TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 3: Seattle Seahawks Vs. Green Bay Packers

Seahawks
Packers
Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers v San Diego Chargers
Quarterback
Russell Wilson won the quarterback job in training camp and he has a long way to go. However, he has great leadership skills, can find the open receiver and is shockingly poised.
Winner It has not been a quick start for Aaron Rodgers. Instead of lighting up the scoreboard like he did last year, Rodgers has looked somewhat ordinary. However, he still reads defenses extremely well, is one of the most accurate passers in the league and is still a championship level quarterback.
Offense
The Seahawks don’t have comparable weapons to the Packers, but running back Marshawn Lynch is explosive and dependable. Tight end Anthony McCoy may be unheralded but he knows how to get open.
Winner The Packers have had some injury problems early in the year and that has slowed the offense. Greg Jennings is the team’s best receiver but he could not play vs. the Bears. James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Donald Driver are more than adequate. Cedric Benson had a solid game against Chicago, but he is not consistent.
Defense
Winner The Seahawks are an opportunistic defense that relies on its speed and being more prepared than their opponents. That was the case in Week Two against the Cowboys but it will be a much harder task against the explosive Packers.
The Packers struggled badly on the defensive end last year and head coach Mike McCarthy is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Linebacker Clay Matthews (3 ½ sacks vs. Chicago) is a gamebreaker who can destroy opposing passing games with pressure.
Special Teams
Winner Special teams have been a big part of the Seahawks game for years and punter Jon Ryan has explosive leg strength. Leon Washington is a solid return man who can take advantage of any breakdown by the coverage teams.
Winner The Packers made a game-changing play on special teams when punter Tim Masthay threw a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Chicago. Placekicker Mason Crosby is reliable and has a strong leg.

The Winner Is

Green Bay Packers v San Diego Chargers
Winner Packers
3 out of 4

The Packers will be playing this game in front of one of the most raucous crowds in the league and that will make life difficult for them. Young Russell Wilson may turn out to be the real deal at quarterback, but the former Wisconsin Badger will get a lesson how the best quarterback in that state plays the game. Green Bay finds a way in the fourth quarter.

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