I know this is not going to sit well with my regular readers but I think the Green Bay Packers might have their easiest time in a playoff game since their 37-0 win over the Giants in 1961. Everything matches up in the Packers’ favor – the Seahawks’ strength on offense goes against the Packers’ strength on defense. The Packers’ strength on offense goes against the Seahawks’ weakness on defense. The Seahawks can’t run the ball and like the Packers they admit it. The difference however, is that the Packers really can run the ball. When only LT gains more yards over the last nine games of the year than your starting running back, you can run the ball.
I keep trying to think of ways the Seahawks can beat the Packers and they are reaches at best. The Packers’ defense would have to fold and Seahawks’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck would have to have the game of a lifetime combined with a meltdown by the Packers’ offense. I just don’t see it. Believe me folks, I’m trying to come up negatives. I would like to play the old Mike Holmgren knows Brett Favre lead, but Favre is 5-2 against his former coach I think. The Seahawks defense looked awesome last week, but shutting down Todd Collins and shutting down Brett Favre tend to present a different degree of difficulty for most teams.
I suppose the Packers could choke in their first playoff game under Mike McCarthy and McCarthy’s only other really big game was the loss at Dallas earlier this year. That or maybe turnovers all of a sudden rear their ugly head in the Seahawks’ favor, but the Packers have generally won that battle this year. I don’ t know. Five days before game time and I feel like it should be a lock. I promise you I will come up with some negatives before the week is out. I would hate to jinx them in the playoffs, especially when I also fully expect the Giants to beat Dallas Sunday.
Please bear with me. Any help would be much obliged.