On Thursday August 22, the Seattle Seahawks announced that Sidney Rice and Zach Miller won’t be playing against the Green Bay Packers Friday night, reported by the Everett, Herald. That means Russell Wilson won’t have two of his main weapons for the remainder of the preseason. While we won’t see the best of the Seahawks, we should get a good gauge of how prepared they are for the season to start.
Even though both teams will be shorthanded at a few positions, this game is sure to have some sizzle to it. The last time Green Bay and Seattle were on the same field, the world watched one of the most bizarre finishes in football history. It what is now known as the “Fail Mary,” Seattle learned they could actually win a game by throwing a game clinching interception, only to be ruled a touchdown.
On the other side, Aaron Rodgers has dominated opponents with the passing game and quality running skills. He’s already won a Super Bowl and was oh so close to an undefeated regular season a couple of years back.
So far, Green Bay has not performed well offensively in the preseason. Maybe it has to do with the competition they’ve been playing. The Packers already played two NFC West teams and they get their third with Seattle. All four teams in the West division have a punishing defense, so it’s great practice for opening week when Green Bay faces the 49ers.
Aaron Rodgers has to play well in tonight’s game to bolster some confidence with the Packers offense. It will be interesting to see how much intensity both teams play with in the first half.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have been playing well, but we will know more about Seattle after tonight’s game. In the first two games they have put up a combined 71 points, and have given up 20.
The Green Bay offensive line must be prepared to deal with the menacing pass rush by the Seattle defense. If Aaron Rodgers’ is under pressure from the beginning, Green Bay will need a lot of work done. In last season’s game, Aaron Rodgers was rushed, battered and beat down for a few quarters. It’s imperative that the Packers keep Rodgers out of harms way.
It’s going to be a special night watching both quarterbacks lead their teams onto the field. Though it’s only a preseason game, Russell Wilson should gain more fans after they watch him play. His smooth demeanor while orchestrating the offense is a thing of beauty.