WHEN: Monday, 7:30 CST
WHERE: Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
TV: ESPN, Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya
SERIES: 11th meeting. The Packers lead the series, 6-4, plus 1-0 in the playoffs. Eight of those games were played in Wisconsin. Mike Holmgren led Seattle to a victory over his former team in 1999, but the Packers have won both regular-season games since then, plus a playoff game.
2006 RANKINGS: Packers: offense 10th (20th rush, 9th pass); defense 24th (11th rush, 31st pass). Seahawks: offense 25th (16th rush, 20th pass); defense 19th (17th rush, 19th pass)
PREDICTION: Seahawks 30-27
KEYS TO THE GAME: Packers QB Brett Favre said he expects to play despite an elbow injury that forced him out of last Sunday's game, and Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck is slated to return after missing four games with a knee injury.
Look for Green Bay to get back to the ground game after watching film of Seattle getting torched for 262 rushing yards by San Francisco. The Seahawks aren't tackling well and coach Mike Holmgren said too many assignments are being missed. Seattle's defense is very aggressive at home, where the noise at Qwest Field causes significant problems for opposing offenses, and will take any opportunity to rush linebackers against Green Bay's young offensive line likely to start three rookies.
The Seahawks are second with 35 sacks and the Packers third with 33, so Green Bay will attempt to pressure Hasselbeck and test his mobility. Seattle hopes RB Shaun Alexander is better able to hit the holes after looking tentative in his first game back from a broken foot.
Packers: Favre holds the NFL record with 197 touchdown passes on the road. ... Favre is second in Monday night history with 7,281 passing yards and 54 touchdown passes behind Dan Marino (9,654; 74).
Seahawks: Have not allowed a 25-plus-yard pass play in three games after allowing 13 through seven games. ... Are 26-4 (.867) in past 30 home games, outscoring opponents 806-517.