Packers to Play Seahawks at Lambeau Sunday Night
The Green Bay Packers will be playing the Seattle Seahawks for the first time since last January's NFC Championship.
As a Packers fan, I haven't seen highlights of that loss and I don't really want to, either.
It's a new season and this time, the Seahawks come to Lambeau Field to square off against the Packers.
Green Bay comes into the match-up with a 1-0 record after going on the road to defeat Chicago. Seattle is 0-1, after falling in overtime to St. Louis last week.
The Packers are back at home, where they went a combined 9-0 in the regular season and in the postseason a year ago. Green Bay is 6-1 all-time against the Seahawks at Lambeau Field. The Packers' last win against Seattle came on Dec. 29, 2007, in Green Bay (48-10).
However, the Seahawks have had the Packers' number the last three times. First, Seattle handed Green Bay a painful loss in a game that is now known as the 'Fail Mary' game. Then, the Seahawks won handily over the Packers in their season opener in 2014. Lastly, as you know, Seattle came back to stun Green Bay in last year's NFC Championship game.
Here's a few match-up to watch Sunday night. The first is the passing game, as Seattle will be without Kam Chancellor, who is holding out. Last week, Nick Foles passed for 297 yards against the Seahawks. The Packers have reigning MVP, Aaron Rodgers, and he went 18 of 23 for 189 yards and three touchdowns. For Seattle, Russell Wilson has a new weapon in Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lockett.
The second match-up is the run game. Green Bay has Eddie Lacy and Seattle has Marshawn Lynch. The Packers allowed Matt Forte to run for 141 yards and a touchdown last week. Green Bay gets Datone Jones back and Morgan Burnett is still nursing a calf injury. Last week, Lynch ran 18 times for 73 yards. For Green Bay, Lacy ran for 85 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bears.
Third, both offensive lines should be tested. Wilson was sacked six times last week against the Rams. The Seahawks' offensive line is still growing after trading Max Unger for Graham in the offseason. For the Packers, their offensive line depth will be tested. Bryan Bulaga will miss Sunday night's game with a knee injury. That likely means Don Barclay will step in and it will be important for him to stand tall to help protect Rodgers.
The last match-up to watch is the special teams battle. Both Green Bay and Seattle have rookies that looked very solid in Week 1. Ty Montgomery had three kick returns for 106 yards against Chicago. Lockett returned a punt return for a touchdown and had two kick off returns go for 56 yards.
Packers: Bulaga (knee) is out of Sunday's game, while Burnett (calf), Randall Cobb (shoulder) and Jayrone Elliot (quadricep) have all been limited in practice this week.
Seahawks: Mike Morgan (hamstring) is out of Sunday's game, while Bruce Irvin (rib), Demarcus Dobbs (back) and Tharold Simon haven't practiced this week. Gary Gilliam (rib) has been limited in practice. Michael Bennett (ankle), Lynch (not injury related), Will Tukuafu (foot) and Bobby Wagner (ankle) were all full practice participants Thursday.
Sunday's night game between the Packers and Seahawks is on ESPN 99.1 and broadcast nationally on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Sam Tastad will have stories on the Packers all season with pre-and-post game previews. Follow him on Twitter @samtastad and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.