SERIES: 9th meeting. Series tied, 4-4. The last meeting occurred in November 1999 when Mike Holmgren was in his first season as Seahawks coach. The Seahawks won easily, 27-7, which in some ways was the beginning of the end for Ray Rhodes in Green Bay. Now Rhodes returns as Seahawks' defensive coordinator.
2003 RANKINGS: Seahawks: offense 19th (13th rush, 27th pass); defense 20th (9th rush, 23rd pass). Packers: offense 12th (12th rush, 20th pass); defense 24th (23rd rush, 18th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Seahawks hope RT Floyd Womack (turf toe) is able to play, which would allow QB Matt Hasselbeck to look downfield more often. If backup Matt Hill is forced to play, he'll need blocking help that will take away the deep passing game. Seattle also wants to get TEs Itula Mili and Jerramy Stevens more involved as receivers. No one knows Packers QB Brett Favre better than Seattle coach Mike
Holmgren. Favre, who forces several balls a game, must be careful against an aggressive Seahawks secondary creating a lot of turnovers under former Green Bay defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes. Seattle doesn't get much of a pass rush, and the Packers have allowed only one sack this season.
FAST FACTS: Seahawks: The team is 3-11 in games following a bye week. ... Are trying to improve to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. ... Lead the NFL with a plus-12 turnover ratio. Packers: RB Ahman Green has team-record five rushes of 50 yards or more, and Green Bay is 16-0 when he rushes for at least 100 yards. ... The team is 23-3 under coach Mike Sherman when it scores first.
PREDICTED SCORE: Packers 24, Seahawks 20
RT Floyd Womack was downgraded from questionable to doubtful Thursday. Womack has a painful turf-toe injury that hasn't improved sufficiently since he played through the condition during a Sept. 14 win at Arizona. Third-string RT Matt Hill will almost certainly make a second consecutive start Sunday.
LB Anthony Simmons was added to the injury report Thursday thanks to a nagging foot injury. Simmons, listed as probable, practiced Thursday.
DT Norman Hand remained listed as questionable on the injury report Thursday, but he missed practice again. Hand hasn't played since Sept. 14.
LB Orlando Huff remained listed as questionable on the injury report Thursday. He suffered a sprained ankle during a Sept. 21 win over St. Louis. Seattle counts Huff among its special-teams contributors.
RT Matt Hill expects to start Sunday at Green Bay after RT Floyd Womack was downgraded to doubtful on the injury report Thursday. The Seahawks keep a TE or RB at the ready to help Hill in pass protection. Hill should fare better against Green Bay as long as Rams DE Leonard Little doesn't show up in a Packers uniform. Little's combination of power and speed overwhelmed Hill two weeks ago (Sept. 21). Hill has quick feet, but he is not yet strong enough to handle bull-rushing
DEs. The Packers feature a speed rusher in DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, but "KGB" isn't a power player and he tends to play RDE most of the time. Having Hill (and to a lesser extent Womack) in the lineup forces coach Mike Holmgren to scale back his plans. Seattle has all but eliminated traditional seven-step drops from its playbook since losing starting RT Chris Terry to a four-game suspension.
FB Nick Luchey had surgery Tuesday to insert three pins into his left thumb that was broken in two places by a pass in practice two weeks ago. He has been fitted with a cast and hopes to play soon.
S Antuan Edwards (ankle) sat out practice Thursday but says he will play Sunday against Seattle.
RB Najeh Davenport (hamstring) practiced Thursday and should be available. He also dropped a pass during practice, after which RB coach Sylvester Croom put him on the Jugs machine.
DE Aaron Kampman (ankle) worked two days this week and should be ready to go. He has missed the last two games.
DE Joe Johnson (Achilles' tendon) missed practice Thursday. He is listed as probable.
WR Antonio Chatman isn't worried about the acquisition earlier in the week of
WR-KR Reggie Swinton from Dallas. "It's out of my hands," Chatman said. "I'm trying to make something happen. When you don't have a block, what are you going to do?" Chatman ranks 15th in punt returns (9.4) and 16th in kickoff returns (23.4). His job appears safe for now.
QB Brett Favre faces his former coaches, Mike Holmgren and Ray Rhodes, Sunday when Seattle comes to
Lambeau. "I think in attacking our offense right now, you better stop the running game first," Favre said. "If you go in and stop me, then we'll just run the ball down your throat."
INSIDE THE CAMPS
The Seahawks made it clear Thursday that they plan to face Green Bay with third-string RT Matt Hill in the lineup. The revelation came when Seattle downgraded injured RT Floyd Womack from questionable to doubtful.
Womack has a painful turf-toe injury that hasn't improved sufficiently since he played through the condition during a Sept. 14 win at Arizona. Hill struggled during a home win over St. Louis the next week, forcing coaches to alter their plans.
Hill should fare better against Green Bay as long as Rams DE Leonard Little doesn't show up in a Packers uniform Sunday. Little possesses a rare combination of power and speed. Hill has quick feet, but he is not yet strong enough to handle bull-rushing
The Packers feature a speed rusher in DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, but "KGB" isn't a power player and he tends to play RDE most of the time.
Having Hill and to a lesser extent Womack in the lineup forces coach Mike Holmgren to scale back his plans. Seattle has all but eliminated traditional seven-step drops from its playbook since losing starting RT Chris Terry to a four-game suspension.
This might be the first time in history when a quarterback will be playing against two of his former head coaches.
It will be the case Sunday at Lambeau Field when Brett Favre goes up against Seattle coach Mike Holmgren and his defensive coordinator, Ray Rhodes.
Favre has played against Holmgren once before. That was a Monday night game at Lambeau in November 1999. Favre had four interceptions (two more were dropped), two fumbles and the Packers were destroyed, 27-7.
Holmgren said he got together with Rhodes early in the week and told him what he knew about
Favre. Rhodes, the Packers' head coach in 1999, has his own book on Favre.
"How they approach it, I don't know," Favre said. "I don't know how many games I've played, but I have been shut down numerous occasions and most of those have been because of me.
"I can't think of too many times where I was just stopped."
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