The highly anticipated return of Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, is finally here. Four weeks out from his finger surgery and Russ looks as good as new. His return couldn’t come at a better time as Seattle heads on the road with a showdown against one of the top teams in the NFL.
The 7-2 Green Bay Packers are looking to bounce back after a slugfest with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. As the Seattle Seahawks look to ride the momentum of their dominant Week 8 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sitting at 3-5 — currently, 1 game back of the final Wild Card spot – the Seahawks bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. The Week 9 bye has allowed Seattle to enter Week 10 as healthy as they’ve been all year long. Rookie WR Dee Eskridge is expected to return after suffering a concussion in Week 1.
HB Chris Carson is expected to make it through the week as he’s been dealing with a neck injury. Most importantly though, the whole team had a week to cool off and get some rest before a crucial stretch of the season.
Seahawks vs Packers Odds Week 10
Green Bay on the other hand still isn’t 100 percent sure if they will have Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game. After testing positive for COVID-19 – and not being vaccinated – Rodgers is forced to stay away from the team facility for 10 straight days. Meaning he will not be able to return until November 13th, one day before their matchup with Seattle. However, most signs point to him being ready to go on Sunday.
Regardless, this is going to be a showdown between two teams who had high expectations entering the 2021 season.
Say what you want about Geno Smith, but he did go 3-0 against the spread as the starting quarterback. Nonetheless, Seattle enters Week 10 as an underdog. The WynnBet betting odds have the Seattle Seahawks as +3.5 point underdogs heading into Green Bay. The Packers have -175 moneyline odds with the Seahawks at +155. The over/under for total points in the game is set at 49.5 (-110 for the under, -110 for the over).
Seahawks vs Packers Week 10
During the Pete Carroll era in Seattle, the Seahawks are 0-4 at Lambeau Field. In fact, the Seattle Seahawks haven’t won in Lambeau since 1999. A large reason for that has been the poor offensive play of the Seahawks in the four matchups under Pete Carroll. But, the past is the past and Seattle is riding a lot of momentum into this matchup.
This a big game for both teams. The Packers are fighting for the 1 seed in a top-heavy NFC while the Seahawks are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive.
KEY TO THE GAME: Offensive firepower
Surprisingly, the Green Bay Packers have a top 5 defense, allowing an average of 321.20 total yards per game. We can certainly sit here and make the argument that the key to this game is slowing down WR Davante Adams, but perhaps, the Seahawks best shot of winning is in a shootout.
Ironically, a player like Odell Beckham Jr. — who has been linked to Seattle in free agency rumors — could have been the difference-maker in this game. Whether they end up signing him or not is a whole other conversation. Regardless, I expect Green Bay to mimic other teams by playing a lot of two-safety high, similar to what they did against Kansas City. By doing that, they are being protective of the explosive play over the top, which Russell Wilson has excelled at completing.
In other words, this needs to be the Shane Waldron breakout game. Shane needs to draw up a game plan that resembles what the Rams do so well: short/intermediate routes. The Rams have thrived on the play action with a wide receiver in motion as it causes misdirection and forces defenders to stay true to their assignment. With Dee Eskridge back, expect him to be the motion guy on numerous occasions.
With all the excitement surrounding Russ and his return, I can’t help but feel he is going to come back and make a statement to the rest of the league. I have the Seattle Seahawks defeating the Green Bay Packers, 35-31.