One of the most controversial plays and calls in NFL history went down the last time these two teams met, but sadly they are meeting in the preseason where revenge is not really on the menu. The Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau in the third week of preseason on Friday night, and for the first time since Golden Tate’s infamous catch last season.
It’s difficult to say if the play really swung either team’s season, as both wound up making the playoffs and losing in the divisional round. Still, the play helped make Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson a darling of the NFL, and he promptly took hold of the Seahawks for the foreseeable future.
With big plans to go even deeper in the postseason, Wilson and the Seahawks showed more than their mettle with a 40-10 thrashing of the Denver Broncos last week. Cornerback Brandon Browner notched an incredible 106-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, and Wilson completed eight of his 12 passes for 127 yards and two scores.
Along with Browner’s heads-up play, the Seattle defense forced four turnovers. However, 12 penalties for a loss of 107 yards should be of concern for Pete Carroll’s staff. Even after putting up 40 points, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told the Seattle Times he’d like his team to improve on third down, after going 4-for-12 against the Broncos.
Meanwhile, Green Bay is coming off its first win of the preseason, after dropping St. Louis 19-7. Most of those points came off the foot of kicker Mason Crosby, and the lone endzone trip off a nine-yard touchdown reception for tight end Jake Stoneburner.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers went 10-for-12 for 134 yards, and rookie running back Eddie Lacy made his debut with 40 yards on eight carries. Lacy might be the dominant rusher Mike McCarthy and Rodgers have missed during their time together.
Both are expected to play against Seattle, but top scoring receiver from last year Randall Cobb, along with Charles Johnson and tight end Andrew Quarless will be missing in action. Cobb is out with a biceps injury, but did practice two days ago.
The game kicks-off at 8 p.m. ET and a live online stream is available by subscription on the NFL’s official site here.
CBS will broadcast the game nationally.
Betting Odds: Green Bay is favored by 3 points.
Over/Under: 43 points
Prediction: Green Bay 24, Seattle 17
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