TV: Fox (Chris Rose, JC Pearson, Nischelle Turner).
Series: 12th regular-season meeting. Packers lead 6-5. The NFC foes are playing in Seattle for only the fourth time. The Seahawks have won two of the previous three meetings at home, most recently beating the Packers 34-24 at Qwest Field in 2006. Counting the postseason, Green Bay has won four of six games against former Packers coach Mike Holmgren since he bolted for Seattle in 1999. The Packers have won both playoff meetings with the Seahawks, including 42-20 in the NFC divisional round at Green Bay last season.
Keys to the game: The slow start of Packers running back Ryan Grant shouldn't be a major concern this week. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' sprained shoulder affected his zip on the ball but not accuracy last week, and this week he takes aim at a beleaguered Seahawks secondary. Rodgers will try to avoid cornerback Marcus Trufant and target struggling Josh Wilson and Kelly Jennings, who was demoted this week. ... Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has to protect his defense, and it would make sense for him to lean on running back Julius Jones. After all, the Packers are allowing 161.4 rushing yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has a sore knee that could limit his mobility and kept him out of practice all week. Still, this is Holmgren we're talking about, and he won't be able to resist the urge of attacking the Packers' injury-depleted secondary.
Packers injury report
Out — Cornerback Al Harris (spleen).
Probable (75 percent chance of player availability) — Tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring); fullback Korey Hall (knee); linebacker A.J. Hawk (groin); quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder); safety Aaron Rouse (knee); cornerback Charles Woodson (toe).
Changes — Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (illness) was removed from the injury list while Lee was added.
Seahawks injury report
Fast facts: The Packers are second in the NFL with 44 penalties and are first with 419 penalty yards. ... Seahawks WR Koren Robinson is expected to start in place of Billy McMullen.
Inside the Seahawks: Do your thing
One of the things Seattle's defensive coaches are telling their players is they have to stop trying to do too much and take care of their own responsibility.
Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said it is only human nature for a player, in the course of a blowout such as the 44-6 loss to New York, to try to make a big play to stem the tide of a game running out of control.
But the result of that is more big plays, which is what happened against the Giants.
For instance, at the end of the first quarter, after watching Brandon Jacobs run through the defense, Josh Wilson and Brian Russell bit on a play fake to Jacobs and allowed Domenik Hixon to sprint past them for a 41-yard pass that set up a field goal.
"If we are going to be a family, let us be a family," safety Deon Grant said. "If a guy has the outside edge, then have the outside edge. If a guy (is) supposed to be blocking the A gap for the running back, then make sure you do your job. We just got beat because we were doing our own thing as individuals this last game."
Holmgren singled out cornerback Marcus Trufant as the only defensive player having a good season. Holmgren said his other Pro Bowl players — Lofa Tatupu, Patrick Kerney and Julian Peterson — need to play better in order for the defense, ranked 27th, to improve.
"The Pro Bowl players that we have have to play great," Holmgren said. "That's expected of those guys. When a game pops up when any of our Pro Bowl players don't meet that expectation, they're disappointed. I don't have to talk too much to them. They set a pretty high standard of themselves. I think if you ask Lofa ... we expect a lot from him and his best football this season is still ahead of him."
As much as the Seahawks say they plan to run the football today, the Packers want to counter on the ground with better success than they've had through five games. Green Bay is averaging only 95.6 rushing yards per game, but Ryan Grant is getting healthier and is poised for his first 100-yard game of the season after gashing Seattle for 201 yards in the Packers' lopsided playoff win at Lambeau Field in January.
Rodgers had a gutsy performance playing in pain with a sprained right shoulder in the Packers' loss to Atlanta last Sunday. He was able to make a few downfield throws, but keeping those to a minimum with Rodgers in recovery mode is the viable approach. As such, look for Rodgers and his playmaking receiving corps to exploit Seattle's vulnerable defensive backs with a healthy dose of slants and crosses.
Given the plethora of injuries to their receivers and the residual inconsistencies by Hasselbeck, the Seahawks will be resorting to the run. That will mean a lot of Julius Jones, with help from Maurice Morris and T.J. Duckett. The Packers have proved the last three weeks they can't stop anyone from running the football, even when they load up the box, surrendering a season average of 161.4 yards per game.
Green Bay, though, will have to account for rookie tight end John Carlson in Seattle's scaled-down passing attack. Carlson is the type of sure-handed target over the middle that gives the Packers fits.