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:
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
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.
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
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 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 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
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
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
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