Packers: Four bold predictions vs. Seahawks in divisional round

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Seahawks RBs held under 50 yards

When watching the Seahawks in recent weeks, it’s clear they miss Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, who are both out for the season with injuries. Led by Carson, Seattle’s run game was among the best in football, and the team finished the regular season fourth in rushing offense.

After losing Carson and backup C.J. Prosise in a loss to the Cardinals, Travis Homer entered the game and rushed five times for just 16 yards. Carson had been averaging five yards per carry in the game.

Homer and Marshawn Lynch have been the Seahawks’ two running backs since, and in their past two games, they’ve combined for 115 yards from 39 carries, averaging less than three yards per carry.

Against the Eagles in the wild-card round, Homer and Lynch combined for 19 yards from 17 carries. We do need to consider that Philadelphia’s defense allowed fewer than 100 yards rushing a game throughout the regular season, and Green Bay hasn’t been as strong against the run. But the Packers should be able to slow down Homer and Lynch in this game. The biggest concern will be Russell Wilson’s rushing ability.

The Seahawks love to run the ball to win games, but without their top two running backs the past two weeks, that hasn’t been easy. I predict the Packers will hold the Seahawks’ backs to under 50 yards rushing.