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NFL Preview: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

by Rob Dore | September 24, 2012

By Rob Dore | NFL betting preview

Both teams go in to this game in a positive mood having bounced back from opening day defeats with victory last weekend. Green Bay were stunned by the under-rated San Francisco 49ers but went some way to justifying their position as one of the favourites to win Super Bowl XLVII by beating Chicago.

Against the Bears the game was won by the defence. Their ability to break through the offensive line to hurry and harass Jay Cutler led to four interceptions and seven sacks. The Packers are unlikely to have that kind of success in Seattle. That’s partly because the home side’s defensive line is less porous and partly because the notoriously noisy home fans will be making things extremely difficult for them to hear calls at the snap.

The Seahawks’ rookie quarter-back Russell Wilson (above) has been solid in his first two games, despite losing a narrow opener to Arizona. He has two touchdowns through the air with just one interception. Which is pretty good for a rookie drafter in the third round.

Wilson is being helped out by Marshawn Lynch who has run for over 200 yards in the two games, going in for one touchdown. If Seattle coach Pete Carroll gets the balance right and the crowd do their part in unsettling Green Bay then the Packers could fall to 1-2. Lynch is 11/2 to score the first touchdown.

The Green Bay defence will go in to this game on a high after winning the game for the Packers last week. Star quarter-back Aaron Rodgers hasn’t found a groove with his receiving unit and as of yet the running game hasn’t offered a lot of relief. This is sure to improve as the season progresses but having failed to hit their stride in two home games, they may find it difficult amongst the cacophony of noise at CenturyLink Field. Seattle +3 points at 21/20 could prove a shrewd bet.

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