It's shaping up to be a chilly Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field for an NFC clash between the Seahawks and Packers. Here's what national media members are saying.

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Coming off their most impressive win of the season, the Seahawks (8-3-1) head east for a date with the Green Bay Packers (6-6) at snowy Lambeau Field.

While the Packers have had an underwhelming season, QB Aaron Rodgers has seemed to find his footing of late, passing for seven touchdowns with zero interceptions over the last three weeks. Green Bay also snapped a four-game losing streak and has bounced back to win consecutive games against the Eagles and Texans.

Meanwhile, Seattle will get a taste of what life is like without star safety Earl Thomas on Sunday vs. a pass-happy Green Bay team. The weather will also be a factor, as the current forecast calls for three-five inches of snow Sunday.

How will it all play out? Here’s what local and national writers are saying:


Bob Condotta: Seahawks 28, Packers 24. “Strange things often happen at Lambeau Field, and the Packers are playing for their playoff lives while Seattle will have to learn to adjust to play without Earl Thomas. The Seahawks also are 2-3-1 on the road this year.”

Jayson Jenks: Seahawks 27, Packers 21. “It will be really interesting to see how the Seahawks respond without Earl Thomas against Aaron Rodgers, but the Seahawks’ offense should provide enough big plays to get them out of Green Bay with a win.”

Larry Stone: Packers 24, Seahawks 20. “The Packers have their obvious flaws, but Lambeau Field is an awfully difficult place to play, especially against a Green Bay team fighting for its playoff life.”

Matt Calkins: Seahawks 27, Packers 21. “The Seahawks’ offense will pick up where it left off with a healthy Thomas Rawls in the backfield, and Seattle’s D will slow Aaron Rodgers enough to squeak out a win.”


3 of 10 pickers chose Green Bay

ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia: Seahawks 24, Packers 23. “In their past three games, the Seahawks have run for 519 yards and averaged 6.41 yards per carry. Getting the ground game going will be critical in Green Bay. On the defensive side, they’ll have to get acclimated to life withoutEarl Thomas, but Seattle’s defense is allowing a league-low 16.17 points per game. Expect a close game decided in the final two minutes.”

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky: Seahawks 31, Packers 23. “Aaron Rodgers has gotten hot, but Russell Wilson may be hotter. And the Packers’ defense appears to be in shambles. That could be the difference in this one. Rodgers ranks second in the NFL in Total QBR (91.2) the past two weeks, behind only Marcus Mariota, and he has been sacked just once in those two games. But Wilson has won four of his past five games, and his Total QBR in that stretch (80.5) ranks fifth in the NFL. He might shred a Packers defense that has just about every linebacker on the injury report.”


SI’s Chris Burke: Seahawks 28, Packers 27. “What will the Seahawks’ defense be without Earl Thomas? The aforementioned Steven Terrell is in the spotlight starting Sunday. Even if the D is significantly weakened now, though, can the Packers take advantage? Seattle still has its stout cornerbacks outside, led by Richard Sherman, to deal with the likes of Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson, plus a pass rush that can crank it up with the best of them—Michael Bennett’s recent return does not offset the Thomas loss, but it helps a ton. Still, Rodgers has been locked in and he is not hesitating even a bit when he has a chance to run. This game marks a major test for the Packers’ linebacking corps. And not just because Thomas Rawls had 106 yards last game but because someone has to be responsible for Russell Wilson. With Clay Matthews (shoulder) ailing and both Nick Perry (finger) and Blake Martinez (knee) out, the options are limited.”


3 of 8 pickers chose Green Bay

CBS’s Pete Prisco: Packers 24, Seahawks 20. “This is a survival test for the Packers. They must have this one. But Seattle seemed to get right against the Panthers. That defense will miss Earl Thomas, which will show up. Aaron Rodgers beats Russell Wilson.”


PFT’s Mike Florio: Seahawks 24, Packers 20. “Green Bay’s last two wins were, in hindsight, not very impressive. The Eagles have slumped to 5-7, and the Packers didn’t exactly steamroll an overmatched Texans team. The Seahawks have the pass rush to overcome the absence of safety Earl Thomas, and the offense to take pressure away from the defense.”