WEEK 10 GAME OF THE WEEK: Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers

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The Ninety-Nine Yards team are back with us here at Belushi’s for week ten of NFL action. Our contributor this week is Duncan Terry, a Seattle Seahawks fan since 2008.

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It was an unusual weekend in the NFL, with unexpected wins for the Browns, Jaguars and Titans.

On the face of it, this week’s marquee matchup may seem an unusual choice, key playoff games are set between the Saints and Titans, Browns and Patriots as well as the Bills trying to regain form against the New York Jets.

What we get however from the Packers/Seahawks is intrigue. It’s true that at 3-5 the Seahawks are likely to miss the playoffs, especially in such a strong division, indeed no team has made the playoffs from 3-5. The Packers on the other hand look strong at the top of the NFC North, despite a loss in Jordan Love’s debut against the Chiefs, they stand at 7-2.

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The week 10 matchup should see the return of two superstar quarterbacks in Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, Wilson returning from a hand injury and Aaron Rodgers unlikely to be facing a suspension for his Covid related indiscretions.

While quarterbacks don’t face each other directly, it’s fun to compare their records, and Wilson vs Rodgers stands at 4 apiece, this is their 9th game. Many of you will remember the ‘Fail Mary’ and the NFC 2014 Championship game.

The Fail Mary was the final play in the game on September 24th, 2012. Prior to the play, the Packers led 127 with eight seconds left, Wilson threw the ball on 4th down and seemingly both Golden Tate the receiver and the Packers corner caught the ball at the same time. Two different referees declared catch and no catch. The rule book states that if the pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, the ball belongs to the passers (the offence). The Seahawks would win the game 14-12.

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In the 2014 NFC Championship game, Wilson had already thrown 3 interceptions, leaving the Packers 16-0 up at halftime with a 94.4% chance of winning according to bookmakers. The Seahawks clawed their way back, including a touchdown pass by their punter Jon Ryan to back up tackle Gary Gilliam. The Seahawks were able to score twice in the last two minutes of normal time, including a kick-off recovery, and threw the crucial 35-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse in Overtime.

So, what do we have this time apart from the quarterback matchup? The popular opinion is that a certain Odell Beckham will be playing for the Seahawks by the weekend, Russell Wilson has reportedly asked the team to make the signing and reports suggest the player himself wants to join the team, they have the cap space, so why not take a punt on the game-changer.

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The Packers best play will be to focus the attack through its stars Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, The Seahawks defence is not what it was in the days of the legion of boom, when they came up against Derrick Henry earlier in the season, they focussed all their efforts on stopping him and he still went for 182 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.

On paper the Packers should not be troubled too much, however, the Seahawks are rarely out of the fight.

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