The Seahawks appear to be getting healthy at the right time and have a chance of upsetting the Packers on the road.
The Seahawks really don’t need to “upset” the Packers for a win in Week 1. They’re co-favorites in the NFC to reach the Super Bowl this season. It’s undeniable, however, that Lambeau Field has been a house of horrors for Seattle for over a decade.
It was there in the Wild Card round of the 2003 playoffs that Matt Hasselbeck famously told the referees after the overtime coin flip, “We want the ball, we’re gonna score!” and promptly threw a pick-six.
Then there was the Seahawks first double-digit loss in four years, a 27-17 throttling in Green Bay in 2015. And of course the 38-10 debacle last season that stands as the worst blowout in the Pete Carroll–Russell Wilson era.
But with Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett, and Thomas Rawls returning to practice this week, along with a revitalized and healthy Wilson, the Seahawks are on the warpath to Lambeau for a date with possibly their fiercest NFC rival.
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The biggest question is the same as last season: will the offensive line hold up? It’s a fair question, because with starting left tackle and former power forward George Fant tearing his ACL, the inexperienced Rees Odhiambo steps into the starting role protecting Wilson’s blindside.
There may be some answers with a few of the experienced players on the Seahawks offensive line with Oday Aboushi battling Mark Glowinski for a starting right guard and Luke Joeckel challenging Odhiambo for a left tackle spot. All may not be lost yet up front for Seattle.
Elsewhere, the Seahawks match up with Green Bay evenly. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has all the weapons, starting with Jordy Nelson and newcomer Martellus Bennett (yet, oddly familiar) at tight end. But Wilson will have a healthy Lockett to go along with his own star tight end Jimmy Graham, as well as Doug Baldwin and a full complement of healthy running backs. All the offensive line has to do is not be doormats and the Seahawks will have a chance.
If the Kansas City Chiefs can blow out New England on the road, the Seahawks can handle the Packers.