Aaron Rodgers will earn every dollar of his new contract in 2013. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

WalterFootball.com has Packers losing NFC championship to Seahawks


 

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

Russell Wilson
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports photograph

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?

Tags: 2013 Season Prediction Green Bay Packers Super Bowl

  • Matthew Norwig

    Rofl you should be FIRED!!!!!!!!!!! Packers run game chews up the clock wtf are you talking about thats like saying Ponder is going to throw for 30 TDs this year lol . If you going to be a writer plz dont drink the bad water.

    • RayRivard

      Ok, fire me. Say what you want, but if you don’t think the Packers aren’t going to run the football, you’re crazy. They didn’t draft two of the top runners in the draft to let them do nothing. Bad water or not, they will be pounding the rock.

  • Mike Brand

    got to agree with ray . the only reason the hawks won last year was because of bad call. they may get some advantage in seattle but in green bay in jan that is a different story. its the frozen tundra not the rain or seattle. wilson will be a good qb but he was very sloppy last year and i think it will be about the same this year. i say packers 35 seahawks 21 in jan in green bay. the packers have never really had this kind of running threat with rodgers and you can count on the coach running more if that works out better.

  • Taryn Miller

    “a great quarterback who knows how to win”.

    Lets wait and see him play to that level or higher again…however,he does have play in him,but don’t hold your breath for too long.

    The labeling of ‘great’ is too easily attached today….Top 5 are “ELITE” next 27 are great…..no matter the time played…..sheesh!

  • Buckywunder

    Not only are they not taking into consideration a resurrected running game, I would be very surprised if the defense doesn’t pull more of its weight this year. Hungry DB’s, Nick Perry, Datone Jones and Clay Matthews providing the “California Gold Rush” should make the team more competitive with the West Coast teams.

    Let’s see where we are in the first game at SF. I anticipate a very different game.