Seahawks vs. Packers: Lombardi Ave.’s view of the game

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Russell Wilson
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The Seahawks play the Packers on Sunday. How does Ray Rivard of Lombardi Ave. thinking the game will go?

12th Man Rising: Everyone knows Rodgers and Jordy Nelson and others. What young player are Packers fans the most excited about? And which one will have the biggest impact on the 2017 season?

Rivard: The above-mentioned Josh Jones, Kevin King and Kenny Clark are three young players who could make a huge impact on this year’s team. On offense, look to the running back position where there are three rookies behind starter Ty Montgomery. Given the fact that Montgomery has had injuries in the past, I look for one or two of the rookie running backs to be getting a lot of reps by the middle of the season. Of the three rookie running backs – Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Devante Mays – they all have their unique set of skills. While Williams was drafted as the backup, Jones and Mays both have the ability to step in and contribute on a moment’s notice. It will be fun watching all these guys on the field and watching as they get their opportunities.

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12th Man Rising: Who wins on Sunday and why?

Rivard: The home field advantage could play a big role in the outcome of this one. First game of the season and much uncertainty on both sides of the ball make this a hard one to call. But given that the Packers are at home in the season-opener, I see Aaron Rodgers leading Green Bay to at least three scores against this stout Seahawks defense. If Green Bay’s defense can hold Russell Wilson to fewer than three touchdowns, the Packers win by seven. But if the Seahawks can move the ball consistently, it will be a tough game to win. I feel this game will be much closer than last year’s Packers 38-10 win at Lambeau.

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