The Seahawks head to Green Bay this weekend to open the 2017 regular season against the Packers at Lambeau Field. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT with television coverage on FOX (channel 13 in Seattle).
Here's a look at which team the national media is predicting to win the September 10 matchup:
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com predicts Green Bay to top Seattle, 23-21, "The marquee matchup of Week 1 includes my second- and fourth-ranked teams. Of course,Seahawks-Packers won't be played on a neutral field, either. After struggling in three games versus Seattle's famed Legion of Boom from 2011 to '14, Rodgers has gone 2-0 with a 76.8 completion percentage, five touchdown passes and no picks. Worth noting that both of those games were at Lambeau. While using the classic hybrid player like Ty Montgomery forces defenses to declare intentions early, the Seahawks keep their D basic enough that I don't see them being out-schemed. Simple Simon: Rodgers must be accurate, the Seahawks safeties must bottle up Martellus Bennettand hope Davante Adams doesn't win his battles against Jeremy Lane."
Brady Henderson at ESPN.com has the Packers winning by three, 27-24, "It's a new season and a new team, but it was only nine months ago the Packers beat the Seahawks 38-10 for Seattle's most lopsided loss since 2011. Aaron Rodgers presents problems for even the best defenses, especially at Lambeau Field, where Seattle hasn't won since 1999. The Seahawks look like legitimate Super Bowl contenders, but this matchup favors the Packers."
Rob Demovsky at ESPN.com also sees a three-point Packer victory, 23-20, "Here's what seems to matter most in the Aaron Rodgers-Russell Wilson matchup: The home team has won each of the past five times. The Packers have won the past two and they've been Seattle's worst two losses since 2012 (by 28 last season and by 10 in 2015). The game is at Lambeau again, so …"
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com likes the Packers by a touchdown, 27-20, "This is a heck of a way to open the season for these two. We have Aaron Rodgers against that great Seattle defense. I think Rodgers will find a way to get his points, but Seattle will keep it close. This will be fun."
Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com has the Seahawks winning by one, 17-16, "This could be an NFC Championship Game preview, and we may look back in 17 weeks and say it was the game that swung home-field advantage. I like the Seahawks to take this game in a slight upset."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com, meanwhile, thinks the Packers win by four, 28-24, "The Seahawks haven't fared well in Green Bay, and the Packers are primed for another Super Bowl run. Although most Week One games aren't oozing with meaning, this one could determine the site of the rematch."
BleacherReport.com's Chris Simms sees a 28-24 Seattle win, "The Seahawks look the best they have in years. They haven't fixed every problem along the offensive line, but the unit is better. There are more weapons around Russell Wilson than he's possibly ever had, and Wilson is playing the best ball of his career."
Sam Farmer at the Los Angeles Times sees a one-point Packer win, 28-27, "The Packers have a tendency to dig themselves a hole early, and the Seahawks are going to improve as their offensive line gets time together. But Green Bay gets off to a good start here."
Benjamin Hoffman at the New York Times projects a Seahawks win this weekend, "While few would doubt Rodgers's ability to put up points against just about any team, Seattle presents a difficult test. Green Bay was able to waltz away with a 38-10 victory over Seattle at home last season, but the Seahawks played that game without Earl Thomas, the heart and soul of the defense. With Thomas back to full health, and the Seahawks defense made even stronger with the addition of Sheldon Richardson, it could be a tough start to the season for Green Bay."
Two of the nine analysts polled at ESPN.com predict the Seahawks to win on the road, two of the eight analysts at CBSSports.com like Seattle, and three of five writers at USA Today have the Seahawks winning.