Playing Seattle is never an easy experience for Packer fans. The biggest reason for that: Seattle has one of the few defenses over the last 5 years (except for last year) that has figured out Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. Secondary stars like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas usually get the credit and rightfully so but even great quarterbacks like Rodgers or Brady can figure out great secondaries. What all quarterbacks no matter how great can’t do is have a great game against a constant-ferocious pass-rush.
Before this year, Seattle also had one of the top defensive lines in the NFL with pro-bowlers like Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. When it was thought, they couldn’t get any deadlier, enter last month when the Seahawks acquired another pro-bowl defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets for WR Jermaine Kearse and a 2018 second-round pick.
Richardson has 18 sacks over his four seasons in the NFL which is very impressive for a defensive tackle. In comparison Bennett has an impressive 45.5 career sacks in his 8-year career, but he’s a defensive end. Richardson joins a team that had 42 sacks last season which was third in the NFL. Avril lead the team with a career-high 11.5 sacks and fellow lineman Frank Clark had 10 sacks.
In seven regular season games, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been horrible against Seattle’s defense but he’s certainly been below his elite average. He’s never passed over 250-yards and his most impressive game had him passing for 3 touchdowns which is low compared to his most impressive
games against other teams. Interesting enough his career passing-rating against Seattle (105) is above his career average (104.1).
A large key to any quarterback’s success is a dominant run game in which Seattle’s defense doesn’t allow opposing teams to have. Last year is a strange outlier because the Packers won and the number of rushing attempts was low but Ty Montgomery, who is starting Sunday, only had 41 yards rushing. At times, Rodgers is so great, he seemingly doesn’t need a run game but against this potential pass rush, it is a crucial luxury to have.
Despite Seattle’s defense being great as always and their defensive line being extra terrifying I believe the Packers will not have big problems on offense because of their offensive line. David Bakhtiari, Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, new acquisition Jahri Evans and Bryan Bulaga who should be ready to play Sunday will be enough to protect Aaron Rodgers. It will probably be their biggest challenge of the season and the run game will be minimal but the offensive line is better than last year’s and like last year’s game its being played at Lambeau Field, not Seattle where their defense has a supreme advantage. As we all know, Rodgers is a very mobile quarterback who knows how to evade pressure, create time and that will work to Green Bay’s advantage much like it did last year.