by Sam Newman
On Thursday, September 4, the defending Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks faced one of the top contenders in the NFC the Green Bay Packers. The final score was Seattle 36-Green Bay 16.
The quarterback battle between these teams did not go as expected. Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback, did not do as well as expected. He completed 70% of his passes with 189 yards. He also had a touchdown, interception, and a safety to go along with that which didn’t help his team too much. Russell Wilson, Seattle’s quarterback, had 220 total yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The running game of Seattle is what put away the Packers. The Seahawk’s running back Marshawn Lynch had more rushing yards then all of the Packer’s backs combined. He finished the game with 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns. In my mind Lynch was the offensive difference maker of this game.
At halftime the game was only a seven point game. The score was 17-10 Seattle.
Seattle’s defense improved in the second half only allowing six points while forcing a safety and an interception. Seattle’s cornerbacks excluding Richard Sherman shut down the Packer’s receiving core. Sherman shut down the Packer’s WR3 but did not challenge himself by taking Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb. The Packers stayed away from Sherman and got showed up by the rest of the “Legion of Boom.” That is why I think Seattle’s corners were the defensive difference makers of this game.
Seattle will look to continue this type of play next week at San Diego. The Packers will look to bounce back and win next week against the New York Jets.