Since it’s almost Friday that means it’s time to start talking Seahawks. It is eerily peculiar how both these teams find themselves in similar positions. Here are five things to watch for.
1. Can the offensive line get it done?
Seattle can definitely put the pressure on Rodgers. Patrick Kerney already has four sacks, and Julian Peterson can take over a game if you let him. The defense can put pressure off the edge, and most certainly will be trying to do so.
2. Can frickin’ Grant be frickin’ Grant again?
We used to have a stud running back named Ryan grant. This year we have a guy who has yet to rush for 100 yards.
There were some brighter spots last game, but Grant really needs to make a statement. Brandon Jacobs crushed them last week, if Ryan Grant is worth the money, he will do the same.
Please Ryan, give the defense a rest.
3. Will Julius Jones kill us?
Giving up almost 200 yards a game, it’s pretty clear we don’t have a run defense. Julius Jones has the potential for a monster day.
With quarterback concerns, expect the Hawks to hand to Jones early and often. The guy already averages 4.8 a carry, and stands to increase that mark if the defense hasn’t been shored up this week.
4. Will Matt Hasselbeck torch our secondary?
Luckily for us, Hasselbeck has a bum knee and a severely depleted core of receivers. Basically, he has sucked the big one all season long.
This however, is his chance to right the ship. Watch for the depth in the secondary, against the depth in the Seahawks receiving corp. Koren Robinson might also be inspired to make some plays as well.
5. Can we not kill ourselves with penalties and stupid mistakes?
Penalties and simple fundamentals have killed the Packers this season. How can you win when you keep beating yourself every time you have a chance. Mike McCarthy promised he would once again address these issues again this week. Did he actually send the memo this time?
Even as banged up as we are, this is a loaded football team.
Let’s go out and play a complete four quarters… for once.
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