Aaron Rodgers passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Seattle Seahawks 36 Green Bay Packers 16: Headed toward recovery

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
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
A. Rodgers 23/33 189 5.7 1 1 3-14 81.5
Team 23/33 175 4.9 1 1 3-14

 

Seattle Passing

C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
R. Wilson 19/28 191 6.8 2 0 1-0 110.9
Team 19/28 191 6.6 2 0 1-0

 

The Seahawks ran 66 offensive plays to the Packers’ 57 plays; they cranked out 398 yards to the Packers’ 255.

 

Team Stat Comparison

GB
SEA
1st Downs 19 25
Passing 1st downs
13 8
Rushing 1st downs
4 13
1st downs from penalties
2 4
3rd down efficiency
6-12 4-11
4th down efficiency
0-1 1-1
Total Plays 57 66
Total Yards 255 398
Yards per play 4.5 6.0
Total Drives 10 10
Passing 175 191
Comp-Att
23-33 19-28
Yards per pass
4.9 6.6
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-14 1-0
Rushing 80 207
Rushing Attempts
21 37
Yards per rush
3.8 5.6
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-3 3-5
Penalties 8-65 4-69
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost
0 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 26:40 33:20

 

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.

 

Green Bay Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
J. Starks 7 37 5.3 0 12
E. Lacy 12 34 2.8 0 15
D. Harris 1 7 7.0 0 7
J. Kuhn 1 2 2.0 1 2
Team 21 80 3.8 1 15

Seattle Rushing

CAR YDS AVG TD LG
M. Lynch 20 110 5.5 2 21
P. Harvin 4 41 10.3 0 16
R. Wilson 7 29 4.1 0 13
R. Turbin 6 27 4.5 0 7
Team 37 207 5.6 2 21

 

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.

Green Bay Receiving

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
J. Nelson 9 83 9.2 0 16 14
R. Cobb 6 58 9.7 1 23 9
A. Quarless 3 26 8.7 0 18 4
J. Starks 2 11 5.5 0 11 3
E. Lacy 3 11 3.7 0 12 3
Team 23 189 8.2 1 23 33

Seattle Receiving

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
P. Harvin 7 59 8.4 0 33 7
Z. Miller 3 42 14.0 0 24 4
R. Lockette 2 38 19.0 1 33 3
D. Coleman 1 15 15.0 1 15 1
M. Lynch 1 14 14.0 0 14 1
D. Baldwin 3 14 4.7 0 6 5
J. Kearse 1 8 8.0 0 8 3
L. Willson 1 1 1.0 0 1 1
Team 19 191 10.1 2 33 25
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