Before we zero in on the Monday nighter in Seattle, a couple of practice notes for you. Greg Jennings did work Friday, on a limited basis, working through the groin pull that sidelined him for the Chicago game. Talked with Greg after practice and said he feels much better and if it were up to him, he would be up against the Seahawks. Jennings said his biggest concern is conditioning. He missed most of the pre-season with the concussion, was out there for opening day and has now missed another couple of weeks with the groin. As for timing with Aaron Rodgers, he said it's like riding a bike and that should come back quickly. The medical staff wants to make sure he's near 100% however. A groin pull can easily be pulled again and then you're looking at another couple of weeks. The only player who did not practice Friday was Jamari Lattimore with an ankle sprain. The following were limited, Randall Cobb (hamstring), Tom Crabtree (shoulder), Davon House (shoulder), Sean Richardson (hamstring), Josh Sitton (knee), James Starks (toe) and C.J. Wilson (groin). Nick Perry with a sore wrist and Terrell Manning coming off a concussion were full participants.
Now on to the game. This is a hard one to get a read on because Seattle is a team we seldom see. Mike McCarthy spends a good part of the off-season scouting the first four opponents of the year and he came away very impressed with the hustle and determination showed by the Seahawks on defense under Pete Carroll. They play with his enthusiasm. They have secondary players who have been to the Pro Bowl and they feature tall, lanky corners that like to lock up receivers at the line of scrimmage. That's why having Jennings, with his quickness off the line and into routes will be important. Seattle plays a 4-3 front with very little cover 2 looks at the back end, a welcome sight for Rodgers I'm sure. Offensively, yes they start rookie Russell Wilson but Marshawn Lynch is where this offense starts and usually ends. He leads the NFC in rushing after a couple of games and he is unwilling to go down after the first contact. Remember his playoff touchdown run against New Orleans a couple of years ago? The Packers came close to signing Lynch when he was on the block in Buffalo. He's had off field baggage but the Seahawks are glad they have him. Wilson isn't the only ex-Badger on this unit with right guard John Moffitt earning a starting job. The line takes wide splits and let Lynch explode into holes. Wilson won't be asked to make the big play unless he has to. He's averaged just 150 passing yards a game so far, but without the big mistake either. Tramon Williams said don't get caught up in the "too short" way of thinking. Williams says Wilson has a high release and learned to thrown above one of the biggest offensive lines in college or pro football last year in Madison. He's also very smart and understands where he has to put the ball, even without a cannon arm. Special teams will be huge. Both teams have scored touchdowns with special teams already this season, Seattle blocked a punt for a score in last week's win over Dallas. Gaining field position isn't enough with these units, making impact plays are on the agenda. Former Packer Jon Ryan is averaging 50 yards a punt so far. The Packers are fast starters on the road under McCarthy, he's 8-2 on the road in September. Green Bay went 7-1 outside of Wisconsin last year. I think they have enough to turn aside an up and coming NFC West team, giving Wilson a lesson in pressure defense, controlling Lynch and finally finding some rythym against a defensive system they match up much better with. How about a 31-17 victory in the Emerald City?
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