WalterFootball.com, one of the more respected football sites in all of cyberspace, came out today with an exhaustive look at the 2013 season, which not only includes predictions for every single regular season game (score included), but predictions on playoffs games and scores and a brief on why the game will turn out the way they predict.
The bottom line for Green Bay Packers fans is not good. Though WalterFootball.com predicts the Packers win the NFC North Division for the third straight year with a 12-4 record and the beat the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, they predict that the Seahawks will defeat the Packers at Lambeau Field on Championship Sunday.
Here’s what they have to say about the Championship Game:
The Saints couldn’t win in Lambeau, but the Seahawks certainly can. If Seattle can triumph at Soldier Field and come inches away from slaying the Falcons in a raucous Georgia Dome, it can certainly defeat the Packers on the road. Again, the Seahawks are the top team in the NFL. They have a tremendous running game, several play-makers, a dominant defense, and most importantly, a great quarterback who knows how to win. The Packers have that with Aaron Rodgers, but his supporting cast isn’t nearly as good.
Seahawks 26, Packers 24
I know as you read this, you’re incredulous. For the Packers to get to the Championship Game and host it at Lambeau Field, how can they possibly lose?
Well, we’ve seen it before and we all know that the Packers famed home field advantage has been dissed before. Remember when Brett Favre threw that interception in 2007? Remember when the Packers turned in those stinky home playoff games against Michael Vick and the Falcons? Remember when Randy Moss came into Lambeau and mooned the crowd? Remember the Giants win at Lambeau in January 2012?
However, my gut feeling on this is that the walterfootball.com author isn’t taking into account the resurrection of the Packers run game that is expected this season. Should they meet the Seahawks at Lambeau in January, there’s no reason why the Packers can’t match run for run with the Hawks. And in my estimation, Russell Wilson is a good quarterback who’s going to have a productive career, he’s no Aaron Rodgers. It will be Rodgers who makes the difference.
So, here’s my counter to the walterfootball.com evaluation:
The Packers run game chews up the clock in the fourth quarter and Aaron Rodgers hits key third downs as the Packers move down the field in the final four minutes of the Championship Game to score the winning touchdown with 17 seconds remaining on the clock. Aaron Rodgers hits Jermichael Finley in the corner of the end zone on a beautiful touch pass that the Packers’ tight end squeezes before tip-toeing out of bounds. There will be no “Fail Mary” in this one and Lance Easley will be watching from his couch.
Packers 28 Seahawks 27
The Packers will go on to New York to defeat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl and end Peyton Manning’s career.
Packers 35 Broncos 21
Does that sound better, Packers fans?