright Aaron Rodgers that trend should continue. Joe Barry and the Packers defense are looking to be a cohesive unit once again on Sunday. Rashan Gary has been playing up to the billing and is forcing pressure on the edge while having chase down speed when it busts outside. De’Vondre Campbell and Krys Barnes will be eyeing up the evasive Russell Wilson. The Seachickens are guaranteed to chase the big shot and is guaranteed to hit one or two. Consistently strong defense and reliable running game is a recipe for success in the back half of the season and Green Bay is the more capable team in both departments.
Green Bay outlasts Seattle 28-27
GO PACK GO