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NFL Preview Seahawks At Packers: New Additions

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Seattle Visits Green Bay for Opening Week

Heading into week one, the Packers ready themselves for their first opponent: the Seattle Seahawks. In their most recent meeting, Aaron Rodgers led the Pack to a 38-10 victory at home. Establishing a running game helped ease pressure on Rodgers last year, as he lit up the Seahawks with three touchdowns. The defense will look to replicate what may have been their best game last season. However, new additions have been added to Green Bay‘s roster since the two teams last met at Lambeau. These players will need to step up if the Packers hope to take another win from the Seahawks.

New Additions: Defense

In their matchup at Lambeau Field last season, the Packers defense forced a total of six turnovers from the Seahawks. Additionally, it will be essential for the defense to earn good field position as the Packers offense battles a defensive juggernaut.

The most recent Packers signing may also be their most dangerous. Packers signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a one year deal. Brooks has posted over 50 sacks since 2009 but is coming off his worst graded season (49.5) according to Pro Football Focus. His effect was low density before forcing the second most pressures last year on the Packers roster with 37. As a result, it took him 362 snaps to reach that total. He will need to be more efficient with the Packers if he hopes to be effective on Sunday.

Green Bay also added depth at the cornerback position with draftee Kevin King and free agent signing Davon House. House is a year removed from his best season as a pro. In 2015, he posted 60 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 23 passes defensed. King is a lengthy rookie who allowed just one touchdown over his college career. His six-foot-three frame and lengthy limbs give him an opportunity to become a lockdown defender. Both are poised for a heavy workload in week one.

New Additions: Offense

Green Bay’s running backs had success against Seattle’s defensive front last season (21 carries, 80 yards, 1 touchdown). New additions Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays hope to share the same success. The new kids on the block have all had insurmountable success in college, but struggled in the preseason.

Jones had a pair of 20+ yard runs that helped push his average above five yards-per-carry. The other two backs have struggled to get their legs under them, averaging less than 2.8 yards-per-carry. Likely to follow Montgomery, Aaron Jones will need to develop more consistency. However, with his two big runs coming late in the preseason, Jones looks poised to take advantage of his opportunity on Sunday.