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Mailbag: Who wins a Packers-Seahawks NFC title game?

Each week, readers are invited to submit questions about the Green Bay Packers via Twitter using the hashtag #PackersMail. As the Packers prepare to travel to Buffalo for Sunday's game against the Bills, let's address some of this week's hot topics:

Demovsky: I think it's a bad matchup regardless of whether it's in Green Bay or Seattle. No defense has given Aaron Rodgers fits like the Seahawks have both in the 2012 Fail Mary game and in the season opener this season. Rodgers is one of the best big-play quarterbacks in the game, hence his career average of 8.3 yards per attempt. This season, he leads all quarterbacks at 8.8 yards per attempt. In the last two games against the Seahawks, Rodgers' number is just 5.7 yards per attempt. It looks like the Packers won't have to worry about their playoff nemesis from the last two years, the 49ers, but if they can avoid the Seahawks, too, they'd be much better off, even if they have home-field advantage.

Demovsky: For one thing, there are no roster moves allowed on Sunday. So if you think you need to add a player for a Sunday game, you must do it by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Most of the time, when they make a Saturday roster move, it's to get the player on the field or at least have him in case of emergency (like they did with tight end Justin Perillo in Week 12). But they have gone the inactive route a couple of times. They did it with offensive lineman Jamon Meredith in Week 10 and then cut him the next week. That was a case of protecting themselves in case either Josh Sitton or T.J. Lang had a setback with their injuries in the final 24 hours before the game. This past week, they signed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston on the day of the Monday night game but did not have him active. In that case, they knew Luther Robinson was going on injured reserve, so they figured they could use the day Monday to start getting Gaston up to speed rather than waiting a day. But there's no financial advantage to the team. They still have to pay the player for that week, whether they're active or not.

Demovsky: The way coach Mike McCarthy was talking this week, you get the sense that regardless of Eddie Lacy's hip injury, they were going to split the workload between him and James Starks. That was their plan last week, and Lacy got 18 touches (13 carries, five receptions) before he dropped out in the fourth quarter with the injury. Starks got 12 (10 carries, two catches). The balance could be closer to 50-50 this week. But one thing seems certain, Lacy isn't going to get the 20-plus carries he got against Minnesota and New England the previous two games. That might not happen until the playoffs.

Demovsky: McCarthy once said, actually I think he said it more than once, but I know he said it in his season-ending news conference last year: Statistics are for losers. They're better defensively for several reasons. They've shown they can beat a great quarterback (Tom Brady). They've shown they can actually win without forcing turnovers, something McCarthy said he wanted to see. They've shown they have playmakers at safety, which was their weakest link last year. They've shown, at times, they can get late-game stops. Do they still have issues? Yes. Their run defense remains shaky, and Julio Jones took advantage of their shoddy coverage on Monday night. But the eye test tells you this defense is better. However, is it good enough?

Demovsky: Jared Abbrederis tore his ACL before he even got to the Family Night scrimmage the first weekend in August, so there's little evidence to support an argument one way or the other except for this: GM Ted Thompson keeps his draft picks. It's the reason Demetri Goodson (a sixth-round pick) made the team over Jumal Rolle (who has gone on to success with Houston) and the reason Carl Bradford (a fourth-round pick who has been inactive every game this season) is still around. The only 2014 draft picks not on the roster - Abbrederis (fifth round) and defensive tackle Khyri Thornton (third round) -- are both on injured reserve. Now, perhaps it would have been Abbrederis on the 53 instead of Jeff Janis, who has been active just three times this season.