With the Seahawks off this weekend, all there is for players and fans alike is to watch the other games.
And until an opponent is settled, the question will remain — which team would you rather the Seahawks face?
Here’s my list, in order from who I think Seattle would most want to see, to the least:
1, Green Bay: I know Aaron Rodgers is back, but Clay Matthews probably won’t be, and this still feels like a pretty flawed team. One can argue the Packers would come in with a lot of momentum if they get to Seattle. But Green Bay has also been a pretty up-and-down team and after two big wins to get Seattle, might be due for another lull. Green Bay also allowed a 95.9 quarterback passer rating this year — highest of any of the teams Seattle could play in that round — and the Seahawks might have Percy Harvin back, and might thrive going against a pretty forgiving secondary after facing some pretty tough ones of late.
2, New Orleans: We saw the Seahawks just tear apart the Saints at CenturyLink Field last month, one of a few recent performances lately that bolster the argument that NO is not a good road team. Of course, if the Saints get to Seattle they will have won a big road game against the Eagles to advance. Still, what we saw this season is that teams that can run the ball are the ones that can give Seattle the most trouble, especially at home. Of the three teams that could come here, the Saints run it the least, and the least well.
3, San Francisco: The 49ers are indeed my pick for the team the Seahawks least want to see next Saturday. I know, I know — Seattle beat the 49ers a combined 71-16 the last two games here, and CenturyLink Field seems to be in Colin Kaepernick’s head. But I still think the 49ers overall game is the one that can give Seattle the most trouble — a real commitment to the run and a good defense. Seattle also really feasted on turnovers against the 49ers in the two prior wins here the last two years, and those things have a way of evening out a bit.
So there are my quick thoughts on this. Feel free to give me yours.