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NFL Packers Set Defensive Tone Against Seahawks

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Packers Defense Dominates in Victory

Green Bay welcomed the Seattle Seahawks to Lambeau Field to begin the NFL season with a 17-9 victory. After a long offseason, the Packers set the defensive tone early in the game posting three sacks in the first half. However, it was Green Bay’s offense that struggled to get going against the talented Seahawks defensive front.

Defense would rule the day as the first score of the game came from a Blair Walsh field goal to close the first half. It was not until the third quarter that the Packers would get on the board, following a Mike Daniels strip sack inside the ten-yard line. Ty Montgomery showed promise, punching it in on the very next play. After a Seattle field goal, Aaron Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for another score, putting the Packers up 14-6. Mason Crosby and Walsh would add field goals as Rodgers and the Packers would run out the clock with a precise 53-yard drive.

Defensive Tone Setters

Green Bay set the defensive tone, holding the Seahawks to just 225 net yards on the day. The defensive line brought constant pressure, including three first half sacks between Nick Perry and Mike Daniels. The duo would be continuously effective throughout the game, posting top three grades for their team via Pro Football Focus.

Interior pressure and run stopping for the Packers defense was provided by Mike Daniels. Daniels stuffed the stat sheet, providing a sack and a half, seven tackles, four QB hits, and a forced fumble. The forced fumble Daniels provided in the third quarter sparked the Packers offense with a touchdown the next play. Above all, it was his consistency that impressed most, as Daniels was a constant figure in the backfield.

Constant edge pressure was supplied by linebacker Nick Perry. Perry would post the highest grade in the game (by Pro Football Focus metrics) at 89.7. He effectively ended the Hawks opening drive with a sack on Wilson, splitting another with Daniels before the first half ended. A terror in the rush, Perry would finish with three tackles, a sack and a half, a pair of QB hits, and three hurries.

Packers Offense Sputters Early, Finds Footing

Surprisingly, it was Green Bay’s offense that started off cold to open the season. The offense, led by arguably the league’s best quarterback, was unable to score in the first half at home. Rodgers was intercepted early in the game but found his rhythm as the game wore on.

Aaron Rodgers started off slow, throwing an interception in the opening quarter of the game. Accordingly, the offense struggled in the first half. Rodgers found a much better rhythm in the second half, tossing a touchdown to Nelson in the third. When the dust settled Rodgers would throw for 311 yards with a 66.7 completion percentage, a touchdown, and an interception each.

Unfortunately for Aaron Rodgers, the Packers offensive line struggled to contain the Seahawks pressure early. After allowing four sacks of Rodgers in the first half, the line tightened up, not allowing a sack in the second half. The line will need more cohesion to avoid drive killing sacks reminiscent of Sunday’s first half.