Packers-Seahawks: How we're picking it
Wes Hodkiewicz (15-2)
Packers 14, Seahawks 12
Everything is trending against the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is dinged up. Seattle's defense is suffocating. CenturyLink Field is deafening. Blah, blah, blah. The Seahawks are seven-point favorites for a reason, but what's being overlooked is that this is the Packers' most well-rounded team since the Super Bowl run in 2010. They won on the road that year. A lot. If Eddie Lacy and the offensive line can run the ball, Rodgers should be able to throw it and send Green Bay to Super Bowl No. 6. Seattle's offense is dynamic, but wasn't without its flaw against Carolina. Here's hedging on a rare home hiccup.
Ryan Wood (15-2)
Seahawks 27, Packers 23
All right, time to come clean. In the preseason, I picked the Packers to be the NFC's representative at Super Bowl XLIX. Yes, this pick is a flip-flop, primarily for two reasons. First, I also predicted Green Bay to finish the season 13-3, which would have placed this game at Lambeau Field. Second, and most important, it was impossible to foresee Aaron Rodgers' calf injury. Now, Rodgers' limited mobility hasn't affected his ability to play well the past three games, but he hasn't played the Seahawks' top-ranked defense in Seattle. The Packers are dangerous, especially given their us-against-the-world mentality, but it's hard to see how this 4-4 road team pulls off a road victory with Rodgers' injury.
Pete Dougherty (13-4)
Seahawks 27, Packers 17
If there's a defense the Packers least want to face with Aaron Rodgers' mobility limited by a calf injury, this is it. The Seahawks' pass rush is exponentially better than Dallas' was last week, especially when it's enhanced by the noise of Seattle's 12th man. The Seahawks can get pressure with four and cover with seven. Barring a stunning improvement in Rodgers' calf, he's not going to be able to escape the pocket. That means more throwaways and sacks, and fewer back-breaking throws on the run and drives sustained. The guess here is Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch then will put up enough points to get the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl.
Robert Zizzo (12-5)
Packers 21, Seahawks 20
On paper, Seattle's stout defense and multifaceted offense should overwhelm Green Bay. But history says defending Super Bowl champions have trouble in the playoffs. And the Packers have the best quarterback in the NFL, bum calf and all. I'm calling for the upset.