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Seattle Seahawks crush Green Bay 36-16 in season opener

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The Seattle Seahawks rocked the Green Bay Packers for a 36-16 win on Thursday night. With a punishing running game, and solid defense, Seattle proved that they are the class of the NFL right now.

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In four consecutive NFL games, they’ve beaten Drew Brees, Colin Kaepernick, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers. That’s hard to do over a course of a whole season, let alone back to back performances like the Seahawks’ defense has displayed.

Offensively, the Seahawks were as efficient as ever. Russell Wilson led the Super Bowl champions on 19/28 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns. On the Seahawks’ first drive, Wilson escaped an interception due to a game changing play by Zach Miller. It was the type of hustle play that makes Seattle the favorite to repeat.

Marshawn Lynch led the Seahawks’ ground game with 110 yards on 20 carries. Time and again, Lynch ran through the Green Bay Packers’ defense, shaking off defenders with his powerful, yet elusive style. Lynch also scored two touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Seattle also unleashed a new weapon that teams have to prepare for. Percy Harvin had 11 touches for 100 yards. Harvin, the most dynamic player in the NFL, averaged 10 yards per carry on four attempts, and Seattle used an array of sweeps to establish perimeter dominance. Pete Carroll even admired a tough third down catch by Harvin that was converted into a first down.

Aaron Rodgers completed 23/33 passes for 189 yards. He also accounted for one touchdown and an interception. Most of the game, Rodgers was consistently releasing the ball, utilizing the quick passing game. However, the Packers were unable to sustain many drives that resulted into points. Their entire game plan was to avoid Richard Sherman on one side of the field.

With the Packers trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, a muffed punt by Earl Thomas turned into Green Bay’s first scoring drive. John Kuhn finished off the 34 yard drive with a two yard touchdown run. Other than that, Green Bay had a tough time creating any offensive momentum.

Seattle answered the four point deficit with a touchdown drive of their own. Russell Wilson connected with Ricardo Lockette for a 33 yard touchdown pass that was eerily similar to Auburn’s game tying touchdown in play against Alabama last year. Russell faked the handoff and attacked the line of scrimmage. As the secondary started to play the run aggressively, Wilson whipped a pass to a wide open Lockette, who had one defender to beat in the open field.

Even when Green Bay earned a 44 yard pass interference penalty, the Packers had trouble converting their possession into points. Aaron Rodgers had a chance to retake the lead, instead, Green Bay settled for a game tying field goal by Mason Crosby.

From that point on, the Seahawks outscored the Packers 26-6 by unleashing “Beast Mode” on the worn out defense. Seattle was holding a 29-16 lead with 2:35 left in the game when they decided to go for the jugular. On fourth and 1 from the Green Bay 15, Wilson faked a handoff to Lynch, then hit a wide open Derrick Coleman for the game clinching score.

It was a total team effort by the Super Bowl champions, and the Seahawks have not shown any signs of letting up.

Notes:

Seattle Seahawks: (1-0) Green Bay Packers (0-1)

Seattle gained 207 yards on the ground compared to Green Bay’s 80.

Eddie Lacy carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards before leaving the game with a concussion.

Aaron Rodgers was sacked three times, including one that caused a fumble and recovered for a safety.

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