Seahawks grades in 36-16 victory over Packers


The Seahawks had the balance they love (191 yards passing, 207 rushing), they got explosive plays from Marshawn Lynch, who had another 100-yard game, Percy Harvin and even Ricardo Lockette, and Russell Wilson was good, though not quite as good as he looked in the preseason. While Wilson’s final numbers were solid, he easily could have had two interceptions if not for his receivers playing good defense.


The Packers’ finished with modest totals in points (16) and yards (255), and even those were inflated by some late drives when Seattle was playing conservatively with a big lead. There was one rather noticeable flaw, however, in the form of missed tackles. Those shouldn’t be judged too harshly, however, both because it was the first game of the season, and because Packers running back Eddie Lacy is a beast.


Overall, the Seahawks played well on special teams. Their kick coverage was excellent, Jon Ryan pinned the Packers inside their own 20 twice, and Harvin had a nice return. But as much as coach Pete Carroll cares about turnovers, it’s hard to overlook the one turnover Seattle had, a muffed punt by new return man Earl Thomas. That set up a Packers TD and kept Green Bay in the game longer than it should have been.


Plenty to like here. The Seahawks were obviously well-prepared and had zero letdown coming off a Super Bowl title. Seattle also kept its penalties in check, seemed to have a good game plan to get Percy Harvin involved while still letting Marshawn Lynch do his thing, and the defense kept a great QB from killing them.

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