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Packers, Seahawks - uncommon opponents

Although the “Fail Mary” game seemed to ignite somewhat of a rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers they have not been common opponents of late.

In fact, this will be only the third time Aaron Rodgers has faced the Seahawks during the regular season.

While Rodgers is currently the only quarterback with a career passer rating of over 100, his small sample of work against the Seahawks falls just short of that. His “current” career rating against the Midwest foe is however a respectable 92.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears in a 2012 game. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

During those two games Aaron Rodgers completion percentage is 59% while completing thirty-eight passes for four-hundred-and-sixty yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions.

The most alarming stat is the fact Rodgers has been sacked nine times in those two meetings. Eight of those came in the 2012 game that many Packer fans will not soon forget.

Seattle comes in fresh off of a championship season with a defense that put up some alarming stats last year. The Seahawks had forty-four total sacks while allowing an average of 5.8 yards per completion and a turnover ratio of plus twenty.

On top of that the defensive unit only gave up a total of twenty-two touchdowns during the regular season. Although it looks like a grim picture is being painted for the Packers’ chances on Thursday night, it is anything but.

Outside of the center position the Packers will begin the season with a healthy offensive line. Keeping Aaron Rodgers’ uniform clean may in fact be the key to getting out of Seattle with a W. It doesn’t end there however.

Green Bay is a team that is constructed to win on many levels of the game. The Packers must settle for what is there and not look for more. Eddie Lacy, James Starks and now a healthy DuJuan Harris gives the Pack a three-headed-monster and an always fresh pair of legs coming out of the backfield. Throw in a Randall Cobb who may be the best receiver in the game at catching a pass under the 5.8 yard average the Seahawks allowed last season and turning it into much more.

Can the Packers stretch the field and keep Seattle honest? Insert Jordy Nelson. With the lockdown coverage provided by “The Legion of Boom” it is hard to complete anything on the sidelines deeper than ten yards. This is where the chemistry of Rodgers and Nelson will be critical. No tandem in the game today has perfected a play like those two have on placing the ball a yard or two short and snatching it off the pads of the defending corner.

The Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson connection is the best in the NFL right now. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson connection is the best in the NFL right now.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The defense has added the missing bookend with Julius Peppers and a healthy Clay Matthews completing the other. The Pack may ultimately be able to do the most important job of the defense-CONTAIN.

Win or lose Ted Thompson has done a great job of assembling a unit capable of dethroning the defending champs and making the 12th Man a very quiet one at that.

Will it click in week one? We are only hours away from finding out. Stay connected to lombardiave.com for all the latest updates and breaking news both before, during and after the game is complete.

 

 

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