Packers vs Seahawks : Seattle Seahawks linebacker KJ Wright missed the first six games of the year after undergoing offseason knee surgery, and he is now dealing with swelling related to the procedure. While he’s confident the issue is not one that will keep him out long-term, Wright does not expect to play on Thursday night.®®
Traditional powers in must-win mode face off on Thursday Night Football as the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers. It’s an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff from CenturyLink Field. At 4-4-1, Green Bay can ill afford another loss in its uphill climb to pass the Bears and Vikings in the NFC North.
On the other side of the ball, Seattle is 4-5, but plays five of its final seven games in its deafening stadium. Seattle is just 1-2 at home, while the Packers are 0-4 on the road. The line held steady at Seattle -2.5 throughout the week, but stands at -3 in the latest Seahawks vs. Packers odds. The Over-Under, which opened at 49.5, has dropped to 48. Before you make any Seahawks vs. Packers picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
In a straight-up, pick’em format, their proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17, performing better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on all A-rated picks last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.
The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 11 on a blistering 10-0 run. For the season, it is now 24-9 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 72-43. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 98-48 this season, again ranking in the top 15 on NFLPickWatch.com. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Packers vs. Seahawks. We can tell you it’s leaning over, but the model also says there’s plenty of value on one side of the spread. You can only see it at SportsLine.
The model has factored in that the Packers’ receiving corps has played extremely well, boosting the team to seventh in total offense at 403.2 yards per game. Led by his 787 receiving yards, Davante Adams (nine TDs) has been the recipient of more than half of Aaron Rodgers’ 17 TD tosses this season. While secondaries double-team Adams, rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling is stretching the field, picking up 17.5 yards per catch.
Running back Aaron Jones has also given Green Bay an extra dimension on the ground. He’s had double-digit carries his last three games and parlayed them into over 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He’s also added seven catches over that span. Jones has become a workhorse, taking pressure off Rodgers and the passing game.
But just because the Packers are balanced doesn’t mean they’ll cover on “Thursday Night Football,” especially at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks are itching to snap a two-game skid in just their fourth home game of the season. Despite a brutal early schedule that featured the Rams (twice), Chargers, and Bears, a win pushes them back to 5-5 in a crowded wild-card race.
Russell Wilson continues to make incredible plays while the pocket collapses around him. In four of his previous five games, he has thrown three touchdown passes. For the season, he has tossed at least two scores in all but one game while completing 66 percent of his attempts.
Rookie running back Rashaad Penny erupted last week against the Rams while Chris Carson (hip) sat out. Notching his first 100-yard game, Penny finished with 108 yards on only 12 carries. Carson should return on “Thursday Night Football,” giving Seattle another weapon.