The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks resume their playoff rivalry on Sunday when they collide in an NFC divisional round playoff game at Lambeau Field. The Packers (13-3) and Seahawks (12-5) have previously met three times in the postseason, with Green Bay holding a 2-1 edge. The Packers averaged 345.5 yards per game on offense during the regular season, while Seattle's defense gave up an average of 381.6 yards per game, the seventh-worst mark in the NFL.
Green Bay is 7-1 at home this season, but Seattle has covered the spread in eight of its last nine games as a road underdog. Kickoff is set for 6:40 p.m. ET. Green Bay is a 4.5-point favorite in the latest Packers vs. Seahawks odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 45.5. Before you make any Seahawks vs. Packers picks, you need to see the NFL predictions from SportsLine's resident Green Bay expert, R.J. White.
White has been SportsLine's top pro football analyst for three years. Since Jan. 1, 2017, the CBS Sports NFL editor and expert has returned $2,193 to $100 bettors on his NFL picks against the spread.
The stats guru, whose picks are coveted by fans everywhere, has hit it big in the world's most prestigious handicapping tournament -- the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest -- twice in the past five years. In addition, he has had a particularly keen eye for the Packers. In fact, he is an amazing 34-6 on his last 40 against-the-spread picks involving Green Bay, including the last five. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has dialed in on Packers vs. Seahawks in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs 2020 and released another confident against-the-spread pick. You can head to SportsLine to see it. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Seahawks vs. Packers:
- Packers vs. Seahawks spread: Green Bay -4.5
- Packers vs. Seahawks over-under: 45.5 points
- Packers vs. Seahawks money line: Green Bay -211, Seattle +176
- GB: LB Blake Martinez set the single-season franchise record in tackles (203)
- SEA: QB Russell Wilson ranked No. 3 in the NFL in touchdown passes (31)
Why the Packers can cover
White knows that the expected cold weather favors the Packers' Aaron Rodgers over Russell Wilson. In games 32 degrees or colder, Rodgers is 24-7 and has thrown 66 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. On the other hand, Wilson is 1-2 and has thrown four touchdowns against six interceptions in such games.
White has also taken into account that Green Bay running back Aaron Jones is in the midst of a breakout season. The third-year back had 1,558 all-purpose yards and 19 total touchdowns during the regular season. When he last faced the Seahawks, in November 2018, Jones had 103 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns. He is set up to have a good game against a Seattle defense that was 11th-worst in the league against the run, allowing 117.7 yards per game.
Why the Seahawks can cover
Opponents have had success running the ball against Green Bay this season. The Packers allowed 120.1 rushing yards per game during the regular season, which was the 10th most in the league. Even the Los Angeles Chargers, who had the fifth-worst rushing offense in the NFL, ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay. That bodes well for a Seattle offense that ranked fourth in the league in rushing, averaging 137.5 yards per game.
In addition, Seahawks defensive back Bradley McDougald is coming off the best game of his career. In the wild card victory over Philadelphia, the 29-year-old safety led the team with 11 tackles, including two for loss and a sack of Carson Wentz. He also was responsible for covering tight end Zach Ertz, who had just two catches for 44 yards, neither of which came against McDougald.
How to make Packers vs. Seahawks picks
White has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he's leaning under, he has discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing it only at SportsLine.
Who wins Packers vs. Seahawks? And what critical factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Seahawks vs. Packers spread you should jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL expert who's a whopping 34-6 on Green Bay games, and find out.