While it wasn’t quite as high scoring as I had originally predicted, (Packers 31-21 was my pregame prediction) the Green Bay Packers did in fact take care of business in Week 1 at home against the Seattle Seahawks. It was a game that started off a defensive showdown, and that continued until just before the half, when Seattle was able to put the first points of the game up thanks to a 33 yard FG by K Blair Walsh. Seattle did have 6 on the board early in the first quarter as Seahawks’ DT Nazair Jones was able to step in front of an Aaron Rodgers screen pass. Jones turned the play into a pick-six that was called back due to an illegal block penalty on Cliff Avril of the Seahawks. Also on the play Seattle CB Jeremy Lane was ejected for throwing a punch at Packers WR Davante Adams on the back end of the play, thus sparing the Packers from the score, in addition to costing the CB the rest of the afternoon. The interception was a rarity, in fact, according to ESPN, Rodgers threw 251 consecutive regular-season passes before his last interception which is the longest stretch in his career. Costly mistake by the Seahawks indeed.
The Packers got on the scoreboard early in the third quarter, after being forced to punt on their first possession on the second half, the defense came back out onto the field and looked determined to change to momentum of the game…Mike Daniels did just that! The Seahawks first drive of the half went about as bad as a drive can go. Wilson sacked by a combination of Daniels and OLB Nick Perry on 1st down, then on 2nd down Rookie RB Chris Carson ran for a short gain, and on 3rd & 18 Mike Daniels got home, sacking Wilson for a second time on the drive, this time forcing the QB to fumble. The Packers defense left their offense in a great spot as OLB Kyler Fackrell was able to come away with the recovery. Packers RB Ty Montgomery punched it in for the touchdown the first play from just 6 yards out. 7-3 Packers.
Later on in the third quarter Rodgers found his go-to-guy Jordy Nelson for a 32-yard touchdown leaving the score at 14-6 Packers. A few FG’s from each team, along with a Punt from Seattle was all she wrote in this one as Green Bay walked away from the NFC showdown with a 17-9 victory, moving to 1-0 to start out the 2017 NFL Season.
Following up on the things I told you I was going to keep my eye on in Week 1: Packers vs Seahawks. The return of Eddie Lacy went just how I had hoped it would, 5 carries for just 3 yards, as the Packers defense looked very good yesterday. Now it may have had a lot to do with the porous O-Line of the Seahawks, but none the less, they looked impressive.
The Bennett brothers showed up, and while Martellus did not find the endzone like I predicted, he did reel in three of his six targets for 43 yards. On the flip side Michael had three tackles and added 1.5 sacks on the day. In pregame Michael decided to sit for the anthem, while brother Martellus stood with his team (and the nation) with the simple statement of a single fist raised in the air. I’m not one to get into politics, so I will let you make your own opinion on the matter.
Aaron Rodgers– Finished his day 28/42 311 yards 1 Touchdown and 1 Interception, along with 7 carries for 21 yards using his legs sparingly, but in big moments to convert several 1st down conversions.
Ty Montgomery– While he didn’t have a massive stat game, 93 total yards on 23 touches, he impressed me with his ability to handle the workload given to him, he also showed some flashes. Ending his day with 19 carries for 54 yards and a Touchdown, along with 4 catches on 4 targets amassing 39 yards through the air.
Randall Cobb– When healthy, Randall Cobb can do anything: return, run,catch, heck the guy even played QB when he was at Kentucky. My point is that we haven’t seen Cobb fully healthy in the past few seasons. Yesterday Cobb looked as close to healthy as he has been in recent memory. The go-to-guy in the game no doubt (his 13 targets lead all players) Cobb pulled in 9 catches for 85 yards.
Mike Daniels– Mike did what he wanted, when he wanted against the offensive line of the Seattle Seahawks. With 7 total tackles(5 solo), 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble it’s safe to say Big Mike was on a mission opening day as he was the focal point of the defense.
The Packers will head to Atlanta for a Sunday Night Football rematch of the NFC Championship Game from last season.
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