Favorite: Green Bay (-7.5)
Former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers can take solace while watching Saturday’s Green Bay/Seattle game from the sidelines.
Brett Favre’s backup could use the lift, especially after the Warrior/Gunslinger said earlier in the week what most everyone could have predicted — that he would in all probability come back and play another year.
But if Rodgers wants to feel better he can just look on the other side of the field at Seahawks starting QB Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck started his career as Favre’s backup, completing 13 of 29 passes with zero starts over two seasons.
In his third year, Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s bro-in-law found himself on the Seahawks, and since then has made three Pro Bowls and started in a Super Bowl, proving there is life after getting out from behind the Favre curtain.
Another reason Rodgers will enjoy the view is that the Packers are going to win. By a lot. It doesn’t hurt that the game is at Lambeau, but the Seahawks have the look of a team whose warranty has just about expired. Shawn Alexander has been playing a game of “Ring Around the Rosie” all year (ashes, ashes, we all fall down). Alexander’s backup Mercury Morris has the name of a superstar, but fans of alliteration would be right in stating that his middle name might as well be “Mediocre.”
The Seahawks also have health issues at wide receiver and quarterback. Hasselbeck, has ended one of his best years end with a thud, with five touchdowns and four interceptions in his last four games.
While the Seahawks have a fairly stout defense, they won’t be able to hold up because they will be on the field a long time. Ryan Grant is far better than Clinton Portis at this point, and if Favre leads the Pack to an early touchdown, this game is going to get out of hand in a hurry. This one might even be a big enough rout for Rodgers to get some time in the second half.
Prediction: Packers 30, Seahawks 13