Seattle Seahawks Know Your Enemy: Green Bay Packers

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Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WS, USA; Green Bay Packers player Clay Matthews chases Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory credit: William Glasheen/Post-Crescent via USA TODAY NETWORK

The Seahawks travel Lambeau Field on Sunday to take on the Green Bay Packers. Seattle has not won at Lambeau since 1999 when Jon Kitna was the quarterback. The last time these two teams played was at Lambeau Field just last year, when the Packers defeated the Seahawks 38-10. The Packers have a little bit of a different look than last year though.

Offense

The Packers offense goes as Aaron Rodgers goes. Green Bay lacks a strong running game, and will be relying on a transitioned wide receiver in Ty Montgomery to be the lead running back. After becoming the lead back during Week 7 of last season, Montgomery ran for 457 yards and three touchdowns on 77 carries for an astounding 5.9 yards per carry. Montgomery showed promise, but may not be able to find much running game against the stout Seattle defense.

Rodgers is able to do everything asked of a quarterback very well. He excels at drawing an aggressive defense offsides. Knowing that he has a free play, he can take chances downfield, which can result in a big play. He also does a great job of moving around the pocket and escaping the pocket to buy time for his receivers to get open.

Rodgers also has a great stable of weapons to utilize with Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb. All the receivers excel at getting yards after catch, but especially Nelson and Cobb. Rodgers also get a new weapon with free agent signing Martellus Bennett. The tight end will be able to able to occupy the Seahawks linebackers and safeties in the middle of field, which will be a major problem for the defense. The linebackers and safeties are key in keeping short passes from becoming into big, chink plays. But with Bennett needing attention, they will have to focus more on him than the short receiver routes.

The Green Bay offensive line will have their hands full when taking on the Seattle defensive line. The Packers let center J.C. Tretter and guard T.J. Lang walk in free agency, with Corey Linsley and Jahri Evans taking their place on the line. Bryan Bulaga, David Bakhtiari, and Lane Taylor all return at right tackle, left tackle, and left guard for Green Bay. So Green Bay will have a veteran line to combat the talented Seattle defensive line.

Defense

The biggest question surrounding the Packers in 2017 is the Dom Capers defense. Although the Packers defense was able to pick Russell Wilson off five times last season, the pass defense was a major liability for Green Bay last season. They signed cornerback Davon House in free agency, and also drafted Kevin King with their first pick in the 2017 draft. They still have young corners Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. Both players showed improvement during training camp, and they will be needed on Sunday against Seattle.

The run defense from Green Bay is very sturdy. Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, and Dean Lowry will be the three down linemen, with support on the edges with linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. Both Matthews and Perry are great at setting edges and forcing plays inside. They also added Ahmad Brooks to backup Perry and Matthews, with all three excelling at getting to the quarterback. Last year, the Green Bay defense sacked Wilson three times.

 

Green Bay likes to replace their inside linebackers Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez with safety Morgan Burnett to have speed more speed with their defense. They also have young star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to man the top of the defense when Burnett moves to safety. Rookie safety Josh Jones will likely take Burnett’s spot in the defense when Burnett is at linebacker. The defense will be stout against the Seahawks run game, but Seattle may be able to take advantage of the young Green Bay corners.

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