The Seahawks were able to go (1-2) in Russell Wilson’s absence at quarterback, and now after a bye week find themselves just one game out of a playoff spot.
Although this week’s game against the Packers poses challenges, the Seahawks received good news coming into this week’s game.
Also, Seattle’s opponent is facing challenges they did not expect.
Three hopes for Seahawks in week 10 versus the Packers
1. The Seahawks under Pete Carroll are good off byes
The Seahawks have played well under Pete Carroll when they come off a bye week. Overall, the Seahawks are (7-4) in their first game after bye, and the Seahawks received great news after their bye week. First, the Saints, 49ers, Panthers, and Vikings all lost last week, and currently, the team in front of them for the wild card spot is the (4-4) Falcons who only lead by 1 game.
The Seahawks also received good news on the injury front. Russell Wilson had the pin removed from his finger and is expected to play on Sunday. Also, Chris Carson and Dee Eskridge are nearing a return after dealing with injuries that have kept them out for most of the season.
2. The Packers have been dealing with Aaron Rodgers Covid fallout
The decision by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to not get vaccinated has clearly backfired. As he tested positive last week for the virus, missed the game against the Chiefs, and missed an entire week of practice leading up to this Sunday’s game with the Seahawks. Rodgers is likely to play in Sunday’s game even after a two-week absence from the team.
Seattle could be facing a lesser version of Aaron Rodgers than expected given his lack of preparation leading up to this week’s game. For example, in week 1 after Rodgers missed part of training camp and did not play in any of the preseason games, the Packers were clobbered by the Saints 31-3. Hopefully, the Seahawks will have a similar advantage this week against the Packers.
3. The Seahawks are playing better on defense
Seattle’s defense is starting to show they can stop other offenses from scoring, after struggling in their first five games. They have held opponents to an average of 14.3 points per game (PPG) in their last three games, which was much better by comparison to the 25.2 PPG they allowed in the first five weeks of the season.
Seattle needs to continue this positive momentum on defense into their game against the Packers on Sunday. The key to winning this game will be stopping Aaron Jones and Devante Adams, the Packers best offensive weapons.