The Seahawks come off their bye week with a (3-5) record, facing off against a Green Bay Packers team that lost to the Chiefs 13-7 in week 9 without QB Aaron Rodgers, ending their 7-game winning streak.
Russell Wilson will return this week, after suffering a broken finger which caused him to miss three games. However, he has struggled in his career playing at Lambeau Field, where he has yet to win a game.
On top of this, the Seahawks have some other concerns as they meet Green Bay in this week 10 matchup.
Three concerns for the Seahawks week 10 against the Packers
1. The Seahawks still have one of the worst defenses in the NFL
Despite their last two successful games against two of the league’s worst offenses, the Seahawks are still giving up the 2nd most yards per game (401.5 YPG) in the NFL. With Aaron Rodgers likely to return this week from the Covid-19 list, facing one of the league’s worst defenses is an optimal first opponent considering his lack of time to prepare for this week’s game.
Fortunately, the Seahawks have been better the last three weeks at holding teams to field goals instead of touchdowns, and the Packers rank 20th in red zone efficiency. Still, the Packers are the best offense Seattle will have faced since they played against the Rams in week 6.
2. The Packers have a tough defense
Russell Wilson has a rough first start ahead of him facing a Packers defense that ranks fifth in the NFL in yards allowed and only surrendered 13-points to the Chiefs without Aaron Rodgers last week. The Seahawks found success throwing the football in week 8 against the Jaguars and will be looking to repeat that performance, this time with Wilson at quarterback.
Keeping the pressure off Wilson will be the key this week, as the Packers have sacked the quarterback 21 times this season good for 11th in the NFL. Their pass defense is also strong, as they are 8th in the NFL in interceptions with 9. This week 10 matchup with Green Bay will be a tough first game back for Russell Wilson.
3. Green Bay has a huge home-field advantage
Seattle has not won a game in Green Bay since 1999, when Mike Holmgren was the Seahawks head coach. Since Pete Carroll took over as head coach of the Seahawks, the matchup between Seattle and Green Bay has been won by the home team in each matchup (which includes the playoffs).
Seattle has gotten off to slow starts in each of their four losses at Lambeau Field under Pete Carroll. The Seahawks have been outscored a combined 55-12 in the first half of those games. If they want to end their 22-year winless drought in Green Bay, the Seahawks must start off strong to give themselves a chance.