Hello Green Bay Packers football fans! We are a few days from the regular season and I just picked up the new Madden Football 2015.
They did a great job with it, and given the constant roster updates during the season and such, it seemed like it might be fun to run some simulations and see if we cannot predict the outcome of the coming Packers games!
We start with the Packers vs. Seahawks in one of the biggest openers in recent memory. This is the first meeting back at Centurylink Field since “that infamous” play. We all know what happened, we all know it was a pick, and hopefully the Packers will get their chance to avenge the loss.
The first half played well for the Packers, as they went up 16-3. But the second half played to their downfall as they only managed 3 points and the Seahawks rolled up 5 touchdowns (4 in the fourth quarter) to lay a beat down on the Packers to the tune of 38-19.
The Packers offense put up 528 yards of total offense, with 387 passing yards and 141 yards rushing and achieved 23 first downs. Unfortunately the offense also committed 3 turnovers with a fumble by Eddie Lacy and 2 interceptions by Aaron Rodgers. The third down conversions were simply abysmal with only 6-of-22 for 27 percent. The Packers converted 4 red zone attempts, but they were all field goals.
The Seahawks offense wasn’t fantastic per say, but they got it done when it counted. The Seahawks had 404 yards of total offense, easily outdistancing the porous rush defense of the Packers (hoping this isn’t a sign) with 264 yards. Seattle did only manage 140 passing yards as Green Bay seemingly did what was needed in the secondary to correct some past wrongs. That or Seattle just decided to go with what was working and just run the ball.
Seattle had 17 first downs, a turnover differential of +1 (two turnovers committed, a fumble and a Russell Wilson interception). They were also equally as bad as Green Bay on third down, only managing 4-of-16 conversions for 25 percent. The area they won the game in, however, was the red zone as they converted all 3 tries for touchdowns.
As far as stat leaders go, Aaron Rodgers passed for 413 yards on 57 attempts, completing 38 for 66 percent, a touchdown and 2 picks. Russell Wilson passed for 160 yards on 29 attempts, completing 17 for 58 percent, but with 2 touchdowns and a pick. Eddie Lacy gobbled up ground with 117 yards on 25 attempts, but Marshawn Lynch was hungrier with 208 yards on 23 carries with 3 touchdowns. He also had an 85-yard touchdown run.
Jordy Nelson led all receivers in receptions with 11-for-121 yards. Jarrett Boykin, not wanting to be outdone, grabbed 6 receptions and turned them into 140 yards and a touchdown. Seattle had nothing going in the passing game, with Percy Harvin grabbing 4 balls for 52 yards and a touchdown, and Jermaine Kearse with 4 receptions for 27 yards.
A.J. Hawk ended up with a game leading 13 tackles with 2 for a loss, with Micah Hyde proving his worth with 10. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers proved they could be a fearsome bunch with 3 sacks between them. Morgan Burnett also got the first pick of the season as he tries to make up for nothing from the safety group from last year.
Jeremy Lane, a cornerback for Seattle, had a breakout game with 10 tackles and an interception. Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor tied for second with 9 tackles. Richard Sherman also had an interception. Both teams harassed the quarterback with 5 sacks a piece.
So, as Madden predicts, 38-19 Seahawks.
I know I do not want that outcome and I think it will be closer to the score from that last game played in Seattle.
Tell us what you think in the comments below!