The Seattle Seahawks invaded Lambeau Field tonight, proceeded to run all over the Packers defense and came away with a 17-10 win in both teams’ third preseason contest. Seattle improved to 3-0 and the Packers fell to 1-2.
After Seattle drove the field on their first possession that was capped with a field goal, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on a 52-yard drive on their first possession, featuring a 21-yard strike to Jermichael Finley. However, that drive bogged down and Mason Crosby connected from 39 yards to tie the game at 3-3.
That’s when both teams dug in and basically pushed each other around for the next three quarters of the game. When it was all over, the Seahawks had rushed for 166 yards, which was the stat that broke the Packers back.
While teams want to win the game, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had a goal to get every player into the game and he did just that. He wanted to see how his backups played against the first-teamers for the Seahawks. If that was the goal, it was mission accomplished. With plenty of tape on just about every player on the roster, the Packers, according to McCarthy, will begin the evaluation process in the morning.
Probably the biggest standout for the Packers on the evening was quarterback Vince Young. With a near perfect 130 quarterback rating, Young showed his athleticism while playing in the second half. He passed and ran the Packers to their only touchdown of the night and seemingly played himself onto the team with his performance.
However, don’t tell McCarthy that. As for the Packers backup quarterback situation, here’s what he said after the game:
“It’s not resolved. Last year it came down to the last week before we made the decision. We’re still working through the process.”
However, when watching Graham Harrell play tonight, it’s clear he’s not the answer. B.J. Coleman throws a better ball and will be a practice squad player again.
While McCarthy didn’t give an answer about the overall quarterback situation, here’s what he had to say about Vince Young:
“I thought he took a step today. He took the team right down the field. He made plays with his legs, so yeah, I think he took a step.”
Translation: Young made the plays and Harrell Didn’t.
So if there’s one thing that’s been resolved, it looks like Vince Young has finally gotten the advantage.
Cutdown days come next week as teams must get to the 53-man roster just after the final preseason game. The Packers play at Kansas City Thursday night, but expect the announcement of cuts to start as early as Monday.