Friday, 22 September, 2017

Seahawks vs. Packers: Highlights, game tracker and more

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Garry Little | 12 September, 2017, 00:16

The Seattle Seahawks opened the season against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field - one of the most chaotic stadiums in professional football.

The Packers had the best defense on the field.

It was a rousing debut for the revamped Packers defense, which will face a bigger challenge next week at Atlanta.

This ineffective season opener is reminiscent of previous year when the Seahawks scored only 15-points in their first 2 games. Before Seattle drove for a field goal to close the first half, the Packers had allowed all of one first down. It is only the first game of the season, but Wilson took a lot of hits and was seen on the ground more than he was standing up.

But if the penalties were hard to see, the larger issue for Seattle was that its offense was basically invisible.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Green Bay is favored at home in this game, as the Packers are getting odds of -3 points against the Seahawks. It was uttered by Aaron Rodgers when the Packers were mired in a 4-6 funk and referred to the team practically needing to win out to make the playoffs. "It's time to go win games", coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Seahawks' home opener is 1:25 p.m. next Sunday against San Francisco. Something has to give when the Packers have the ball. He finished as Green Bay's second-best overall play against the Seahawks, largely for his production against the run.

"That was the 2016 team; it's 2017", safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said. We all have a different mindset going into these ballgames.

Wilson threw to Graham on two of the game's bigger-and for Seattle, more frustrating-plays. "On paper, we look wonderful".

Early in the game, defensive tackle Nazair Jones stepped in front of a pass, secured it and ran it back to the end zone before his touchdown was called back. Green Bay allowed 30 or more points in five of its regular-season setbacks previous year and recently added former Pro-Bowl linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a mix that includes outside linebacker Clay Matthews (career-low five sacks) and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (five interceptions). However, many of those who watched the replay disagreed. "He's done everything we have asked of him, for weeks and weeks now", Carroll said. "Everybody has an opinion". You're either with us or you're going to throw us under the bus when things don't go right.

"It wasn't like we were far, far off or anything like that", Wilson said.

Their performance said otherwise. "I only play one game at a time", said Wilson, who starred in his senior season in college with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2011. Only, instead of the discussing how great both were playing, the main talk was about them running for their lives. Guys were communicating. Guys were encouraging each other.

Normally in Green Bay, the defense's job is to stay out of the offense's way. "And that's actually up from $14.6 million in the previous season".

Until Sunday, that is.

Except for a two-minute anomoly at the end of the first half, the Seahawks' offense was entirely ineffective Sunday. Perry would post the highest grade in the game (by Pro Football Focus metrics) at 89.7. "We want to put that on our belt just to show that we have a standard here and that's being dominant".

Yes, it was only one game, but that was a statement the Packers defense couldn't have made last season.

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