Green Bay Packers
(0-1, 0-1 ATS)
(1-0, 0-1 ATS)
HC Pete Carroll looks for his second exhibition victory at Qwest Field on Saturday night, as his Seattle Seahawks do battle with the Green Bay Packers in an NFL preseason betting battle. The NFL Network will be broadcasting this game starting at 10:00 ET
The Packers have some major injury questions for this game on Saturday. Four different linebackers are currently listed as questionable, with both Nick Barnett and Clay Matthews being the two most important names. Two running backs are also on the list, as both Ryan Grant and Kregg Lumpkin are questionable as well. Lumpkin ran the ball 11 times in a 27-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns at home to start the preseason, and he accounted for 42 yards in the process. The good news for the Packers though, is that their quarterbacks, for the most part, looked phenomenal to start off their season. QB Aaron Rodgers started the game with a flurry, going 12-of-13 for 159 yards with a touchdown pass. His backup, Matt Flynn looked competent as well, as he completed 9-of-15 passes for 69 yards. Flynn was also intercepted once. Receivers Greg Jennings and James Jones were fantastic, as both caught three passes in limited action. Jennings had 68 receiving yards and a TD, while Jones ended the day with the second highest total on the team with 46. The Green Bay defense thrived against QB Colt McCoy for the Browns, intercepting him twice before knocking him out of the game.
The Seahawks had to hold off a furious rally by the Tennessee Titans last week to procure a 20-18 victory in Week 1 of the preseason. Carroll could have some quarterback controversy on his hands in a hurry if things continue like this. Starter and incumbent Matt Hasselbeck went just 4-for-10 for 26 yards in his first game of the 2010 campaign, while his backup Charlie Whitehurst went 14-of-22 for 214 yards with two scores and an INT. Whitehurst has been tabbed as a potential starter in the NFL for quite a few years, and this might be the season that he finally gets his chance now that he is out of San Diego and has a legitimate shot of beating out a struggling veteran. Carroll’s quest for a running back probably didn’t make much headway last Saturday. Quinten Ganther rushed for 36 yards on 11 carries to lead the team in both categories. Louis Rankin had 21 yards on just three rushes. Both projected potential starters, Justin Forsett and Julius Jones, only combined for 12 carries and 30 yards. Mike Williams caught a 51 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from Whitehurst. The defense gave up just 260 yards of offense, which was made all the more impressive by the fact that a good chunk of those yards came late in the game. Seahawks betting fans were unlucky not to grab the cover.
Both of these teams have the potential to score some points, but we tend to believe that the Seahawks are going to be doing more of it. Bringing in Whitehurst for over half the game is like Carroll putting in his eventual starter. If Green Bay doesn’t jump out to an early lead, it could be a long night at Qwest Field.
Selection: Seattle Seahawks -1