Packers-Seahawks: How we picked it
Here's how our Packers Insiders see Week 2 playing out vs. Seattle
WESTON HODKIEWICZ (1-0)
PACKERS 31, SEAHAWKS 28
The Seahawks have inherited the 49ers' role as the thorn in the Packers' side. The Packers came close at CenturyLink Field last January, but a last-minute debacle sent Green Bay back to the drawing board. Seattle's defense without Byron Maxwell and Kam Chancellor isn't as impenetrable as a year ago. Aaron Rodgers hasn't been terrific against Seattle in the last three losses, but all three came on the road. With his calf healed, he'll have a chance to extend plays with his feet again. Plus, he's at Lambeau Field, where Green Bay was 9-0 last season and Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception since December 2012. Whether the Packers win rides on how well the defense contains Marshawn Lynch and pressures Russell Wilson, who was sacked six times last week. I picked the Packers to win last January. Call this double-or-nothing.
RYAN WOOD (1-0)
PACKERS 28, SEAHAWKS 22
The offense punches in not one, but two fourth-and-goal opportunities for touchdowns in the first quarter. Morgan Burnett returns a Russell Wilson interception for a touchdown. The Seahawks don't convert any two-point conversions. The Packers' special teams not only prevent any touchdowns, but they also secure the game-clinching onside kick. Finally playing at home, the Packers beat their nemesis. Four months later, they might also punch a ticket to the Super Bowl.
PETE DOUGHERTY (1-0)
PACKERS 28, SEAHAWKS 24
Lots to watch in this marquee matchup. The Seahawks will slam Marshawn Lynch at the Packers' shaky run defense. Aaron Rodgers will go after the Seahawks' diminished secondary. No Kam Chancellor for the Seahawks, Bryan Bulaga out for the Packers. The Seahawks are tough to play anywhere, but their defense absolutely thrives in the noise at home. This time they're at Lambeau Field, and the guess here is that gives the Packers the edge they need.
STU COURTNEY (1-0)
PACKERS 27, SEAHAWKS 23
It's hard to imagine the Seahawks starting 0-2, but that's what is in store for the reigning NFC champions after the Packers exact a small measure of revenge by winning this prime-time showdown at Lambeau Field. The Packers' offense will miss tackle Brian Bulaga, but the Seahawks' defense will be without some key performers as well, none more vital than holdout safety Kam Chancellor. A healthy Aaron Rodgers should have a productive night. On the other side of the ball, the Packers' run defense faces a big challenge from Beast Mode, but Seattle's offensive line remains a work in progress. And the crowd-noise factor will work in the Packers' favor this time.
ROBERT ZIZZO (1-0)
SEAHAWKS 27, PACKERS 21
Green Bay had trouble tackling in Week 1, and now they have a more bruising runner (Marshawn Lynch) and a much more mobile quarterback (Russell Wilson) to contend with. And then there's Jimmy Graham, a matchup nightmare. Without Letroy Guion, Sam Barrington and (possibly) Morgan Burnett, the Packers' defense might find it difficult to get off the field and give Aaron Rodgers a chance. Seattle's defense is not on par with last season's version, but it still can dominate a game. Green Bay's best chance for victory is grabbing an early lead and neutralizing Seattle's pass rush. If the Packers have to play from behind, it will be a long night.