The Green Bay Packers travel to CenturyLink Field for Monday Night Football to take on the Seattle Seahawks in a game that looked lopsided to begin the season. But after seeing how things are unfolding so far, we know that nothing is a guarantee.
While the Packers started out the season with two home games, the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears provided quality opponents for Aaron Rodgers and Co. to help determine if last season's dominance could carry over into 2012.
Though being 1-1 after two games wasn't exactly the plan, the Packers have to be ecstatic with how things are looking in regards to their schedule for the remainder of the season.
The Seahawks, however, should be very happy with how things have transpired in 2012.
A tough 20-16 road defeat to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 doesn't look all that bad considering that Arizona is one of only three remaining undefeated teams in the NFL (Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons). Seattle followed that loss with a 27-7 home victory against the Dallas Cowboys.
Through the first two weeks, this matchup appears to be even. Both teams enter Week 3 in the top 10 in total defense and bottom 10 in total offense, setting things up for a defensive struggle.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Monday night's game:
Packers Fail to Score 20 Points in Tough Road Loss
No one can question how much talent the Packers have on offense. Rodgers has plenty of targets to spread the ball around to and Green Bay can light up the scoreboard as quickly as any team in the NFL.
However, the team is off to a slow start this season and is averaging only 22.5 points per game and 322.5 yards on offense.
While that was against two solid defenses, the Packers scored at will last season, only failing to crack 24 points one time (19-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15). Green Bay has already done that twice in 2012.
The Seahawks are only allowing 13.5 points and 274.5 yards per game on defense.
The home crowd will be revved up after last week's win. Seattle stymied Tony Romo and the Cowboys' offense and expect to do the same tonight against the Packers.
Seahawks Rush for 175 Yards and Two Touchdowns
The Seahawks' formula is simple this season: Run the ball and play solid defense.
It may be difficult to contain Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for an entire game, but Seattle should be able to exploit a soft Packers' run defense that is allowing 140 yards per game.
Marshawn Lynch and Co. are averaging 148.5 yards per game on the ground through the season's first two weeks. Monday night's game should be much of the same.
If the Seahawks can keep the score close and stick to their game plan, their ability to run the ball will only become more apparent as the game progresses. Don't be surprised if they are able to rack up some serious stats on the ground once the final whistle blows.