Three Takes: Seahawks' 17-9 loss to Green Bay Packers

Carroll Rawls is questionable for Seahawks’ season opener

Carroll Rawls is questionable for Seahawks’ season opener

The series: Green Bay holds a 10-7 series edge in the regular season. The Seahawks lost in the divisional round of the National Football League playoffs to the Atlanta Falcons 36-20 and the Packers lost in the Conference Championship 44-21. He led a march from the Green Bay 25 to Seahawks 22. Their last win there was on November 1, 1999. In those three games combined, the Packers have sacked Wilson 10 times and intercepted him 10 times; in their first two meetings with him - the first being the infamous "Fail Mary" game - they failed to intercept him, gave up four touchdown passes and only sacked him twice.

With Seattle ahead 3-0 to start the second half, Green Bay's Mike Daniels blew past Seattle OL Mark Glowinski and forced a Russell Wilson fumble at the Seahawks' six-yard line.

Unfortunately for Aaron Rodgers, the Packers offensive line struggled to contain the Seahawks pressure early. The numbers when he's there and when he's not are staggering. The Hawks offensive linemen were lame and ineffective which inevitably lead to Russell Wilson being sacked 3 times, including a strip-sack recovered by Green Bay on the Seahawks 6-yard line.

Green Bay, however, ran out the clock to defeat Seattle for the third consecutive year - all at Lambeau Field. He's that big a factor all over the field. The Seahawks began keeping Graham, second tight end Luke Willson, even running backs Tre Madden, Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise in to help on pass protection.

The first game of any season tends to set the tone for the rest of the year and if this was any indication of the connection between Rodgers and Bennett, it appears the two of them are prepared to go to war, to stand up for one another, and to win and lose together under any circumstance. Thomas Rawls is coming off a high-ankle sprain and hasn't played since the preseason opener August 13. The ball snapped with Garvin still having a foot on the field resulting in a flag against Seattle for too many men. Rookie Shaquill Griffin stepped in for Lane, shouldering the load for the remainder of the game. Perhaps 15 or more times.

The Seahawks can rebound from this, right? "I didn't see the punch at all", Carroll said. The interception Jones made against Rodgers ended a Rodgers streak of 252 consecutive pass attempts without a pick. You played four games already in the preseason.' So I just really listened to that. This is the toughest opening task on the road there is in the NFL.

Capers and the defensive staff did a great job on Sunday and should be commended for causing so many problems for the Seahawks offense.

By any measure, the Packers were giving the Seahawks fits.

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It was a rousing debut for the revamped Packers defense, which will face a bigger challenge next week at Atlanta.

Martellus Bennett, who went to high school in Taylor, Texas, has been working to raise money and supplies for residents of flood-ravaged parts of the Lone Star State. His reaction: "I'm excited...it's a situation that I want to be in".

Seattle might have more talent than anyone in the NFC, which is why they had the best Las Vegas Super Bowl odds of anyone in the conference for much of the offseason.

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