Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks: 5 matchups to watch

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4. Packers pass defense vs Seahawks pass-catchers

While the Seahawks don’t possess any world-beaters at the wide receiver or tight end spot, the Packers don’t possess any top-flight defensive backs outside of rookie Jaire Alexander. Cornerback Kevin King has already been ruled out for this game, along with starting safety Kentrell Brice. Bashaud Breeland will be tasked with another big matchup in the form of Tyler Lockett. Lockett has great speed, and speed receivers have been a difficult task for the Packers this season.

Doug Baldwin might find it difficult to come by a lot looks this week due to who is expected to be lined up across from him. Alexander is steadily rising through the ranks of cornerbacks this season. He brings an attitude and swagger that this defense has lacked for a long time. He can energize a crowd with just a few plays, but he’ll be looking to take the Seahawks’ 12th man out of everything on Thursday night.

At the end of the day, everything might come down to the play of rookie Josh Jackson. Jackson figures to play major snaps this week, but he has been extremely inconsistent so far this year. Quarterback Russell Wilson gets better as the season goes on, and he’ll be trying to take advantage of the rookie this week. If Jackson gets caught with a double move or two, that could decide the entire game.