Though the two games were separated by nearly nine months on the calendar, the Seattle Seahawks opened up this season the same way they closed last: in domination fashion. On this night, the defending Super Bowl Champions made sure to let the rest of the league know that they won’t be taking it easy in their effort to repeat, and that they may even have more keys that will allow for them to be even more dominating this season.
After the Seahawks got on the board first with a 35-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka, the Packers would take the lead on a John Kuhn 2-yard run with just 1:25 left in the quarter. However, The Seahawks were able to put it on in the second, scoring two touchdowns and really locking things up on defense, as they took a 17-10 lead at the half.
The player that many had their eyes on before this game was Percy Harvin. Coming off another injury-plagued season, Harvin is an instrumental part of the Seahawks offense, which he proved with the 100 total yards that he gained while receiving and rushing the ball. Although Harvin was not able to find the end zone on the evening, his overall play proved just how much of a playmaker he is and how much more of a weapon he can be on offense.
The Seahawks did have some concerns with Marshawn Lynch immediately prior to the season starting, but on Thursday Beast Mode proved why he deserved another contract extension. On the evening, Lynch had 100 yards rushing and found the end zone on two separate occasions. His first touchdown came with 3:41 in the first half, and he’d score again in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter to really break things loose for the Seahawks. Lynch’s 5.5-yard average on the evening is his highest since getting traded to Seattle from Buffalo.
Under center, Russell Wilson was 19-28 for 191 yards. He also put up two touchdowns on the evening – his first being a 33-yard reception by Ricardo Lockette and the second a 15-yard grab by Derrick Coleman.
While Seattle was a force on offense, they were equally as dominate on the defensive side of the ball as well. The Hawks held Green Bay to just 255 total yards, including 175 passing from Aaron Rodgers. They also had a safety when Tony McDaniel tackled Derek Sherrod in the end zone in the third quarter.
Before the game, many considered the Packers to be among the favorites to contend in the NFC and they currently have 11/1 odds. However, with the way Seattle dominated on Thursday, it appears that one of two scenarios is possible. Either the Pack is overrated and it’s going to be a long season for them, or the Seahawks, who have 6/1 odds, are really as good as advertised.
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