The Green Bay Packers were outhit, out hustled, outplayed, out coached and simply run out of CenturyLink Field Thursday night when they drew the world champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFL’s regular season opener – the final score was 36-16.
While the Seahawks ran away with the game in the end, it was a much more competitive contest for the first 30 minutes. But it was the second half when the wheels fell off. Once again the Packers defense was on the field much too long and visibly wore down against the physical and talented Seahawks.
Losing right tackle Bryan Bulaga didn’t help the Packers cause and it was the poor play of replacement tackle Derek Sherrod that led to at least a couple of sacks and a safety that came when Aaron Rodgers fumbled while being sacked.
Missed tackles, poor field position and even a running into the kicker penalty hurt the Packers tonight, but it was the two defensive holding penalties by linebacker Brad Jones – both leading to first downs – that crushed the Packers chances.
It seemed that Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson exchanged uniforms tonight; Rodgers completed 23-of-33 passes for just 189 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Rodgers was sacked only 3 times tonight, which was a good thing, but his passes only averaged 5.7 yards.
|Green Bay Passing|
The Seahawks ran 66 offensive plays to the Packers’ 57 plays; they cranked out 398 yards to the Packers’ 255.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.5||6.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||3-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
Seattle’s running game was also dominant tonight. Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 20 times for 110 yards, but Percy Harvin was a pain for the Packers, rushing 4 times of 41 yards.
James Starks led the Packers in rushing, picking up 37 yards on seven carries. Last year’s rookie of the year, Eddie Lacy, ran 12 times for 34 yards, but was also concussed near the end of the game.
Rodgers spread the ball around to five different receivers. Jordy Nelson led the Packers with 9 catches for 83 yards. Randall Cobb also had 6 catches for 58 yards.
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