Wk. 3 Preview: Packers at Seahawks

Streaks, stats, notes and our prediction as we look ahead to Monday night's showdown at Seattle between the Packers (1-1) and Seahawks (1-1).

GREEN BAY (1-1) at SEATTLE (1-1)

TV: Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN.

OPENING LINE: Packers by 3.

2012 RECORD VS. SPREAD: Green Bay 1-1; Seattle 1-1

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 10-5.

AP PRO32 RANKING: Packers No. 3; Seahawks No. 19.

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Seahawks 48-10, Dec. 27, 2009.

LAST WEEK: Packers beat Bears 23-10; Seahawks beat Cowboys 27-7.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Seattle's .680 winning percentage (17-8) for Monday night games is highest of any team in NFL. ... This is 20th consecutive season with Packers appearing at least once on Monday night. ... Green Bay playing first road game of season and will play four of next five away from home. ... Packers have six-game win streak in road openers, longest streak in NFL. ... Since 2006, Packers 8-2 on road in September. ... QB Aaron Rodgers 2-0 against Seattle. Packers have won last 18 times Rodgers has started and had passer rating above 100. ... Rodgers has been sacked eight times in two weeks. Last seaso,n Rodgers' eighth sack came in Week 5. ... Dating back to last season, Rodgers has failed to have passer rating above 100 in five of last six games. ... Packers have yet to score this season in first or third quarters. ... Last week's win over Chicago saw Packers become first time since Atlanta in 2002 to record seven or more sacks, intercept four or more passes and hold opponent to under 200 yards offense. ... LB Clay Matthews leads NFL with six sacks in two games, including 3 1/2 sacks against Chicago. ... Matthews first player in NFL history to have six sacks in first two games of season twice in career. ... Seahawks have won five straight Monday night appearances with three of them shutouts. ... Rookie QB Russell Wilson picked up first NFL victory last week vs. Dallas, throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown, but Seahawks pass offense currently ranks last in NFL averaging 136 ypg. ... RB Marshawn Lynch picked up seventh 100-yard rushing effort in last 10 games dating back to last season with 122 yards and a touchdown against Cowboys. Lynch has six straight 100-yard games at home. ... TE Anthony McCoy had career-best five receptions and first touchdown against Dallas. ... LT Russell Okung (knee) expected to return to starting lineup. ... Okung was inactive against Dallas, replaced by Frank Omiyale. ... Rookie DE Bruce Irvin got first career sack against Dallas, splitting one with DT Jason Jones. Seattle's pass rush has two sacks in two weeks. ... SS Kam Chancellor led Seattle with nine tackles vs. Cowboys. No other Seahawks defender had more than five. ... Chancellor and LB K.J. Wright lead Seahawks in tackles through two weeks.

Packer Report prediction: Can the Packers stop the run? The answer to that question is so important that we spent two stories exploring that story line. The Packers got run over by the 49ers in a Week 1 loss and held firm against Chicago in a Week 2 win — though Matt Forte's injury played into the Packers' favor. The Packers couldn't stop the run last season, and while it's dangerous to base this year's thinking on last year's results, we're not sold that they can stop Marshawn Lynch. So, it's advantage to Lynch. Can the Packers' struggling offense score against Seattle's superb young defense? Advantage, Seattle, until Aaron Rodgers can make a few big plays down the field. Final score: Seahawks 23, Packers 17. Our record: 2-0.


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