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2019 Divisional: Seahawks at Packers Picks & Predictions

National media make their picks for Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers


Brady Henderson, Packers 24, Seahawks 21

Bold prediction: The Packers' Davante Adams will have more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. He has done a lot of his damage this season out of the slot, where he could be matched up against Ugo Amadi (assuming the Seahawks stick with the rookie fourth-round pick as their third cornerback). Additionally, the Packers were first in ESPN's pass block win rate this season while the Seahawks had one of the NFL's least effective pass rushes, their seven sacks last weekend notwithstanding. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers with time to throw and a rookie covering his No. 1 receiver sounds like a bad combo for Seattle.

Pete Prisco, Packers 24, Seahawks 17

These two have played some fun games in the past, and this should be no different. The Seahawks aren't the same team as in year's past, one that featured a dominant defense. That's why I think the Packers will be able to have success on offense. Is this the game Aaron Rodgers gets it going? I think so. The Packers pass rush will be big here as well. Look for Green Bay to move on.

Ron Demovsky, Packers 20, Seahawks 17

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is winless in three career games at Lambeau Field, including the 2016 game in which he threw a career-worst five interceptions. In seven games overall against the Packers (including playoffs), he has 10 interceptions, his most against a single opponent. In fact, he has fewer interceptions against every team in the NFC West, despite playing each one at least 16 times. And the Packers have made a living off turnover differential this season. At plus-12, they were better than all but two teams.

Vinnie Iyer, Packers 30, Seahawks 27

The Seahawks grinded their way to victory against the Eagles, overcoming their injury-based attrition better than their opponents did. The Packers are mostly healthy and well rested. Aaron Rodgers had an up-and-down season, more steady than spectacular. But the Seahawks' pass rush will be limited in its chances to get to the QB, and they also can't cover Davante Adams or Aaron Jones.

Tadd Haislop, Packers 23, Seahawks 17

As much as we want to make this game about the superstar quarterbacks — and Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers certainly will be fun to watch — the biggest factor is the injury bug, which is biting the Seahawks much harder than the Packers. While the Marshawn Lynch story is amusing, it's also a reminder that Seattle is attempting to deploy its power rushing attack without its best power rushers in Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise. On the other side of the ball, Rodgers will take advantage of the two mismatch creators he has in Aaron Jones and Davante Adams, and Green Bay will reach the NFC title game in coach Matt LaFleur's first season.

Gregg Rosenthal, Packers 23, Seahawks 20

Even in a playoff game where the Pack have a disadvantage at quarterback for the first time in the Aaron Rodgers era, it's hard to find the matchups that don't favor Green Bay. Za'Darius Smith, Kenny Clark and Preston Smith should be trouble for Seattle's line. I'll take Packers DC Mike Pettine calling plays against Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer. Perhaps the Seahawks' linebackers can limit Aaron Jones' effectiveness, but the overall winning recipe feels familiar for Seattle.

Michael David Smith, Packers 20, Seahawks 17

MDS's take: The Packers caught a break when the Saints got upset by the Vikings. I believe the Saints match up very well against the Packers and would have won in Green Bay. The Seahawks, however, have a weak run defense that will allow Aaron Jones to have a big game, and the Packers will win this one and head to the NFC Championship Game.

Michael Florio, Packers 24, Seahawks 21

Florio's take: A Vikings win on Saturday will give the Packers a psychological boost, since they won't have to return to San Francisco. This makes the Packers more likely to win, setting up the first ever Vikings-Packers border war with a berth in the Super Bowl riding on the outcome. (If the 49ers win Saturday, the Seahawks become more likely to prevail.)

Tom Fornelli, Packers 20, Seahawks 14

I want no part of the Packers as a home favorite, nor do I want to trust a Seattle team that likely doesn't get past Philadelphia last weekend if Carson Wentz is healthy the entire game. The Seahawks offense is still decimated by injuries and difficult to trust, while Aaron Rodgers hasn't been Aaron Rodgers for a while now, even if people are afraid to say it too loudly.

Bob Condotta, Packers 21, Seahawks 17

Is the road going to finally end here? Seattle has overcome the odds and some challenging circumstances time and again this season. But a healthy and rested Green Bay team playing at home and in its own comfort zone may be too much to overcome. Seattle simply has to get a pass rush on Aaron Rodgers to have a chance, but that also might be tough unless the Seahawks get big games from some banged-up players such as Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney.

Adam Jude, Seahawks 22, Packers 19

Everything is set up nicely for the Packers, who are playing at home, after a bye, with sub-freezing temperatures in the forecast. It should be the end for the Seahawks ... which is exactly why they'll win. They have defied convention and logic so often this season, and the Seahawks will do it again Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

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