Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are on track to return this week as the Seattle Seahawks head to Lambeau Field to battle the Green Bay Packers.CLICK HERE TO WATCH FREE
Both teams should be ecstatic to have their franchise quarterbacks back healthy this week. Life without Wilson and Rodgers proved to be challenging for both Seattle and Green Bay. Thus, it will be interesting to see how both front offices handle these two quarterbacks moving forward since both guys have additional leverage against them.
The Seahawks (3-5) were off last week and are coming off a 31-7 win at home over Jacksonville back in Week 8. Geno Smith completed 20 of 24 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns and did the smart thing by getting the ball out to Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf and letting them go to work.
As for the Seattle defense, they put together another sound performance by keeping Trevor Lawrence in check all afternoon long. Lawrence was limited to 238 passing yards on 54 attempts, which worked out to 4.1 yards per pass. That is a number you'll take every week if your head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Now, the challenge will be getting that performance against playoff-caliber teams in the second half of the season.
Green Bay (7-2) was lackluster at best in a 13-7 road loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jordan Love got his first start as Rodgers was out after testing positive for COVID-19 and he was 19-of-34 for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in his debut performance. The turnover battle was the difference in this game, as the Packers turned the ball over twice, and the defense did not force Patrick Mahomes into giving them a couple of interceptions himself. Another issue was the lack of a dominant running game as the Chiefs did keep Aaron Jones in check as they held him to 53 rushing yards on 12 carries.
The Packers (and Seahawks) won't know Rodgers' availability for Sunday's game until at least Saturday, when Rodgers reaches the end of the 10-day quarantine window for unvaccinated players. At that point, Packers team doctors will be able to clear him.