As the Seattle Seahawks prepare to face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon, they better bring their jackets. “A steady storm of powdery snow and blowing wind are forecast” in Green Bay this weekend, with snowfall hitting as little as two inches or a “worst case scenario” of 12 inches, plus 10-20 mph winds.
It still won’t be nearly as cold as the -6 degrees they faced against the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs last year, expected to hit the high-20s, low-30s, but the Seahawks seem almost certain to be playing in a windy snowbowl on Sunday as they look to get their ninth win of the season.
Trying to guess who this weather “helps” seems like a fool’s errand to me. However, I think Seattle is the better overall team so if it evens the playing field at all, maybe it is a disadvantage. However, the Packers don’t have any running back nearly as good as Thomas Rawls (or Russell Wilson) so if it turns into a ground game, then the Seahawks might have an advantage. I wouldn’t look past Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery to give Seattle problems though as they try to catch him on an icy field.
Against the Vikings in the wild card round last year, the Seahawks were held scoreless for three quarters before 10 points in the fourth quarter and winning after Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh shanked a short field goal attempt. Seattle’s first six drives went for 122 yards and ended in three punts, an interception, a botched punt, and a turnover on downs. Just trying to not turn the ball over may be the goal this weekend.
Russell Wilson on the possible weather in Green Bay this week: "I'm hoping it's a downpour of snow.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 8, 2016