Packers-Seahawks: Three keys
Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Image by Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Pass protection A lot of attention will be on rookie center Corey Linsley but keep an eye on tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. Seattle has the ability to bring pressure from the edges so Linsley won't be the only one under siege. Aaron Rodgers has a quick release and the no huddle offense should help keep Seattle's defense off balance but the timing and rhythm cannot be disrupted.
Percy Harvin The speedy wide receiver played just once in the regular season and twice in the postseason in 2013 but his impact was significant. Now he enters 2014 healthy. The Seahawks want to unleash him and has the ability to affect both the offense and special teams. Also look for rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson, another lightning fast pass catcher, to stretch the Packers secondary.
Limited explosion We all know how loud it gets at the Link. The two things that will bring the crowd to their feet are explosive plays and special teams. Throughout the preseason Russell Wilson flashed his mobility. His ability to extend plays will only increase the chances Seattle generate explosive plays. With Harvin's presence the Seahawks add another dimension to a special teams unit that was one of the best in the league last year. The Packers will need to be sharp with both coverage and return units to keep the crowd in their seats.
Prediction Seahawks 27, Packers 23