Packers XLV

Defenseless in Seattle

Posted September 5th, 2014 @ 03:09am

Well, this one had it all. Lousy tackling, untimely penalties and a potentially devastating injury on the offensive line. The NFL is back!

So much for making a statement. So much for setting the tone and serving notice to the rest of the NFC. Look, the Seahawks proved last year they were the best team in football. No team in a decade has repeated, but Seattle served notice on Thursday night that they remain the cream of the NFL crop and will continue to be nearly unbeatable at home.

To beat them you have to play nearly perfect football and the Packers were as close to perfect as Kroll's is to fine dining. Beginning with Mike Daniels' running into the punter penalty that extended a drive and led to the 'Hawks' first three points, to Brad Jones' two holding penalties that extended drives, the defense was on its heels all night.

207 yards. The Pack's run defense failed its first test, surrendering more than 200 yards to Beast Mode and company. Clearly, the Pack misses BJ Rahi. Letroy Guion was not up to the challenge and faded visibly as the game progressed. Flip side, the Seahawks run defense was much stouter than I expected, holding the Pack to 91 yards. Eddie Lacy stormed out of the gates with 21 yards on his first two carries, but Seattle put the clamps on from there, holding him to just 13 yards on his next 10 carries. He left the game with might be a concussion.

Of course, the most disheartening thing about the game is the left knee injury to Bryan Bulaga. We'll all expect the worst, since it's the same knee that cost him last season with an ACL. If he's done the Pack will be down two of its top three tackles and there's no one on the roster ready to step in. Derek Sherrod won't have to face the Seahawks again, but I'm not sure he could hold his own against the Indiana Hoosiers.

The Packers spent a good chunk of the offseason preparing for this matchup, but Dom Capers had no answers for the unpredictable Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin and company. A healthy Harvin makes this offense devastating; whether Harvin is a target or a decoy. Throw in the hard running of Lynch and they will keep most defenses off balance this season.

They certainly confused Julius Peppers, who had a few moments but struggled overall. Brad Jones continues to be a liability on the inside and Ha Ha Clinton Dix played like a rookie. Only Clay Matthews really stood out for the Pack on that side of the ball.

Ten days to lick their wounds, regroup and prepare for the Jets, their only home game during the first quarter of the season. Since this is the NFL, many will over-react to what we saw and bury the Packers. It's one game and the champs showed that they were ready to defend their title. The Pack has plenty of time to get things figured out. But we know this: if the run defense doesn't improve and if Bulaga is done, the NFC North race could be a lot more interesting than we bargained for.

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Get ready for Candy Cane and his robots to attack the Pack after this one. It is now 3 years in a row Pack has lost the opener. They will regroup and things will improve. While most did not predict a Pack win this was a beating. The thing that concerns me most is the poor tackling. BJ Ragi looks like a huge loss and if Buluga is lost TT is better off going to the waiver wire than using Sherrod who could get Rodgers hurt. Brad Jones and AJ Hawk continue to be statues and the penalties were terrible. But....the tackling fundamentals were something out of Pop Warner. Lets take our lumps and regroup and hope the pre hype about Capers improved defense comes true. Was it Seattle being that much superior like SF was the last 2 years or is this a flash of whats ahea?. There are 15 games left ...Pack will be back. Go Pack Go!!

on September 4th, 2014 at 11:16pm

I really hope PA crank calls you again tomorrow. Pack got smacked! Karen looked like he needed to be douched when he chewed out his center.

on September 4th, 2014 at 11:44pm

As a Viking fan, I keep tabs on the NFC North. The loss of Raji could be troublesome for the Pack. Facing Forte, Peterson, and Bush/J. Bell twice per year (throw in LaSean McCoy too) could be very daunting. Not to overreact to one loss but the GB defensive line will need to answer the bell against physical running attacks.

on September 4th, 2014 at 11:53pm

"This blog is for Packer fans and fans who understand football. A few of the very distasteful "one-liners" show the lack of intelligence of those with their heads in the sand!" Friends like these, huh Gary?

on September 5th, 2014 at 01:54pm

"This blog is for Packer fans and fans who understand football. A few of the very distasteful "one-liners" show the lack of intelligence of those with their heads in the sand!" Friends like these, huh Gary?

on September 5th, 2014 at 01:54pm

Except that it counts in the standings this one should be regarded as not much more than a preseason game. I doubt that any other team in the league would have done any better against this team, at this time, at that place and in that context. Things might have been closer if not for those two Brad Jones penalties and the Mike Daniels running into the punter foul. The defense had just made stops in each case and with renewed possession Seattle scored at least 13-17 more points than they might otherwise have had. Now that the NFL's opening show is behind the Pack can get back to work on the rest of the season. A nice 5 or 6 game winning streak starting with the Jets in ten days will wash the taste of this one out of our mouths.

on September 5th, 2014 at 06:25am

LynnDickeyfan you are right on with Brad Jones play. Let me expand on that: we are constantly hearing that our defense was improved this year. We cannot assume that everything will be corrected like our starts the last two years against the 49ers. Everything is not always Capers schemes or faults but we need to look at players he has to work with. His fault which we have seen over the last two years and starting this year is refusing to change players. Which brings me back to Brad Jones ,,,,we have seen enough of him and AJ Hawk to realize those two are below even average NFL linebackers. Looking at our 11 players on defense Matthews and Peppers on the edge are fine...our 4 or 5 DB's are solid and improved over last year. Which brings me to our front three. With Ragi out the rotation of Jones, Neal, Perry, Guidon, and Daniels are below average by NFL standards for a good team. So...we have 5 holes out of 11 that need big improvement...yes it's early but I hope the trend is not like the last 2 years. The team was not into this game and we need to come and compete no matter the environment. As to the offense the line has some injuries which I get.....but to not challenge Sherman or attempt to go deep baffles me. Yes...Rodgers was pressured but if your considered the best then you accept the challenge of going against their best. A lot of ranting but I am a believer in trends and the defensive trends the last 2 years plus are disturbing. Lets improve. GO PACK GO !!

on September 5th, 2014 at 07:46pm

My observations from both sides of the ball: On Offense - start using Randall Cobb in ways similar to how Seattle uses Percy Harvin. Now that our offensive line has been weakened by injuries, the misdirection plays you could run with Cobb would give the line that 1/2 step that they need to be effective run blockers. And MM can't be afraid to use the WHOLE field. I know Richard Sherman is good but NOT ONE THROW TO HIS SIDE? On Defense - you better figure out the tackling issue AND the glaring weakness that I saw last night was the number of times our guys lost their "gap" and literally turned sideways (rather than shoulders square to LOS) and a small hole became a gaping hole. I saw now cohesiveness - no defensive scheme of gap control/everyone-do-your-job defense. And maybe my expectations of Peppers were too high. I wanted to him to be the 2014 Reggie White and he played more like Barry White.

on September 5th, 2014 at 08:09am

Meh... A great team kicked a garbage team's ass... As expected.

on September 5th, 2014 at 08:31am

I'm not even sure if I could call the pack a football team... After the Mathews Flop I thought I was watching the NBA... Garbage.

on September 5th, 2014 at 08:39am

Was that Lacy out there last night or Trent Richardson? I couldn't really tell by that 2.8 yard average? On the bright side, at least Rodgers' league worst games decided by 7 points or less record didn't get any worse......

on September 5th, 2014 at 08:48am

This blog is for Packer fans and fans who understand football. A few of the very distasteful "one-liners" show the lack of intelligence of those with their heads in the sand!

on September 5th, 2014 at 09:03am

Last night was a notice serving night where one of my favorite players from the 2014 draft served notice that whole he can't really tackle or catch, he will be recognized for his notice serving name, Ha Ha Clinton-Whiffs. The Packers sure served notice to the rest of the NFC North that if you are looking to push someone around, the Offensive and Defensive line in Lambeau won't put up much of a fight. Notice served.

on September 5th, 2014 at 09:17am

Well lets see how my predictions went: 1. Rodgers getting sacked due to shitty o-line - CHECK (3 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 holding calls and lots of pressure) 2. Rodgers performing poorly under pressure - CHECK (a good completion percentage, but only a 5.7 yard per attempt average) 3. Packers getting run on at a 6.0 ypc or worse pace- CHECK (6.2 yard average taking away the three kneeldowns at the end of the game) 4. AJ Hawk and Jones sucking up the middle - CHECK (piss poor rush defense, two PI calls) 5. No pressure up the middle on D allowing Russell to step from the pressure - CHECK (one zero yard 'sack' by Dix, 110 QB rating, 4 rush attempts for 32 yards after taking away the three kneel downs) STOP I can only get so erect.

on September 5th, 2014 at 10:17am

A short list of the things I worry about: the health and well-being of my family and friends, if I will have a job on Monday morning, whether the guy driving next to me/behind me/ in front of me is DUI. A short list of the things I don't worry about: the outcome of an NFL game, because there are many more things in this world that are far more important. Sure, I show interest, but I don't worry about it. I've already forgotten about this one right around the 2 minute warning last night.

on September 5th, 2014 at 10:28am

What bugged me the most about last nights game was Brad Jones play. He was simply bad. Also, I think some self scouting would show that the team and coach were pressing, taking unnecessary chance and going against the odds. From bad returns to 4th and 5 to missed assignments, this team didn't do what was statistically right and took chances that did not pay off. I look forward to this being corrected.

on September 5th, 2014 at 11:18am

badmotorfinger--Does mom know you're playing with her computer? Now put it away and go back to playing with your stuffed animals.

on September 5th, 2014 at 11:38am

The preliminary news on Bulaga is looking better. He's got a sprain not tear of his knee so that won't finish him for the season. He wants to practice next week and go against the Jets. That probably won't happen but it appears now he will be back in the lineup. As for every one going gaga over Seattle: Let's see how they're doing come December. We remember the Packers started 13-0 in their post-Super Bowl season in 2011 and we also recall how that ended.

on September 6th, 2014 at 07:33am

It reminded me of dan devine coaching and scott hunter at qb. tottaly a disappointing game.

on September 6th, 2014 at 08:48pm

on September 6th, 2014 at 09:52am

Perspective. Now that we've had a few days to cool down and get ready to look ahead a look at the recent experience of other good football teams besides the Packers at Seattle is worth mentioning. Mighty San Francisco went in to CenturyLink early last season and got plastered 29-3. Even explosive New Orleans could manage only 188 total yards in a 34-7 loss there. And don't forget that on a neutral field the Seahawks whipped high flying Denver 43-8 in the Super Bowl just 7 months ago. Now let's go get the Jets.

on September 7th, 2014 at 06:42pm

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