In recent years, Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, is a place the Seattle Seahawks have been susceptible to losing. But, with a new season brings new beginnings and a hope for success.
Seattle Seahawks Secondary vs quarterback Aaron Rodgers
A season ago, Seattle flew out to Green Bay in Week 14. This was an important game for the Seahawks because a week prior, safety Earl Thomas broke his leg colliding with strong safety Kam Chancellor against Carolina.
There is one massive reason the last game was an uphill climb before the teams even took the field. Arguably, the best free safety in the National Football League was not roaming the secondary against, arguably, the best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
So after that nice history lesson, insert a healthy Earl Thomas and a rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin and veteran Jeremy Lane. Now, I put Lane second because last year his performance was abysmal, especially when he faced Packers receiver Davante Adams.
Here are two things 12s should keep an out for on Sunday:
- The performances of cornerbacks Jeremy Lane and Shaquill Griffin. In the last game, Lane was exposed against Aaron Rodgers. Quite frankly, 12s should remember it as, are we really going to miss Earl Thomas this bad? Yes. I am excited to see Griffin’s growth against Rodger’s throughout the course of a game. A rookie versus one of the league’s best.
- How will cornerback Richard Sherman perform in Week 1? Now, there were a lot of stories regarding Sherman throughout the off-season, speculation on whether he would even be dressing in blue and green anymore.
With a new chip on his shoulder, if Sherman is able to shine and lock down whomever he is guarding, it will give Thomas more of an opportunity to help a more pressing need: helping the side opposite Sherman. Also, great coverage will cause more coverage sacks.
In a game against Aaron Rodgers and his receivers, big plays are bound to happen. As long as the Seahawks can limit them, keep them out of the endzone and live to play another down in a series, the Seahawks will be ok. The secondary can only improve their chances for more turnovers, as the opportunities will be there.
Not-So Fun Facts
- Seattle has not won in Green Bay since 1999
- In the last three contests, Seattle has been outscored in Green Bay, 113-37.
- Russell Wilson has thrown six interceptions in the last two games in Wisconsin. In Week 14 of the 2016 season, he threw five picks.