Week 3 of the NFL preseason kicks off when the Seattle Seahawks travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in what should be a preview of an eventual playoff matchup as both Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers look to take their teams deep into the postseason once again.
Week 3 is when teams play their starters the most, so this is going to be a game to watch. Here is a full breakdown.
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
When: August 23, 2013, 8:00 PM ET
Live Stream: NFL Preseason Live
Seahawks Player to Watch: Doug Baldwin
Now would be the time for Seattle to find a serious contributor at the wide receiver position with Percy Harvin out for an extended amount of time.
Doug Baldwin is a good name to watch, as he’s disappointed so far but has the skills to turn things around. Last week he only had one reception on two targets, but he figures to have a legit shot at seeing playing time in the regular season if he can step it up here.
Packers Player to Watch: Eddie Lacy
Rookie Eddie Lacy made his much anticipated debut last week and rumbled for 40 yards on eight carries. As the man expected to shoulder most of the load for the Packers this season, his health and power were a good sign.
Lacy needs more game experience, so expect him to see plenty of playing time against Seattle if he is healthy. As it stands he is fending off the other backs on the roster, but one bad performance could create some doubt for a rookie.
Matchup to Watch: Packers Protection vs. Seahawks Pass Rush
Seattle has a stellar pass rush thanks to names like Cliff Avril and Bruce Irvin, which will put to test a Packers offensive line reeling from injuries.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has to stay upright if the Packers are going to make a serious run again in 2013, so now would be a good time for the coaching staff to gauge whether or not the chemistry of the line is going to hold up. If it can’t, Green Bay is going to be in for a long season.
It is hard to bet against Aaron Rodgers, but the Seahawks have a pair of corners that can do some serious damage to any quarterback. It will be a close one until the starters come out, and from there the Seahawks are the deeper team in most areas. Barring a surprise, Seattle should come out with a win.
Seahawks 27, Packers 17