Seahawks vs. Packers Prediction
Who will come away with a big NFC win when the Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks today at 4:25PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Seahawks are a road favorite in this game, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Packers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 44.5 points. The home team has won five straight in this series and the Packers are 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings.
Seattle is sitting at 8-3-1 on the season, which puts it second in the NFC standings right now. The Seahawks have won four of their last five coming into this game and they 7-5 against the spread on the season, going 4-1 ATS in their last five. Seattle is led by its tremendous defense, as the Seahawks give up just 16.2 points and 346.9 yards per game. The unit has 31 sacks while forcing 16 turnovers. The defense did lose a big piece last week as safety Earl Thomas suffered a broken leg. Thomas had 48 tackles with two interceptions this season, but had been a consistent presence in the secondary for many seasons. Offensively, Seattle has been improving over the second half of the season. The Seahawks are now averaging 22 points and 376.8 yards per game. They got a big boost last week as Thomas Rawls rushed for over 100 yards in the win over the Panthers. Seattle hasn’t had much of a ground game all year. Russell Wilson hasn’t been able to run the ball like he usually does because of numerous injuries early in the year. Wilson has thrown for 3,142 yards and 12 touchdowns with five interceptions in 2016.
Green Bay has won back-to-back games to move to 6-6 on the season. They are 6-5-1 against the spread this season, covering in their last two games. After a poor effort most of the season, the Green Bay defense has shown improvement in the last two weeks, holding Philadelphia and Houston to 13 points each. For the season, Green Bay is giving up 25.2 points and 365.6 yards per game. The defense will be without one of its top players as Nick Perry is out for Sunday. Perry has eight sacks and an interception this year but has multiple broken fingers on his left hand. Offensively, Green Bay is putting up 24.6 points and 374.1 yards per game. Aaron Rodgers is having another strong year as he has thrown for 3,283 yards and 29 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also is the leading active rusher with 301 yards and three scores.
This game has a lot of intrigue. The Packers seem to be back on track, but haven’t been tested by a team like Seattle in some time. Seattle looked great last week by clobbering Carolina, but the Seahawks scored just five points in Tampa two weeks ago. To me, this game comes down to defense. While Aaron Rodgers may be the better QB of the two, I like the Seattle defense much more than Green Bay’s defense. I expect the Seahawks defense to be the difference to get them a big win.
NFL WEEK 14 PREDICTION: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS -3