Can the Packers Overcome the Leaders of the NFC West?
Posted by: Mike Davis
Before their game with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers found themselves in a difficult predicament. The Packers were facing a 4-game losing streak and the best betting sportsbooks were starting to rule them out of the playoffs. But before that game, Aaron Rodgers talked about Green Bay’s ability to ‘run the table’, stating that the Packers simply needed to play one solid game of football from the first snap to the final seconds – something Green Bay hadn’t done all year. Although the online NFL betting odds didn’t think it was possible, since that fateful precognition, the Packers have won two straight. Although they haven’t finished running the table, with each win Green Bay comes closer to their goal of qualifying for the post season. This past Sunday the Packers welcomed the Houston Texans to a snowy Lambeau Field and were able to emerge triumphant. With that win the Pack reached .500 for the first time in several weeks. Will they be able to earn a winning record in Week 14? Let’s see what the football odds have to say about Green Bay’s chances for this upcoming weekend.
NFL Odds – Week 14 – Sunday, December 11th
Green Bay Packers +3 (-120) 46½ (-110)
Considering the aforementioned losing streak that the Packers put earlier this season, it isn’t surprising at all to see the online NFL betting odds favor the Seahawks this Sunday. Unlike the Packers, Seattle currently leads the NFC West. The Seahawks have a 3-game lead over the Cardinals, so a loss on Sunday wouldn’t ruin Seattle’s playoff hopes. However the opposite is true for the Packers. As previously mentioned, Green Bay needs to run the table, so you can be certain that the Packers will be giving it their all this Sunday.
But that is easier said than done. Online NFL betting fans know the Seahawks have one of the most formidable defenses in the NFL. Ubiquitously referred to as the Legion of Boom, Seattle’s secondary is arguably the best in the league. Which means that the pressure will be on Aaron Rodgers to deliver the Packers to a victory – which is no easy task against a secondary led by All-Pro Richard Sherman. But Green Bay’s defense will also be tasked with a challenge; containing one of the most versatile quarterbacks in the league.
Russell Wilson is the definition of dual-threat; he can beat you through the air and he can beat you with his legs. This past weekend the Packers were able to hold the Osweiler-led Texans to 13 points. But comparing Wilson and Osweiler is like comparing a professional athlete to a collegiate one; Wilson is a Super Bowl winning quarterback. However, three times this season the Seahawks have been held under 9 points. This Sunday, Green Bay will be looking to make that 4 times.