3 players Packers must shut down vs. Seahawks in Week 10

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Coming off a disappointing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, the Green Bay Packers will look to get back to their winning ways when they face the 3-5 Seattle Seahawks in a home outing.

The Seahawks are expected to have QB Russell Wilson back for this game, which paints this as a “trap game” for the Packers. The Seahawks have the vast majority of momentum in this matchup due to getting their star QB back, as well as potentially getting back RB Chris Carson.

The Packers will have to play winning football, per usual, to defeat the Seahawks.

Here are three players that the Packers need to focus on slowing down in Week 10.

WR DK Metcalf

DK Metcalf is somebody I was hoping the Packers would at least take a chance on in the 2019 NFL Draft, but that didn’t pan out – so now he’s dominating the league with another team.

Metcalf is unquestionably the number one receiver for the Seahawks — and is somebody that Wilson will target a lot. He’s on pace to have 16 touchdowns this year, and has scored at least once in six out of eight games.

It’s important to note: The two games that Metcalf didn’t catch a touchdown — the Hawks went 0-2. If the Pack can limit Metcalf’s end-zone dominance, they have a good chance to pull out a win.

DE Darrell Taylor

Despite suffering a scary neck injury in the Steelers game a few weeks back, Darrell Taylor came back in the Week 8 outing against the Jaguars and continued his dominance.

According to Pro Football Reference, Taylor leads his team in pressures (11) and sacks (4.0) – despite missing a game and a half due to the injury. He’s easily the team’s best pass rusher in 2021, but even with only a small chance David Bakhtiari will be able to play on Sunday (listed as doubtful on the injury report) — I like the team’s chances of stopping Taylor.

CB D.J. Reed

After watching some Seahawks film this week, I can say with full certainty that D.J. Reed is one of the most underrated corners in football.

His attention to ball placement is very good, and he also has great intangibles (speed, size, etc). Ever so slightly reminds me a of a young Damarious Randall – but with much more upside.

Reed has allowed an 81.8 passer rating through eight games, as well as boasting a 50% completion percentage allowed. He plays his best football in zone coverage, which is why I think Davante Adams will take care of him with ease. Other receivers though, I’d be worried about.