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Can Packers Continue Tormenting Russell Wilson?

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Can Packers Continue Tormenting Russell Wilson?

Even though Russell Wilson has a career record of 3-2 against the Green Bay Packers, he has largely struggled against them over the years and if the Packers want to win Sunday at Lambeau Field, they will need to continue that trend.

Since Wilson entered the NFL in 2012, the Packers and Seahawks have squared off five times. There have been four regular season matchups and of course, the infamous 2014 NFC Championship game. Three of the games were played in Seattle, the last two were in Green Bay.

In Seattle, Wilson is 3-0 against the Packers, although he needed miracle comebacks to win two of three games. Yet, at Lambeau Field the past two seasons, Wilson is 0-2. He also has thrown just three touchdowns compared to six interceptions.

At home against the Packers, he has five career touchdown passes and four interceptions. But all of those interceptions came in the championship game, in his two regular-season appearances at home against Green Bay, he has four touchdowns and had zero picks.

So the question for the Packers Sunday, is can they corral Wilson once again?

It’s unlikely that Green Bay will force Wilson into five interceptions as they did last December, but even if you stop focusing on the picks, he has always kind of struggled throwing the football against Dom Capers' defense.

Factoring in just his four regular season games against Green Bay, Wilson has completed just 59 percent of his passes, has seven touchdowns and six interceptions, a quarterback rating of 77.9 and an average yards per attempt of just 6.5. He has also been sacked seven times by the Packers, which is the most for any non-division team outside of Carolina.

Overall, the Seahawks offense hasn’t been terrible against Green Bay with Wilson under center, as they have averaged 21 PPG in his five starts. But at Lambeau, that average plummets to 13.5 per game. And if you take away the 36-point affair to start the 2014 season, the average goes down to 17.4.

Of course, Seattle has had the benefit of a very good defense and a generally solid ground game, so it hasn't always needed tons of points to win. And the Seahawks will try to incorporate both of those elements Sunday.

There are even reports that Eddie Lacy, the former Packers running back, could see 20 carries if Thomas Rawls is unable to play. Stopping the run will be key, but so will the pass rush and the revamped secondary. Covering Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham could prove especially difficult. Yet, even with the terrible play of the secondary last season, Wilson still managed a passer rating of just 43.7. 

On the other side of things, Aaron Rodgers will need to continue to play well against Seattle. In wins the last two seasons, he has thrown for five touchdowns compared to zero interceptions. He has also averaged 247.5 passing yards per game. 

The addition of defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson should also add to an already dynamic Seattle pass rush, which should help hem in Rodgers. However, at the end of the day, if the Packers can contain Rawls/Lacy and limit their own mistakes offensively, the game might just come down to Wilson and whether the Green Bay defense can continue to be a thorn in his side.

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Chris is a sports journalist from Montana and has been blogging about the Packers since 2011. Chris has been a staff writer for CheeseheadTV since 2017 and looks forward to the day when Aaron Rodgers wins his second Super Bowl. Follow him @thepackersguru

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EdsLaces's picture

I still can't believe we had 4 picks...and still lost that damn game.

Bearmeat's picture

Correction: Russell is 2-3 against GB. That travesty of an ending in 2012 was NOT a GB loss.

And to answer your question from the headline: Yes, Russell will continue to struggle against Green Bay - because he doesn't have an OL to keep the pressure off of him.

Finwiz's picture

That 2012 "loss" was the biggest screw up in NFL officiating history and should have been reversed, but it would have been too embarrassing for the league. I've never been more shocked in my life that got called a TD. I sat there staring at the TV not believing what I was seeing, expecting them to realize they made a mistake and change it. The biggest JOKE ever in the history of the NFL. I guess that replacement ref has had death threats and harassment, a life turned upside down. And he still contends he made the right call. What a completely delusional, incompetent moron.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Josh. Jones.

Unleash the Heat Seeking Missile.

Finwiz's picture

And hope he actually gets through the blocking interference, (which rarely happens with Capers blitz packages), and if he does, hope he maintains discipline and doesn't come in uncontrolled and overrun the QB. Lot's of hopes - we will see soon enough.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Wilson will likely teach Jones some lessons, but our young safety was practically designed in a lab to chase mobile QB's.

Spud Rapids's picture

Josh Jones... how about Clinton-Dix! I think he is going to have a monster year. I'm so glad we ended up with him and not Calvin Prior who just got cut from the Browns.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

I love HHCD, but he's our best safety in space. I don't trust Jones playing center field or covering elite tight ends yet.

Jones will be playing more of a linebacker role, like Burnett. But I've seen HHCD and Burnett blitz, and I've seen Jones blitz...

...and believe me, we want Jones to be our main blitzer. Wow. Just wow. What a difference.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

As far as I am concerned the more touches Lacy gets the better. Lacy getting carries is not going to score a lot of points and is likely happening because Rawls is hurt and the passing game has stalled. Let's see Lacy out score Rodgers. Bring it!

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