Thursday Night Football brings us a renewal of the rivalry between quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Whereas past clashes have proven vital to playoff position and home-field advantages, this season’s matchup is more modestly aimed at keeping these teams in the playoff conversation.
Green Bay was expecting to have an easy time of things, taking advantage of a third place schedule and a healthy Rodgers. Instead, the team has struggled with a gimpy quarterback and thin receiving corps, as well as some locker room tension.
After ten weeks, the Packers find themselves in third place behind defending NFC North winner Minnesota and the upstart Chicago Bears. Their situation is far from dire, thanks to the closeness of the division race. But another loss would kill the momentum of last week’s impressive win in Miami and make next week’s rematch with the Vikings a must-win.
Seattle has no illusions of catching the NFC division-leading Rams, but a win keeps them in the thick of the NFCwild-card conversation. With the exception of their opening day loss in Denver, all the Seahawks losses have come against top playoff contenders. They lost each game by less than a score against the Bears (17-24), Chargers (17-25), and the Rams (31-33 and 31-36).
The offense looks like the old pounding attack led by Marshawn Lynch in his prime and the Seattle defense is playing well enough to contend despite the loss of several key players in the offseason. A win against the Packers would go a long way toward propelling Pete Carroll’s troops toward a playoff run.
Injuries and notes
Randall Cobb (hamstring) did not travel to Seattle with the team Tuesday, but the team says there is still a chance he could play Thursday night. If not, Davante Adams will take the field with three rookies and third-year receiver Trevor Davis, returning from the injured reserve for his first game of 2018.
Tight end Jimmy Graham sat out practice but is expected to take the field against the Seahawks.
Green Bay has multiple defensive backs and linebackers listed as doubtful or questionable in this short week.
Seattle also has a pair of safeties and a cornerback listed as questionable, along with linebacker KJ Wright. Wright was the only one of the four who did not practice Tuesday.
Pete Carroll and Mike McCarthy project different images on the sidelines, but their head coaching paths have been fairly similar with teams expected to win, including against each other.
Carroll will run up and down the sidelines, while you will find McCarthy in generally the same spot all game with two hands on his clipboard.
As usual, they come into this game with similar situations. Teams that are too good to be ruled out of playoff conversations, but needing a win to put or keep their teams in .500 territory.
How to watch the Seahawks-Packers game
Fox Sports and the NFL Network will broadcast this Thursday game across the nation. You might watch on a traditional cable or satellite-linked television, or you might be among the millions of Americans saving tons of money by subscribing to internet TV providers like Sling TV.
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Who will win the Seahawks-Packers game?
Both teams are desperate for a win and boast quarterbacks with a knack for finding ways to pull victories out of any circumstance.
But Russell Wilson gets the nod this week thanks to Green Bay’s battered secondary and Rodgers’ limited weapons.
Final score: Seahawks 31, Packers 24