1. At Green Bay Packers, Week 2
Jan 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews (13) recovers an onside kick that bounces off the helmet of Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick (86) as receiver Jordy Nelson (87) and fullback John Kuhn (30) react in the NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks games have blessed the viewing public with the weirdest, but best games in recent history. There’s the infamous Golden Tate touchdown catch (or non-catch) game in 2012.
But everyone will have last year’s NFC Championship Game on their minds when watching this matchup. Remember, that one game that the Packers (or *cough, cough* Brandon Bostick) basically threw away?
While the Seattle Seahawks were able to pull out a victory in that game at home, this will be a monumental task. They’ll be at Lambeau Field, and while they won’t be in the freezing cold, Lambeau is certainly embodies the phrase “hostile environment.”
The Packers boast one of the league’s best offensive lines, led by Brian Bulaga, and also have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers. They have three legitimate wideouts in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, who will certainly challenge the Legion of Boom.
Eddie Lacy has another year of experience under his belt, and his physical running style bodes well for the Packers if they try to play keep away from the Seahawks while keeping the defense on the field.
But the team has improved most at the linebacker spot. And all it took was a few shuffles.
Clay Matthews, a former outside linebacker/defensive end has moved to inside linebacker and will have Julius Peppers and Nick Perry, two very good pass rushers in their own rights on the outside. The Packers did lose Tramon Williams in the offseason, but Sam Shields and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will still be in the secondary.
With three legitimate pass rushers at the linebacker position, the Packers can throw plenty of different looks at the Seahawks’ relatively inexperienced offensive line to get free shots at Russell Wilson in passing situations and to stop Marshawn Lynch before he can get to the second level.
Because the Seahawks’ will have a tough time offensively in Week 2, it’s tough to pick them to win, especially on the road at Lambeau.