Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks: 2014 Game 1
Two years later, the Packers return to the scene of the Fail Mary to take on the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.
Last week, my Mike McCarthy said, ““I don’t know if I’ve felt this good coming out of the preseason as I do tonight.” His feelings will get a major test tonight.
Will the faster, more aggressive defense (modeled after the Seahawks) have the kind of success that is expected on paper?
All that No Huddle and hand signals practice will be put to good use tonight.
When was the last time the Packers voluntarily dressed only 4WR for a game? Heavy dose of Eddie Lacy tonight?
Today’s captains for the Packers will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
64 DT Mike Pennel
83 WR Jeff Janis
86 TE Brandon Bostick
91 LB Jayrone Elliott
27 CB Tharold Simon
33 RB Christine Michael
58 LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
81 WR Kevin Norwood
84 TE Cooper Helfet
88 WR Phil Bates
98 DE Greg Scruggs
This year’s camp: Based on our facts and evaluation, our production coming out of training camp is as high as it’s ever been.
Continual prep for that first game: The reality is, when you game plan, you won’t be able to run everything in your first game, so there’s always carry over to the next game. We purposely kepth things a little light tonight – noise
Randall Cobb: We had to adjust our philosophy on special teams. Randall had a huge impact on special teams when he was back there. We’re just getting our best people on the field
Concern for Linsley: Oh, I’m not concerned, I’m excited for Corey – he’s well prepared for this football game.
Peppers on D: Excited to see our defense, the combinations we can play with Peppers, can’t wait to see what we can do.
Packers vs. Seahawks – First Impressions – First Half:
Seattle wins the toss and defers. Let the noise begin!
DuJuan Harris takes the opening kickoff 5 yards deep in the end zone. No hesitation on his part, but Seahawks are down field super fast to bring him down at the 13 yard line.
Lacy looking good… so they switch to Starks? Anyway, would like to see Lacy tuck the ball in a little better. Almost had it knocked out from behind on his 15yd scamper.
Clinton-Dix shows he can close quickly, running down Russel Wilson and pushing him out of bounds for no gain.
Roughing the punter, dropped interception, and almost too many men on the field on 4th and one. Despite all that, defense looked pretty good, especially the secondary.
Since Seattle does not move their corners, Packers letting Richard Sherman have his fun with #3 WR Jarret Boykin, with Jordy Nelson staying on the opposite side.
Mike Daniels in the backfield and John Kuhn with a great second and third effort to get into the end zone. I like Kuhn with a lead blocker a lot better than the dive play.
Bulaga is really flexing that extra strength he added over the last year. Crushed a few guys that last drive. #Packers
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 7 SEA 3
Any kind of misdirection the Seahawks are running is working…
Not more than a minute after I write that, Seattle fakes out most of the Packers defense (Shields especially) with a read option (yeah that again) and score. 80 yards, six plays.
Bulaga and Richard Rodgers both writhing around on the ground – on to the commercials!!! Pure torture…
One piece of advice for the #Packers running backs – take the hole that’s there. Any time you try to get fancy vs this D, you go nowhere. They pursue and tackle as well as anybody.
Packers LB crew getting eaten up. Lynch / Harvin having a field day getting into the secondary.
Uncanny how the #Packers save their penalties for the worst possible times…always canceling out a positive play. Jones with illegal contact, cancelling a Peppers/Matthews sack.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 10 SEA 17
Packers vs. Seahawks – First Impressions – Second Half:
Packers open the half with a stop, but only when the Seahawks stop giving the ball to Lynch. Seahawks do the Packers a huge favor every time they don’t hand off to Lynch. Pass rush and pass defense has been good.
And… first play of the Packers’ drive, interception off the hands of Nelson. Seahawks first and goal at the eight yard line. Packers hold them to a field goal – huge.
Don’t quite understand the Packers love affair with Letroy Guion. Very pedestiran for the Vikings, only 10 days of practice and here he is starting.
Would love to see some snaps for Jamari Lattimore in this game…
Sherrod, playing well for Bulaga, gives up a sack as the Packers go for it on 4th and 5 on the Seattle 45. Was exactly what Sherrod showed problems with in preseason – speed rushers.
Packers D holds. Tramon Williams looking very solid tonight, as is the whole secondary.
Sherrod waves the red blanket and says, “Ole!” Sack, fumble, safety, penalty, all on one play. Did they miss anything?
Sack, fumble, safety, penalty, all on one play. Did they miss anything?
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 10 SEA 22
James Starks doing a nice job making something out of nothing.
Brad Jones again with a holding penalty – this time nullifies a big 3rd down stop. He’s had a horror of a game.
Will have to watch again to be sure, but my impression is Mike Daniels has had a quiet game.
Collingsworth, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Packers players break into the backfield and just be unable to make a tackle”. That hurts – ’cause it’s true.
Packers are made to look simply foolish. Seattle with a 4th and one, play action, another uncovered receiver TD.
Seattle, unfortunately, was what I though they were. Too good for the Packers. At least in week 1.
Lacy has concussion-like symptons. Joy…
Final Score: GB 16 SEA 36
Packers did themselves no favors, but no doubt, Seahawks the far better team tonight. Out-played and out-coached the Packers. Thoroughly.
Looking for positives. Packers pass defense has been very good. Packers pass rush is definitely improved. Corey Linsley was fine. Crosby was perfect. I think that’s it.
If Jamari Lattimore has not earned the right to play, you can be sure Brad Jones has compromising nude pics of the coaching staff.
To me, Julius Peppers looks best used as situational pass rusher. Seemed a bit slow to react when not rushing the passer.
Michelle Tafoya is by far my favorite sideline reporter.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.