B/R Consensus: Packers (8-3)
Vegas: Packers (-3.5)
I'm really torn on this matchup, as the "12th Man" and Seattle's defense should keep the Seahawks in this one for a while. I just can't envision Russell Wilson beating Aaron Rodgers, however, and I think the Packers' veteran-laden team will find a way to win against the young 'Hawks.
This was supposed to be Matt Flynn vs. Aaron Rodgers, and then Russell Wilson happened. Even so, Wilson’s Seahawks will be way overmatched against the Green Bay pass rush and passing game. The Seattle crowd will keep this closer than it should be.
The Packers defense looks to be on the upswing, but the offense still has some big question marks, namely: What is wrong with Aaron Rodgers? Nothing, actually, except that he's faced two good defenses that know how to defend him. The Seahawks fall into this category.
How will the Seahawks protect Russell Wilson? They'll run the ball, keep the formations tight and stay out of 3rd-and-long. The Seahawks pull off an upset.
Seattle still has offensive line issues, especially if Russell Okung is out again, and that will be what kills them in this game as the Packers' front seven is coming alive. Defensively, it won't be easy for a sometimes-misfiring Aaron Rodgers and friends, but they'll get the ball moving enough to overcome the stiff Seahawks D.
The Seahawks will be at home for the second week in a row, and we all know that playing at the Link poses major problems for opposing teams. Look for the Packers' offensive inconsistencies to continue as Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will have Green Bay's receivers on lockdown.
Michael Schottey is the NFL national lead writer for Bleacher Report and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff alongside other great writers at "The Go Route."