Seahawks: Three reasons for hope versus Packers
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the divisional round. Here are three quick reasons Seattle can win the game.
The Seahawks don’t have a lot of intangibles on Sunday as they travel to Green Bay to play the Packers in the divisional round of the 2019 playoffs. Seattle is a banged-up team playing on the road in the cold against a healthier team with a great quarterback that will be at home. In other words, it sounds like classic conditions for an unlikely Seattle win. Here are three quick reasons for hope.
Quandre Diggs knows the Packers
Midseason Seahawks acquisition Quandre Diggs has made the Seahawks defense better. He knows how to communicate and can hit hard and has the speed to cover a lot of ground. While this would be good against any Seattle opponent, it works even better against Green Bay. Diggs played with the Vikings prior to coming to Seattle and has faced Aaron Rodgers 7 times and picked him off once. Diggs’ teams are 5-2 against the Packers so he won’t have any fear.
This game might have been exactly why Seattle general manager John Schneider traded for the safety. He will need to be great for Seattle to win, but without him, this game would be a lost cause.
Duane Brown is expected to play
As of Saturday, Brown, the Seahawks great left tackle, told ESPN that he expected to play Sunday. Brown has missed the last three games. Brown coming back means George Fant can move back to the right side next to Germain Ifedi. This has been Seattle’s best run formation this season and Seattle will have to run the ball with some effectiveness to defeat the Packers.
Russell Wilson plays for the Seahawks
Sure, Russell Wilson has had some bad games in Lambeau Field. But Wilson won’t let that affect him. Wilson has won the Seahawks so many games in his career that Seattle had little business winning that he gives Seattle hope even late in games that seem hopeless. Wilson has led Seattle to four fourth quarter comebacks this season. Another one on Sunday would not be out of the question and might be required.