Aaron Rodgers via Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] for NFC Divisional Playoffs

NFC Divisional Playoffs: Preview, SEA at GB

The final game in the NFC Divisional Playoffs pits the Seahawks against the Packers. The winner of this game will travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers in the NFC Championship game.

NFC Divisional Playoffs

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

Lambeau Field

Green Bay, WI

Betting

As we approach kickoff, the Packers are -4.0 (-115) favorites. I am avoiding a side on this game because there are too many variables that can make this game go either way. Instead, I will side with the UNDER 45.5 (-115). Neither offense has been moving the ball well as of late and these defenses are capable of stalling the opposing offense.

Injuries

The Packers may have had a Bye Week but that doesn’t stop an illness from running through the locker room. As we approach kickoff, both Bryan Bulaga and Alex Light we put back on the injury report with an illness. The Packers cannot afford to be without any of these questionable players, especially Bulaga and Kenny Clark.

The Seahawks are hoping hoping that Duane Brown can finally suit up once again today. With both guys questionable and Mike Iupati listed as doubtful, the Seahawks are going to struggle to protect their superstar QB. On the other side of the ball, Ziggy Ansah is a huge piece of the Seahawks pass rush and an absence from him could be dire.

Packers Offense vs. Seahawks Defense

As much as it pains this writer to say, Aaron Rodgers needs to let Aaron Jones be the focal point of the gameplan. Jones has been nearly unstoppable as of late and Rodgers has struggled mightily. With Jamaal Williams back in the mix as well, the Packers should be able to attack the Seahawks run defense. Having allowed 4.9 yards per carry and over 120 yards on the ground per game, the Seahawks are in trouble as long as Jones is on the field. As for the passing game, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard seem to be the only receivers making any kind of impact for Green Bay. The Seahawks secondary has its holes, but Rodgers has become more inaccurate with his throws this season. The past few weeks, Rodgers has straight up missed throws that he normally makes in his sleep. With 16 INT’s forced this season, Rodgers may fall victim to a turnover. Something that he has prided his career on not committing.

Seahawks Offense vs. Packers Defense

The Packers pass rush versus the Seahawks O-line will determine the outcome of this game. Russell Wilson has been running for his life ever since he was drafted by Seattle. Somehow, he remains in MVP discussions despite playing behind 5 turnstiles. In order to alleviate pressure, the Seahawks are counting on Marshawn Lynch to drive the defense back and sit on their heels. Lynch has exactly been effective in his return to the field, but his history as a hard-nosed runner still creates fear in a defense. Something to keep an eye on is the health of the Packers secondary today. With that illness spreading, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf may be able to expose the under-the-weather Packers.

Predictions

Seahawks: 17

Packers: 21

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Aaron Jones

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: David Moore

Best Fantasy QB: Russell Wilson, his running ability will keep the Seahawks afloat.

Better Fantasy RB: Aaron Jones, Jones is capable of scoring multiple TD’s against a mediocre Seahawks defense.

Better Fantasy WR: Devante Adams, the best WR on the field has a great matchup.

Best Fantasy TE: Jacob Hollister, unless the Packers decide to feature Jace Sternberger, Hollister is the best at the position in this game.

Better Fantasy D/ST: Packers, this comes down to the Seahawks O-line versus the Packers pass rush.

Conclusion

Who do you think wins today in this NFC Divisional Playoff game? Do either of these teams have what it takes to beat the 49ers and make it to the Super Bowl? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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