Follow us:

Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

September 3, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Seahawks vs. Packers: Who national media are picking

No one is picking a blowout, but most of the early predictions on the outcome of the Seahawks-Packers game Thursday are going with Seattle to win a close game. In fact, my quick count showed 11 of 13 picking the Seahawks. The only writer picking the Packers was from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which covers Green Bay.

The only blowout prediction I found wasn’t by a media expert, but by a video game. Madden NFL 15 picks the Seahawks to win, 38-19.

Here’s a quick look at who the national media pick to win:

ESPN.COM

The comment: Terry Blount – This is a tough opener for the Seahawks, but I don’t think any team could come to CenturyLink in this situation and beat Seattle. For the first time in franchise history, the 12s get to celebrate an opening game with their team as the defending Super Bowl champs. That crowd, always the loudest in the league, is going to be in an absolute frenzy. No matter what Marshawn Lynch does, there may be another Beast Quake seismic event. The championship banner will be unfurled and all the momentum and emotions will go to the home team. It’s a no-brainer victory for the Seahawks.

The pick: Seahawks 28, Packers 20

The comment: Rob Demovsky – The Packers have practiced with more noise — both crowd sounds and music — than ever before to get ready for decibel levels at CenturyLink Field. They have plenty of new schemes and plays to throw at the Seahawks. In short, they’ve spent massive amounts of time preparing for this game and seem primed to get off to a fast start.

The pick: Packers 27, Seahawks 24

BLEACHER REPORT

The comment: Kenny DeJohn – While both offenses have the potential to go back and forth given the weapons at each quarterback’s disposal, the difference in this game will be the defenses.

There’s simply no defense comparable to that of the Seahawks.

The pick: Seahawks, 28-17.

CBSSPORTS.COM

The comment: John Breech – I think I have to pick the team that hasn’t lost a non-divisional game at home in almost three years.

The pick: Seahawks, 20-17

NEW YORK TIMES

The comment: Benjamin Hoffman – The crowd at CenturyLink Field will make life far more difficult for Rodgers. The extreme home-field advantage should be enough to help the Seahawks begin their title defense with a win against a team that might compete with them for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The pick: Seahawks

THE SPORTING NEWS

The comment: David Steele – Seattle looked flawless in preseason. If they’re half as sharp in real games, this won’t be close.

The picks: Both writers picked the Seahawks.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Comment: By Barry Willner –

Pro Picks came on strong like the Seahawks did in the playoffs last winter. So why not ride the champs in the opener at very loud CenturyLink Field?

The pick: Seahawks, 30-20

MILWAUKEE SENTINEL-JOURNAL

The comment: By Tyler Dunne  – This isn’t the same Russell Wilson the Packers saw two years ago. Wilson is making quicker decisions, his playbook is expanding and now he has a healthy Percy Harvin at his disposal. Seattle should be able to keep up with Green Bay even if Aaron Rodgers and that no-huddle is humming. Seahawks 28, Packers 23

The picks: Three of four writers picked the Seahawks

ROTOWORLD

The Comment: By Evan Silva – Aaron Rodgers has faced Pete Carroll just once since Carroll took over as Seahawks coach in 2010: in September of 2012, when Seattle’s defense wasn’t as good as it is now. Carroll’s unit held Rodgers to 26-of-39 passing (66.7%) for 223 yards without a touchdown, and 17 rushing yards.

The pick: Seahawks 28, Packers 20

Want to be a reader contributor to The Seattle Times’ Take 2 blog? Email your original, previously unpublished work or proposal to Sports Editor Don Shelton at dshelton@seattletimes.com or sports@seattletimes.com. Not all submissions can be published. Opinions expressed are those of authors, and The Times reserves the right to edit and publish any submissions online and/or in print.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►