The Seattle Seahawks overcame a penalty plagued evening to earn a 17-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Friday night in their Week 3 preseason showdown at Lambeau Field. The game was ugly for the most part, especially for the Seahawks, who racked up 14 penalties for a loss of 182 yards. But hey, a win is a win, no matter how ugly the game might have been.
Russell Wilson and the first-team offense played the entire first half, as well as an additional drive at the beginning of the third quarter. The first drive of the game, Wilson and the offense were able to drive the ball down the field with ease. Wilson made some nice, crisp passes to Sean McGrath, Luke Willson, and Doug Baldwin — as well as executing a 13-yard scramble of his own. However, they were unable to get the ball into the end zone, and settled for an early go-ahead field goal by Steven Hauschka.
Wilson finished the night 11 of 17 passing for 126 yards and two interceptions, with a quarterback rating of 47.3. Not the best night of action we’ve seen from Wilson, but thankfully it’s only the Preseason.
The offensive line struggled all night with penalties and pass protection. J.R. Sweezy had a rough night with two holding calls and an obvious late hit in the first quarter, which resulted in an ear full from head coach Pete Carroll. Not a good start for the new starting right guard. The offensive line was able to help get the running game going — the Seattle running backs were able to rush for 166 yards on 27 carries.
It was good to see the foundation of the Seattle offense — the run game; take the spotlight of the offense’s performance in this match-up. Christine Michael and Robert Turbin both played well against the Packers defense with Michael rushing 11 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, and Turbin rushing 10 times for 50 yards. Michael’s cuts behind the line are fantastic, giving him time to find the hole, and punch through it for some good gains down the field. What I admire most about Michael’s game is his explosiveness, which he continues to showcase for all to see.
The Seahawks wide receivers had a quiet night for the most part. Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse started the game was the two outside receivers, with Doug Baldwin lined up as the slot receiver. Tate was targeted four times, but was only able to come away with one reception for four yards. Kearse caught the only pass that came his way all night with a nine-yard reception. Baldwin was the second-leading receiver on the ‘Hawks for the night, with two receptions for 36 yards, including a 27-yard catch early on in the game.
Stephen Williams continues to impress, and is making a strong case for himself as the fifth receiver on the roster. Williams was the leading receiver on the Hawks for the third-straight week, with two receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Williams scored big on a 42-yard pass from Brady Quinn, in which, Williams completely ripped the ball out of the defender’s hands in the end zone for the score. Stephen Williams has gone above and beyond what was originally expected out of him coming into this preseason, which is why he’ll have a spot on the 53-man roster heading into the regular season.
The Seahawks starting defense played well for the most part, only allowing a field goal from the Packers starting unit in the first half. I was disappointed that Aaron Rodgers only played one drive in the contest, but liked how the ‘Hawks defense performed against him. Rodgers wasn’t able to make any big plays against the defense, except for a short pass down the middle to Jermichael Finley which turned into a 22-yard gain. Overall, it was a good outing by the Seahawks starting defense in this game, and by two of the starters in particular: Bobby Wagner (five tackles, including two-tackles-for-losses) and Earl Thomas (four tackles, forced fumble).
Benson Mayowa had another solid performance, and made the most of his opportunity of getting to play the entire length of the ballgame. Mayowa had four tackles on the night, including one tackle for a loss, and a hit on the quarterback. He was able to beat Green Bay’s new starting left tackle David Bakhtiari several times, and provide excellent pressure on all four of Green Bay’s quarterbacks. Mayowa has proven himself worthy of a roster spot every time he has taken the field so far this preseason, and I believe tonight he finally locked a spot on the 53-man roster for himself.
Allen Bradford and Sealver Siliga both had a good night of football as well. Bradford continues to shine as the backup middle linebacker for Wagner, racking up four tackles on the evening and a pass deflection. Bradford has looked quick this preseason, not only at reading what’s coming at him, but making the play on the ball as well. Siliga had a solid debut (traded to Seattle for John Moffitt earlier this week). Siliga isn’t quick at all, but he’s a big body capable of controlling whoever lines up across from him. Siliga recorded his first sack as a Seahawk, and displayed some impressive power and potential in his performance.
The pass rush looks much improved, despite the absence of Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril. The Seahawks had multiple pressure schemes they sent Green Bay’s way, including sending five or six guys on third down and rushing the passer from different angles. It was good to see Bruce Irvin make his Preseason debut, he had a nice tackle for a loss early on in the game. Mayowa was all over the place, making plays, including chasing down Alex Green on a 31-yard run. The defensive’s line performance was good, and something to build on heading into the final week of the Preseason against Oakland.
Standouts: Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, Stephen Williams, Luke Willson, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas, Benson Mayowa, Allen Bradford, Sealver Siliga, and Walter Thurmond.
Room For Improvment: JR Sweezy.
Overall, it was a rough night of football for both teams, but the Seahawks were able to come away with the 17-10 win over the Packers. Seattle needs to clean up the penalties and work on the offensive line woes. Once they get those things cleaned up, I’ll feel a lot more confident heading into the regular season opener in Carolina. A big thumbs up to the defense in tonight’s game for staying strong and earning a big team win together. Hopefully next week’s preseason finale in Seattle against Oakland will be much cleaner than tonight’s game. As always, stay tuned for more Seahawks news as the year goes on and thanks for reading.