When: Monday, 5:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Records: Seahawks 1-1 after last Sunday’s win over the Cowboys; Packers 1-1 after they beat the Bears last Thursday
TV: ESPN, with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Radio: 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Jen Mueller
Rest of the West: 49ers at Vikings, Eagles at Cardinals and Rams at Bears on Sunday
The Seahawks defense vs. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: The Seahawks’ No. 6-ranked defense has been pretty good at forcing opposing quarterbacks to do something other than what the play called for this season, especially in the second half last week when they limited Tony Romo and the Cowboys to 85 yards and no points. But that’s where Rodgers is often at his best, turning a situation where it appears there’s nothing into something big. Dealing with the league’s reigning MVP will require those in coverage to plaster their receivers from snap to whistle and those rushing to be even more relentless than usual. Rodgers has been sacked eight times, compared to 36 all of last season.
One to watch
Seahawks LT Russell Okung vs. Packers pass-rusher Clay Matthews: Okung missed last week’s matchup with the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware because he was pregame scratch due to the bruised left knee he got in the opener. Too bad, because it would have been a good warm-up for the heat Matthews can generate. In two games, he already has six sacks – equaling his total from last season and twice the number anyone else in the league has this season. Matthews won’t be coming Okung’s way on every snap, but the Seahawks’ former first-round draft choice will have to find a way to keep rookie QB Russell Wilson out of harm’s way when he does.
Fun to watch
Marshawn Lynch and his Beast-Mode blockers vs. the Packers’ front seven: The Packers are allowing averages of 140 rushing yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. Frank Gore went for 112 and 7.0 in the opener, as the 49ers had 186 rushing yards. The Bears got only 94 rushing yards last week, but ran the ball just 23 times because they trailed 13-0 at the half. Lynch and his guys really got it cranked up against the Cowboys in the second half, when he rushed for 100 of his 122 yards and the team finished with 182. And, since Week 9 of last season no back in the league has run for more yards than Lynch (1,148).
One tough task
Russell Wilson vs. the Packers’ Charles Woodson: Is there a trick in the QB book that Woodson hasn’t seen – and trumped – in his 15-season NFL career? In a word, no. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year has seen it all, and done it all. This season, he has moved to strong safety, but still plays as the slot corner in the nickel and other sub packages. So he’ll be here, there and seemingly everywhere. Woodson has 11 interception returns for touchdowns, one shy of the league record held by Rod Woodson. He leads the league with 26 interceptions since 2008. Wilson, the Seahawks’ rookie QB, is just getting started. And he’s going to have to make some plays in the passing game at some point on Monday night.
The Seahawks are 17-8 in their previous games on “Monday Night Football,” for a league-best winning percentage of .680. … The Packers, who played their first two games at Lambeau Field, have 53 victories in road openers, the most in NFL history. … The Packers’ Randall Cobb (24.0) and the Seahawks’ Leon Washington (14.5) rank 1-2 in the NFC in punt returns and Washington (38.3) is No. 2 in the league in kickoff returns. … In his only two starts against the Seahawks, Rodgers is 2-0 and has completed 33 of 53 passes for 445 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. … Packers TE Jermichael Finley has 25 catches for 389 yards and three TDs in his past four games on MNF. … Lynch is looking for his seventh consecutive home game with 100-plus rushing yards. In the past six, he has 712 yards and six TDs. … This is the second consecutive opponent the Seahawks have that had extra time to prepare because it played the midweek game the previous week.
Tags: Marshawn Lynch, Russell Okung, Russell Wilson
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