GAME: Green Bay Packers (T1, NFC North)at Seattle Seahawks (1-1, T3, NFC West). TYPE: Regular season. WEEK: 3. WHEN: Monday, 5:30 p.m. PT, CenturyLink Field. MEETING: 14th (Packers lead 8-5). STREAKS: Packers W 1; Seahawks W 1.HEAD COACHES: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay; Pete Carroll, Seattle. LINE: Green Bay by 3 1/2. TV: ESPN. RADIO: ESPN 710 AM, KIRO 97.3 FM.
Much has been made in recent days about the Seahawks' success in prime time and Monday night games. Seattle sports a 35-25 prime-time record and a 17-8 mark on Monday, and its .680 winning percentage on the first day of the week leads the NFL. Seattle has also won five consecutive Monday night games, three by shutout, outscoring opponents, 146-37.
None of that will matter when the Seahawks line up Monday night against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who are 9-3 on Monday night over the past three seasons, winners of 10 of their last 11 away from Lambeau Field (including playoffs), and a club that usually finds a way to flatten the Seahawks (Packers have won four of the past five meetings).
"Aaron is terrific at the line of scrimmage and making everything happen," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "That's not good for us. He moves extremely well, he’s exceedingly good at finding guys down the field when he’s on the move. He'll just beat you with his legs."
In his four full seasons as Green Bay's starter, Rodgers has passed for 4,000-plus yards three times and is coming off his best year, when he threw for 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns and led the league with a 122.5 passer rating. He won the league's MVP award last year and was the Super Bowl MVP the year before that.
Rodgers is also one of the great road quarterbacks in the NFL. Since taking over as Green Bay's starter in 2008, he has a 99.9 passer rating away from Lambeau Field. Only New England's Tom Brady has a better mark, 100.6. Rodgers is also tied with Drew Brees of New Orleans for most road TD passes since 2008 with 59.
Rodgers -- not Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning -- also ranks No. 1 in NFL history with a 103.6 career passer rating.
As good as Rogers has been, the Seahawks will be equally concerned Monday with linebacker Clay Matthews, a three-time Pro Bowler and son of Clay Matthews Sr., who played 19 seasons with Cleveland and Atlanta, and nephew of Bruce Matthews, who played 19 years with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.
"Matthews, he’s about as tenacious a player as you can come up against," said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. "He’s got great skill. He’s speed, he’s power. I think the best thing about him is he never stops. He just continues to go from snap to whistle.”
Matthews walked on at USC in 2004 under Carroll and by 2009 blossomed into a first-round draft pick. He'll be matched opposite T Russell Okung, who has an unenviable task. Matthews recorded a league-high six sacks in Green Bay's first two games (no other player has more than 3.5).
Matthews also registered six sacks in the first two games in 2010. He is just the sixth NFL player in history to register six or more sacks in the opening two games of a season and the only one to do it more than once.
"Six sacks in two games is sick, I don’t know how that happened," said Carroll. "We have to do everything we can think of. We have a variety of ways we can take care of it. The problem is if you go away from him (Matthews), then (first-round draft choice) Nick Perry is on the other side. Nick is a really good young football player too.
"The three big guys inside are ridiculous. This is a very difficult defense. They’re an extraordinary group, and Charles Woodson is ridiculously effective. He’s all over the place at nickel, at safety. They’ll put him wherever they need to put him; whether he’s blitzing or covering. He’s just a monster getting to the football."
In their 23-10 victory over Chicago, Green Bay’s defense posted one of its finest all-around efforts -- seven sacks, four interceptions, 168 yards of total offense. It marked the first time in franchise history that Green Bay posted seven or more sacks, and four or more INTs and allowed less than 200 yards of total offense (team sacks began to be recorded in 1963).
The Seahawks will have one advantage against Green Bay: the CenturyLink noise. Asked if he was concerned about it, Rodgers said, “You know, concerned isn’t really the right word. I just think you have to be aware of it because it’s a factor. Those fans are really intelligent fans. They know when to cheer. They get so stinking loud out there.
"They do a really good job of giving their defense that advantage when we have to go on some silent counts, or when we’re trying to hear each other. They should be commended for that. We practice with sound and you try to simulate some of that. I'd say Seattle and Kansas City are probably the two loudest outdoor stadiums that we’ve played in."
SERIES: Dates to Oct. 10, 1976, when the expansion Seahawks lost to the Packers 27-10. In addition to holding an 8-5 series edge, the Packers have won four of the past five contests, including the last one by a 48-10 margin Dec. 27, 2009. The Packers have also won two playoff games. Nine of the 13 regular-season meetings have been held in Wisconsin. This visit by Green Bay marks its first Seattle appearance since Oct. 12, 2008, when the Packers won 27-17.
LAST MEETING (Packers 48, Seahawks 10, Dec. 27, 2009): Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson each ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Packers overwhelmed the Seahawks at Lambeau Field in 18-degree weather, the second-coldest game in Seattle franchise history. The Packers rushed for five TDs overall. The Seahawks scored their only TD on a Matt Hasselbeck pass of 16 yards to tight end John Carlson in the fourth quarter.
Seahawks: 1-1-0, T3, NFC West; scored 43 points (21.5 per game), ranking 24th; allowed 27 points (13.5 per game), 3rd; differential of +16 points ranks sixth. Packers: 1-1-0, T1, NFC North; scored 45 points (22.5), ranked 20th; allowed 40 (20.0), 8th; differential of +5 points ranks 11th.
SEAHAWKS HEAD COACH: Pete Carroll (48-50-0 career, 15-19-0 Seattle) is in his third season. In 2010, he directed Seattle to the NFC West title, the Seahawks becoming the first team in NFL history to win a division with a losing (7-9) record. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Carroll served as head coach at Southern California, where his Trojans won seven Pac-10 titles.
SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACKS: Russell Wilson at Arizona -- 18 of 34 for 153 yards, 1 TD, one INT, 62.5 rating; vs. Dallas -- 15 of 20, 151 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 112.7 rating . . . Matt Flynn -- at Arizona, DNP; vs. Dallas, DNP.SEAHAWKS STATS / NOTES
- SEASON SUMMARY: Record: 1-1. Home: 1-0. Road: 0-1. Vs. NFC: 1-1. Vs. AFC: 0-0. Vs. NFC East: 1-0. Vs. NFC North: 0-0. Vs. NFC South: 0-0. Vs. NFC West: 0-1. Points For: 43 (21.5). Points Against: 27 (13.5).
- NFL RANKS: Scoring Offense --21.5 (T24); Total Offense -- 284.5 (28th); Rushing Offense -- 148.5 (7th); Passing Offense -- 136.0 (32nd; Scoring Defense -- 13.5 (3rd); Total Defense -- 272.5 (5th); Rushing Defense -- 46.0 (2nd); Passing Defense -- 228.5 (14th).
- RB Marshawn Lynch ranks third in rushing yards per game at 103.5.
- Leon Washington ranks No. 2 in kickoff returns with a 38.3 average.
- PK Steven Hauschka ranks T9 with five field goals.
- Seahawks this week released running back Kregg Lumpkin and signed cornerback Danny Gorrer to the active roster. Seattle also released WR Ricardo Lockette and LB Allen Bradford from the practice squad and signed G Rishaw Johnson and Korey Toomer. Gorrer signed with the Saints as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009 but was released and signed with the Rams, where he played in three games with one start. He spent 2010 on the Ravens practice squad, then saw playing time in 11 games in 2011. In all, he has played in 14 games with one start, collecting 10 tackles (seven solo), five passes defensed and two special teams tackles.
- INJURY REPORT: Did Not Practice -- CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring); Limited -- WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), TE Zach Miller (foot), WR Charly Martin (chest), OT Russell Okung (knee).
- Baldwin missed all of practice Friday with a shoulder injury . . . Maxwell was the only Seahawk other than Baldwin who did not practice Friday . . . Miller practiced Friday after being limited Thursday.
- 12th Man Flag Raisers: Tennessee -- Steve August; Oakland -- 2012 area Summer Olympians; Dallas -- Shawn Springs.
|Total Yards||569||28||Total Yards||645||23|
|Yards / Game||284.5||28||Yards / Game||322.5||23|
|Rush Yards||297||7||Rush Yards||151||T26|
|Rush / Game||148.5||7||Rush / Game||75.5||T26|
|Pass Yards||272||32||Pass Yards||494||T14|
|Pass / Game||136.0||32||Pass / Game||247.0||T14|
|Points / Game||21.5||T24||Points / Game||22.5||T20|
|Total Yards||549||6||Total Yards||545||5|
|Yards / Game||274.5||6||Yards / Game||272.5||5|
|Rush / Allw.||92||2||Rush / Allw.||280||26|
|Rush / Game||46.0||2||Rush / Game||140.0||26|
|Pass Allw.||457||14||Pass Allw.||265||2|
|Pass / Game||228.5||14||Pass / Game||132.5||2|
|Points Allw.||27||3||Points Allw.||40||8|
|Points / Game||13.5||3||Points / Game||20.0||8|
|Tackles||Chancellor 14, Wright 14, two with 8|
|Sacks||Clemons 1.0, Jones 0.5, Irvin 0.5|
|Quarterback Hits||Clemons 3, Irvin 2, 6 with 1|
|Interceptions||Browner 1, Sherman 1|
|Passes Defensed||Sherman 3, Wright, Mebane, Clemons, 2|
|Forced Fumbles||Wright, Browner, Clemons, 1|
|Fumbles Recovered||Mebane 1|
PACKERS QUARTERBACKS: In Aaron Rodgers’ MVP season of 2011, he ranked No. 1 in the NFL in passer rating (117.5), tied for No. 2 in passing TDs (21), No. 2 in yards per attempt (9.00) and No. 2 in INT percentage (0.72) on the road . . . The Packers have averaged 28.1 points per game in Rodgers’ 64 career regular-season starts, No. 1 among NFL QBs since 1950 (min. 50 starts): 1. Rodgers, 28.1; 2. Philip Rivers, 27.6; 3. Tom Brady, 27.3; 4. Norm Van Brocklin, 27.1 . . . In two games this season, Rogers has completed 52 of 76 passes for 522 yards, three TDs and two INTs.
PACKERS HEAD COACH: McCarthy is in his seventh year as the Packers’ 14th head coach. McCarthy, Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren are the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title. McCarthy has led the Packers to playoff appearances in four of his six seasons. His .651 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games). McCarthy was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
KEY DATES: Nov. 18 -- Seahawks bye week; Jan. 5-6, 2013 -- Wild card weekend; Jan. 12-13 -- Divisional playoffs; Jan. 19-20 -- Conference championships; Jan. 27 -- Pro Bowl (Honolulu); Feb. 3 -- Super Bowl, New Orleans. Feb. 20-26 -- NFL combine (Indianapolis); April 25-27 -- NFL draft.TRANSACTIONS
- Aug. 26: Waived LB Jameson Konz, DE Pep Levingston, DB Roy Lewis, TE Cameron Morrah, WR Phil Bates, OT Edawn Coughman, CB Donny Lisowski, CB Ron Parker, RB Tyrell Sutton, OT Alex Barron, OG Deuce Lutui, WR Terrell Owens.
- Aug. 27: Traded LB Barrett Ruud to New Orleans to for an undisclosed future draft pick; waived DE Dexter Davis and re-signed CB Denny Lisowski, an undrafted rookie free agent from Montana who attended O'Dea High; traded QB Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo for an undisclosed future draft choice.
- Aug. 31: Waived/released CB Phillip Adams, DE Pierre Allen, LB Allen Bradford, WR Deon Butler, WR Kris Durham, G Paul Fanaika, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Jermaine Kearse, LB Kyle Knox, DE Cordarro Law, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, C Kris O’Dowd, QB Josh Portis, S DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer, WR Lavasier Tuinei, TE Cooper Helfet, RB Vai Taua.
- Sept. 1: Released TE Kellen Winslow; signed to practice squad LB Allen Bradford, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, QB Josh Portis, S DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer.
- Sept. 3: Signed to practice squad T/DT Edawn Coughman, WR Jermaine Kearse; signed TE Evan Moore.
- Sept. 13: Released G Rishaw Johnson and LB Korey Toomer from the practice squad and signed LB Allen Bradford and OT Mike Person in their places.
|Arizona||3-0||1-0||Sunday vs. Miami Dolphins|
|S. Francisco||2-1||0-0||Sunday at New York Jets|
|Seattle||1-1||0-1||Monday vs. Green Bay Packers|
|St. Louis||1-2||0-0||Sunday vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|8/11/12||vs. Tennessee||7 p.m.||Q13||W||27-17||1-0|
|8/18/12||at Denver||6 p.m.||Q13||W||30-10||2-0|
|8/24/12||at Kansas City||5 p.m.||Q13||W||44-14||3-0|
|8/30/12||vs. Oakland||7 p.m.||Q13||W||21-3||4-0|
|9/9/12||at Arizona||1:25 p.m.||FOX||L||20-16||0-1|
|9/16/12||vs. Dallas||1:05 p.m.||FOX||W||27-7||1-1|
|9/24/12||vs. Green Bay||5:30 p.m.||ESPN||---||---||---|
|9/30/12||at St. Louis||10 a.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|10/7/12||at Carolina||1:05 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|10/14/12||vs. N. England||1:05 p.m.||CBS||---||---||---|
|10/18/12||at S. Francisco||5:20 p.m.||NFLN||---||---||---|
|10/28/12||at Detroit||10 a.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|11/4/12||vs. Minnesota||1:05 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|11/11/11||vs. NY Jets||1:05 p.m.||CBS||---||---||---|
|11/25/12||at Miami||10 a.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/2/12||at Chicago||10 a.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/9/12||vs. Arizona||1:15 p.m.||FOX||---||---||--|
|12/16/12||*at Buffalo||1:05 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/23/12||vs. San Francisco||1:15 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/30/12||vs. St. Louis||1:15 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|