Former Badger Wilson Leads Seahawks Against Packers
When the 2012 NFL schedule came out Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks (8:30 pm ET, ESPN) looked like a matchup of a backup quarterback who left to be a starter somewhere else going against his former team.
But free-agent pickup Matt Flynn couldn’t beat out rookie Russell Wilson as the starter in Seattle, so instead Monday's game will match a former Wisconsin Badger against the Packers.
Green Bay opened at most NFL betting shops as a 3.5-point favorite for Monday night's game, with a total of 47. But as of Monday morning the Packers had been dropped to -3 at most places, and the total had plunged to as low as 44.
In his first-ever NFL start Wilson got the Seahawks to within five yards of victory in Arizona, but Seattle came up empty on its last-ditch drive and lost 20-16. Then last week, with help from a blocked punt returned for a score and 122 yards rushing from Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks got Wilson his first NFL win, a 27-7 decision over Dallas.
Through the first two games as a pro Wilson has hit on 61 percent of his throws, with just one interception, and rushed for 48 yards.
On the other side of this matchup, Green Bay - after going 15-1 last year - lost its season opener at home to San Francisco 30-22. But the Packers bounced back in rousing fashion last Thursday, bouncing the rival Bears 23-10.
The Seahawks have a chance to add to the considerable success NFL home underdogs have had so far this season. So far this weekend home dogs on the NFL betting lines have won four of seven games outright, going 4-3 against the spread. So on the season home dogs are now 11-6 straight up and 12-5 ATS.
Seattle and Green Bay last met three seasons ago, at Lambeau Field, a game won by the Packers 48-10. But the Seahawks will field a very different team Monday night, with a different head coach and different quarterback.