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Packers may find Seattle tough to break down

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson
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A gladiatorial contest between the two teams at the head of the NFC betting looks set to be served up at Lambeau Field and visitors Seattle should at least be competitive.

Green Bay had to dig deep to win their final six matches of the regular season and claim the NFC North and although they fought their way to the conference championship game, they still have a few issues.

Aaron Rodgers is a star at quarterback but it is a gamble to rely on a converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery as the focus of their rushing attack. 


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The Packers have won on each of the last five occasions they have played at home to Seattle, but the Seahawks could be better suited to making a push for the Super Bowl this season.

It is a concern that they have failed to make many changes to an offensive line that put quarterback Russell Wilson under too much pressure on occasions last season.

But they are still an elite defensive outfit - they should be stronger than they were in December when star safety Earl Thomas was missing with a broken leg - and they have been boosted in the front seven by the acquisition of Sheldon Richardson from the Jets.

They were tied for third with 42 sacks last season and can be relied upon to put plenty of pressure on Rodgers, so if the secondary are able to keep new Packers tight end Martellus Bennett in check, they can keep this one close

Recommendation
Seattle +3.5
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Team news
Seattle
Cornerback Richard Sherman (thigh) is expected to play but a late decision will be made on running back Thomas Rawls's ankle injury. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett is questionable with a knee injury.

Green Bay
Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga is questionable with an ankle problem.

Key stat
The points total has gone over the line in four of Seattle's last five away matches and in each Green Bay's last five games.


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