1 Get some early traction on offense. The Seahawks offense has yet to score a first-half touchdown this season, and if that sounds familiar...
Keys to Seahawks victory
1 Get some early traction on offense. The Seahawks offense has yet to score a first-half touchdown this season, and if that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s pretty darn similar to the way Seattle started last year when the Seahawks didn’t reach the end zone in the first half until Week 4. The Seahawks need to dictate the pace of this game, which means not falling into an early hole.
2 Don’t get careless with the football. The Packers allowed the most yards in the NFL last season, but do you know what category they also led the league in? Takeaways. They forced 38 of them, tied with San Francisco for the most in the league. Seattle has committed only two turnovers this season, and one of those was an end-of-the-half heave in Week 1. The Seahawks must play keepaway from the Packers, which means running the ball often and never turning it over.
3 Hold the edge in special teams. The Packers scored a special-teams touchdown in Week 2 as well, scoring on a creative fake punt. Seattle’s offense is going to need all the help it can get to keep pace with Green Bay’s firepower, and Seattle’s special teams have set up three field goals and scored a touchdown.
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Keys to Packers victory
1 Pressure that rookie passer. The Arizona Cardinals showed what a pass rush can do to Seattle’s offensive rhythm, and through two games, the Packers had 11 sacks — most in the league. Linebacker Clay Matthews has six sacks, and he’ll line up on the right side of Green Bay’s defense in the same neighborhood as Seattle left tackle Russell Okung, who returns after missing last week’s game with a bruised knee.
2 Hurry up, run the play. As good as Seattle’s defense has looked this season, opponents have shown success when they step on the accelerator and eschew the huddle. Peyton Manning showed that when Denver went no huddle in the second quarter of an August exhibition game, and Arizona’s Kevin Kolb was effective when he pushed the pace on that fourth-quarter drive during Week 1.
3 Cut it loose on third down. Dallas converted six of nine third-down plays against Seattle in the first half last week, and each of those third-down conversions required 6 yards or more. The fact Seattle has allowed six completions of more than 20 yards this season shows that Green Bay might find some holes in this defense.
Packers TE Jermichael Finley vs. Seahawks LB K.J. Wright: Last week, Jason Witten was a couple of dropped passes away from a huge day against the Seahawks, and Finley is a tight end who’s capable of being a game-changing talent. Wright is a linebacker who looks headed for big things. He plays the strongside in Seattle’s base defense and serves as middle linebacker in the nickel. He’s still kicking himself over the interception he dropped last week.
Packers have won five of the past seven regular-season matchups. But both Seahawks’ victories have occurred on Monday night. Seattle won in Green Bay 27-7 on Nov. 1, 1999, and beat the Packers 34-24 on Nov. 27, 2006, in a game when Shaun Alexander rushed for 201 yards, third-highest game total in Seahawks history. Green Bay won the most recent meeting 48-10 in Green Bay in 2009. The Packers won 27-17 in Seattle in 2008, the last time Green Bay played here.