Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy Football: Will the 12th Man Stop Aaron Rodgers on Monday Night Football?

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks walks out to the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 24, 2012

Thinking of the NFL stadium in Seattle may conjure up memories of the Marshawn Lynch “Beast Mode” run during the Seattle Seahawks’ upset of the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs a couple of years ago.

That field is also home to The 12th Man, also known as the Seattle home crowd, which is notoriously loud and can be disruptive against visiting quarterbacks and offenses.

The 11 guys on the field haven’t been too bad either in the past couple of seasons.

But one of the more potent NFL offenses will be coming to town in the Green Bay Packers, led by reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Will the Seahawks’ defense bottle him up on Monday Night Football?

Seattle allowed 251 yards passing and one touchdown to Tony Romo and the talented Dallas Cowboys offense at home in Week 2.

In 2011, the defense was very stout at home. Opposing quarterbacks threw 35 passes per game, completing 21 of them. That’s a rate of 60 percent, which is not exactly ideal from an offensive perspective.

The average quarterback threw 232.5 passing yards at Seattle last year to go along with one touchdown and 1.5 interceptions per game.

That’s barely double-digit fantasy points in standard scoring without including rushing totals.

But here’s the catch: The quarterbacks who visited the Seahawks’ stadium did not exactly resemble a list of world-beaters.

They were, in order: the Arizona Cardinals’ Kevin Kolb, the Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Andy Dalton, the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, the Washington Redskins’ Rex Grossman, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Vince Young, the St. Louis RamsSam Bradford and the San Francisco 49ers’ Alex Smith.

Two of those guys (Grossman and Young) are far, far away from NFL starting lineups. Kolb would have been the same if not for John Skelton getting injured. Ryan, Flacco, Bradford and Smith were expected to hand the ball to the running backs behind them and not turn it over.

Andy Dalton was a rookie.

That leaves exactly zero dudes that were expected to be flinging the football around on a regular basis in 2011, for reasons other than that his team was trailing.

If Rodgers’ name were on that list, it would be one of those one of these things is not like the others scenarios.

If you’re relying on Rodgers to close a moderate deficit or secure a lead on Monday Night Football, you should be confident that he can get the job done. If you’re nursing a smaller lead and banking on the Seahawks to make him look the same as they’ve done to lesser quarterbacks, you should be afraid.

Very afraid.

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