It is said that the third preseason game is the dress rehearsal for Opening Day. If that is the case both the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers had best hope that the old bromide "A bad dress rehearsal heralds a good Opening Night" turns out to be true. In a game marred by penalty after penalty the Hawks defeated the Packers 17-10 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Friday night. The Seahawks had the most penalties (14) and the most penalty yardage (142) that they have had in their last 10 preseason games.
The Seahawks won their eighth straight preseason game as exhibition games are a sort of bloodsport to Head Coach Pete Carroll. Long after the Packers first unit was seated on the bench, Russell Wilson and the Hawks starters, both offensive and defensive, were whaling away on the Packers replacements. Even at that, Wilson was not sterling. He was 11/17 through the air but was intercepted twice. The first interception was a tipped pass.
The offensive standout for Seattle was rookie runner Christine Michael who gained 89 yards on 11 carries and scored the touchdown that provided the winning margin. Green Bay's most dynamic series was led by Vince Young. The third overall pick in the 2006 draft is attempting to resurrect his troubled career. Young ran for 39 yards and threw for 41 in leading the Packers to their only touchdown.
The final game of the practice season has the Hawks hosting the Oakland Raiders next Thursday night at Century Link Field. After that the final scores matter, beginning with Opening Day Sunday September, 8th in Carolina.