Seahawks can run on the ground against the Pack
I can easily see 16-18 carries for Carson, 10-12 for Penny, and another 6-8 for Davis. Let’s not forget that Russell Wilson found his ground game mojo in Los Angeles, as he ran for 92 yards on 9 carries. Now, the Packers aren’t as bad at stopping the run as the Rams – no one is – but the Pack is allowing 4.5 yards per carry. The Seahawks have been even worse against the run, but Carson and his merry band will only run against Green Bay.
Ah, but is Seattle really worse against the run than Green Bay? Looking at our common opponents, the Bears, Lions and Rams, Green Bay surrendered 368 rushing yards in three games, an average of 123 yards. The Seahawks gave up 424 in four games for an average of 106. I’d say a major reason the Packers rank higher versus the run is they faced Todd Gurley once, not twice. They’ve also missed the pleasure of lining up across from Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon.
For the record, those are the first, second and fifth leading rushers in the NFL. Green Bay has one game against that group, Seattle has four. The Packers haven’t faced the runners we have. For that matter, they haven’t faced Carson, Penny and Davis, either. That is precisely why I’m confident that Seattle will be able to run up and down the field on Green Bay. And why the Seahawks will even their record to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.