Packer Report pundits predict ...

Swayed by Hasselbeck's possible absence, our staff likes the Packers on a 6-2 vote.

Todd Korth (3-2)

Packers 38, Seahawks 35

The Seahawks are hurting in a number of areas, including quarterback. So are the Packers, but the good news from 1265 Lombardi Ave. this week is the return of a few players who have been sidelined by injuries. The Packers seem determined to execute better, which will mean that they get back to .500 after Mason Crosby makes a late, game-winning field goal

W. Keith Roerdink (3-2)

Seahawks 26, Packers 24

Another winnable game that won't be won. After watching the Packers drop one to the Falcons last week, it's hard to imagine them going across the country and beating a more talented Seahawks team that's as desperate to win as they are. When it's close, go with the home team. Now, that doesn't mean Green Bay couldn't win, and if you check my record, you'll see I'm often wrong, but this doesn't look like the same team that started the season 2-0. Aaron Rodgers is putting up solid numbers and the running game finally showed up, but the offense feels like it's pressing rather than flowing and the defense looks lost. You can blame the latter on injuries. All that talk coaches give about not using them as an excuse and other players stepping up is ridiculous. Starters are starters because they're better than the guys behind them. And when you get too many backups in the starting lineup, it's going to get ugly.

Doug Ritchay (3-2)

Seahawks 27, Packers 21

Both teams need a win badly, as the Packers and Seahawks are not playing up to expectations. Seattle is traditionally a difficult place to play, and after getting hammered last week by the Giants 44-6, Mike Holmgren's worst loss ever, something tells me "The Emperor" will find a way to beat his old team one more time, and the Packers fall to 2-4 with the Colts coming to visit.

Tom Andrews (3-2)

Packers 17, Seahawks 14

This game shapes up as a battle of two struggling M*A*S*H units, but I give a slight edge to Packers because Aaron Rodgers should prevail over Charlie Frye in the quarterback matchup. Ryan Grant will have to pick up where he left off in the second half against Atlanta last week. Having fullback Korey Hall back should be a boost for the offense, as will Green Bay's receiver matchups against Seattle's porous secondary. Meanwhile, the Packers' defensive line must finally pick it up this week. If they can't slow running backs Julius Jones, T. J. Duckett and Maurice Morris, they will be in for another long afternoon.

Bill Huber (2-3)

Packers 27, Seahawks 20

Call me a sucker, but I believe the talk coming out of the locker room. The defense is tired of getting pushed around, and short-handed or not, it will make enough three-and-out stops so it stays fresh for the end of the game. Offensively, Ryan Grant came alive in the second half last week, and he'll do enough to hush a raucous Seahawks crowd and take some of the pressure off of Aaron Rodgers.

Matt Tevsh (2-3)

Packers 24, Seahawks 21

With Hasselbeck likely out, the Packers get a good break. I look for both teams to rush for 150-plus yards, but in end, the Seahawks can't muster enough passing offense to beat the Packers. The Packers get a big road win in a tough environment.

Tyler Dunne (2-3)

Packers 23, Seahawks 17

Green Bay can not afford to lose this one. After last week's debacle, must-win pressure is reaching its climax. Luckily, the Packers meet a team more banged up than they are. If Green Bay can't stop the immortalized connection of Charlie Frye-to-Koren Robinson on Sunday, you can pretty much flush postseason hopes down the drain. It's time to establish the run — early — and stick with it. Seattle's 24th-ranked rush defense gives Ryan Grant a perfect opportunity to finally break out. He showed flashes of his 2007 form last week. Flashes. It's up to Mike McCarthy to make Grant a focal point, rather than a carry-once-in-awhile flash.

Bob Fox (2-3)

Packers 31, Seahawks 20

The Packers are at a crossroads with a 2-3 record. It is time to put up or shut up, no matter the injury situation. The 1-3 Seahawks gave up 523 yards last week to the New York Giants, 251 of them on the ground. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren is trying to get the Seahawks motivated this week as he has taken his coaching up an octave in practice. Mike McCarthy has done the same in practice this week with the Pack. Still, it will be up to the players to do their assignments correctly and to show which team has the fortitude to move on to make this season meaningful.

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