The Packers needed to start the 2017 season fast, and with a stellar performance by a defense that only allowed three field goals…they got off to the right start. This was a defensive battle and one in which the Packers defense shone, holding Russell Wilson to just 14 of 27 passes for only 158 yards and most importantly…no touchdowns.
This game was one in which the Packers defense was quite good from start to finish…with Wilson being their most dangerous offensive player but unable to connect with receivers (for the most part), Wilson ended up doing most of his damage (which wasn’t much) on the ground with 2 rushes for 40 yards and a long of 29 at critical times. The Packers’ offense struggled until finally finding their stride late and out-manning the Seattle defense.
Aaron Rodgers ended an afternoon that seemed all but forgettable for an entire half 28 of 42 for 311 yards one touchdown and one interception. All of Packer Nation was waiting for him to catch fire and many in Packer Nation knew that would entail a connection with Jordy Nelson, who came through with a 32 yard touchdown pass at the 18 second point in the 3rd quarter to make it 13-6.
My defensive MVP is Mike Daniels…
Daniels disruptiveness allowed the Packers to commit all their defensive backs to coverage rather than to pressure. The additional work of Nick Perry was important as well and Blake Martinez…flying under the radar had a good game too.
The Packers’ offense – Getting shutout the entire first half just isn’t OK. Aaron Rodgers is too good a quarterback and Ted Thompson did
too much adding Bennett and Kendricks to this offense for them to even get shutout for a quarter, much less an entire half.
The Commentary – While Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are always awful…they were in rare form yesterday afternoon. I don’t think I have ever heard commentary miss so much football before in my life.
Penalties – 8 penalties for 70 yards is too many. The Packers offense can’t get to where it needs to be if they commit so many. But a couple…especially Martellus Bennett sticking up for Aaron Rodgers on the KJ Wright hit…I wouldn’t have any other way.
The defense – This was just the kind of defensive performance the Packers needed. They were in Wilson’s face all game but rarely allowed him to use aggression against them with his feet. Daniels was playing at another level and Nick Perry was a force to be reckoned with. The week two matchup against the Falcons will involve beating a better offensive line, so the team needs to show that yesterday’s game is the character of the defense moving forward. I do expect there to be times when we have to lean on the exotic blitzes, but as long as the D-line and starting backers play like they did…we will be fine.
Dom Capers – Many people were looking for more work by rookies like Kevin King. I expected Rollins and Randall to handle the reps, along with House. While there was some rotation, this was a good team for the Packers’ former first and second round draft picks to regain their confidence against. Randall led the team in tackles with 6 solo and…well…9 points is doing something right. Credit where due.
Wide receiver corps (including tight ends) – This group didn’t blow the doors off it score-wise, but they showed that they will indeed be a handful. Lance Kendricks even had a nice couple of catches right off the bat in week one. To me, there was something even more satisfying about seeing Martellus Bennett streaking down the field in front of Randall Cobb, looking to blast someone, that was just as compelling as the catches and/or the un-necessary roughness protecting of Aaron Rodgers. This guy is going to help this team out.
Well, there are some of my rants and raves, what are yours? Let us know in the comments or back on the Facebook Fanpage and here’s to a 1-0 team with a week to recover, prepare, and get better for the next challenge.