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January 7, 2008 9:17 AM

Paint-by-numbers, Packers vs. Seahawks

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The similarities of these two teams are pretty striking. Both defenses allow 18.2 points per game, tied for sixth in the league, and each team's offense throws the ball better than it runs it. In fact, Green Bay and Seattle have the two lowest rushing averages of the eight playoff teams remaining.

Here's a look at the regular-season statistics from the two teams:

Reg. season
rank
Green Bay Offense Seattle Reg. season
rank
No. 2 370.7 Net yards 348.9 No. 9
No. 21 99.8 Rush yards 101.2 No. 20
No. 2 270.9 Pass yards 247.8 No. 8
No. 4 27.2 Points 24.6 No. 9 (tied)
No. 13 (t) 13 Rush TDs 9 No. 22 (t)
No. 6 (t) 30 Pass TDs 30 No. 6(t)
No. 3 (t) 19 Sacks allowed 36 No. 18 (t)
Reg. season
rank
Green Bay Defense Seattle Reg. season
rank
No. 11 313.3 Net yards 321.8 No. 15
No. 14 102.9 Rush yards 102.8 No. 12
No. 12 210.4 Pass yards 219.1 No. 15
No. 6 (t) 18.2 Points 18.2 No. 6 (t)
No. 6 (t) 10 Rush TDs 16 No. 27 (t)
No. 18 (t) 23 Pass TDs 15 No. 1
No. 13 (t) 36 Sacks 45 No. 4

Green Bay's ability to protect quarterback Brett Favre just might be the flashpoint for this game. Only two teams allowed fewer sacks than the Packers in the regular season. Only three team finished with more sacks than Seattle. Just how well the Packers do at keeping their quarterback upright will be something to watch this weekend.

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Posted by Sacked!!!

12:19 PM, Jan 07, 2008

Uhhh, nice stats for GB offense especially on the # of sacks allowed. Unless Seattle can bring the intensity Farve faced at Dallas (3 sacks), I have big concerns. Nevertheless it only took 1 sack at SF and STL to remove Alex Smith and Marc Bulger from the game. They can do it!!!!
Go HAWKS!!!

Posted by Pack Attack

8:47 AM, Jan 10, 2008

The Packers WILL win this game...

Advantages for the Pack:
1. Home Field Advantage
2. Less Injuries (At least right now)
3. Packers in all honesty have a better defense
4. Favre knows what the SeaHawks will do since he played for their coach... Brett even said that he know what Mike will be doing...
5. Better recievers and a better QB

Advantages for the SeaHawks:
1. Younger QB (More Agility to run the ball)
2. Mike knows Favre (BUT DOES NOT KNOW THE TEAM)


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