The Seahawks play the Packers at home on Thursday. Will Seattle even its record to 5-5? Here is what our staff thinks.
The Seahawks face another great quarterback on Thursday when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers visit Seattle. Seattle should be pretty used to going up against fantastic quarterbacks at this point. But Rodgers may be the best they will face.
Who wins on Thursday? Here are what the 12th Man Rising staff has to say.
Kevin Daggett (co-host the 12th Man Rising podcast)
Seriously? The Seahawks had a chance to beat the Rams twice and didn’t? Disagree with me that’s fine but…That is what separates the elite QBs in the league from Russell Wilson. Sure, he may not have the players around him but the other guys seem to will their teams to win those games. Now we host one of those elite QBs in Rodgers and his squad. Green Bay, though, is struggling this year. I have some hope we can win because it is at home and the 12s rally no matter what.
Prediction: Seahawks 24 Packers 21
Luke Allen (contributor)
Russell Wilson failed to make the big plays Sunday against the Rams. He has struggled the last two weeks, while the running backs have been running wild. Russ, at this point, needs to be playing like it is a contract year. I will not feel comfortable paying him $20 million more a year if he cannot make the plays against this Packers defense. Aaron Rodgers will carve up the Seattle defense – that is a given. It is up to Russ to keep up with Rodgers. I think with their backs against the wall, Seattle is at their best. But if they cannot get it done Thursday night, it is time to tank. Maybe it is time to move on from Wilson and get some first round picks and take a chance on a rookie. Prove me wrong, Russ.
Prediction: Packers 37 Seahawks 31
Todd Vandenberg (co-expert)
It’s hard to get a handle on this game. Both have solid running games. Although the Packers run much less, they’re very efficient. Both have good defenses that fail at key moments. Both feature terrific quarterbacks. Unfortunately, Russell Wilson has thrown five times as many picks as Aaron Rodgers. That sounds awful until you see it’s because Rodgers has just one interception. I’ll take a three-headed Seahawks running game to keep it out of Rodgers’ hands enough for a win for the home team.
Prediction: Seahawks 27 Packers 17
Lee Vowell (co-expert)
The Packers are unbeaten at home but do not have a road win. Both teams are battling to stay in the playoff hunt. A loss by the Seahawks at home would basically end any small hopes of getting to the postseason. Seattle used to own home games but not so much over the last few years. I can see Green Bay coming in and scoring enough points to win. But Seattle saved Chris Carson and D.J. Fluker for Thursday’s game for a reason. Seattle should run well against Green Bay’s 22nd ranked run defense and get the win.
Prediction: Seahawks 24 Packers 23