Seahawks at Packers: Highlights, score and recap

Frederick Owens
September 12, 2017

The Seattle Seahawks struggled to find a rhythm Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in their regular season debut. And of course the 38-10 debacle last season that stands as the worst blowout in the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson era.

Before Sunday, Mike Daniels may have been the best unknown defensive lineman in the NFL. After turning Daniels' sack-fumble into a one-play touchdown drive early in the third quarter, the offense took control, driving for a touchdown and a field goal, and then killing the final 6:17 off the clock. As usual, the Packers had a great offense that averaged 27 points per game a year ago. On one first quarter play, outside linebacker Nick Perry bull rushed Seattle's left tackle Rees Odhiambo and laid him flat on his butt en-route to a 6-yard sack. In next Sunday night's game at Atlanta, the Packers - having fallen behind 31-0 with another scoreless first half against the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game Jan. 22 - can't afford a slow start. He led a march from the Green Bay 25 to Seahawks 22.

In a Week 1 matchup between expected NFC contenders, The Green Bay Packers' defense dominated the Seattle Seahawks as the Packers started the season with a 17-9 victory.

Otherwise, Wilson didn't really make much noise.

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Packers edge rusher Clay Matthews, who has faced Wilson in all those aforementioned games, said the key to keeping Wilson in check is rushing in a disciplined manner. And things might not get much better this year, not after rising left tackle George Fant was lost for the season in a preseason game. But Thompson has turned to free agency a bit more this time than in recent years to help fortify the roster. "It fits his body type".

If you want some highlights, there absolutely were some. "He wants to beat you". "Today, they made one or two more plays more than us".

"Run The Table" became a kind of legendary catch phrase in Green Bay in 2016. The Packers never trailed again. The duo would be continuously effective throughout the game, posting top three grades for their team via Pro Football Focus. "First game, come out and get some stops, stop them from getting in the end zone".

Perennial hopes to return to the Super Bowl might rest on whether the Packers can successfully answer familiar issues on the other side of the ball. But that doesn't explain away Green Bay's ability to stymie Seattle. Next week the Packers travel to Atlanta. If they can maintain their defensive momentum, this could be a scary football team. The defense ranged from solid to spectacular, sacking Aaron Rodgers three times and enjoying some diving play from Earl Thomas and the secondary, even as Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson and Cliff Avril all went down with minor injuries on the defensive line. However, many of those who watched the replay disagreed.

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