Five Reasons Why the Packers Beat the Seahawks in Week 2

The Packers beat the Seahawks in Week 2. Here's why it happened. 

The Green Bay Packers (2-0) earned some redemption Sunday night, beating the reigning NFC champion Seattle Seahawks by a 27-17 scoreline in Week 2. 

Here are the five primary reasons why the Packers were able to handle Seattle at Lambeau Field:

 

1. Interior Terrors 

The Seahawks couldn’t handle B.J. Raji and Mike Daniels in the middle of the Green Bay defense. Raji played over 40 snaps and lived in the Seattle backfield, both against the run—where he did his most damage—and a pass-rusher. The big nose tackle has now stacked back-to-back strong games to start the 2015 season. Daniels was equally hard to handle, especially in the passing game. He just doesn’t stop. Even Mike Pennel and Datone Jones were a handful for the Seahawks. The interior disruption was a big reason why the Packers kept Marshawn Lynch to 2.7 yards per carry and less than 50 yards rushing. 

 

2. Elliott’s Emergence 

The former undrafted free agent played just 10 snaps, but he made the most of them. With the Packers up seven and Seattle driving, Elliott diagnosed a screen pass and intercepted Russell Wilson to halt the Seahawks’ march. One possession later, he hustled down field and stripped veteran running back Fred Jackson from behind to put the game to bed. The Packers defense needed big plays in the worst way, and the preseason star delivered. Expect him to be rewarded with more snaps in the coming weeks. 

 

3. Offense Rallies 

Already without Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga, the Packers offense played big chunks of Sunday’s win without Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams. No matter. James Starks relieved Lacy and rushed for 95 yards, gaining 65 after contact and forcing five missed tackles. Randall Cobb did all he could (eight catches, 118 yards), but he received plenty of help from some unexpected heroes. Rookie Ty Montgomery caught four passes for 37 yards, including three on the go-ahead drive and a huge third-down conversion late in the fourth quarter. Second-year tight Richard Rodgers also did some growing up, catching the game-winning touchdown and adding the two-point conversion a play later for good measure. What a confidence-building night for the offense. Green Bay moved the football against the Seattle defense without its best receiver, best running back and best offensive tackle. The youngsters are starting to earn Aaron Rodgers’ trust. 

 

4. Championship Quality Drive

Down one point and with the fourth quarter looming, Aaron Rodgers embarked on the most important drive of the young season. It was a masterpiece from both Rodgers and offensive coordinator Tom Clements. The Packers quarterback completed all eight of his passes, while Clements employed a package that had the Seattle defense bamboozled. The drive nearly self-destructed before it got going, as James Starks was stopped for no gain on the first play and David Bakhtiari set the offense back five yards with a false start penalty. Rodgers saved the day, firing a dart to Randall Cobb for 18 yards and a first down. Two plays later, Clements lined up Cobb in the backfield. Seattle left him uncovered, and his catch-and-run produced 19 more yards. Quick but creative screen plays to Richard Rodgers and Ty Montgomery put the Packers on the doorstep, and Rodgers’ improv skills produced the touchdown to his young tight end near the boundary. The best quarterback in the game and a few wrinkles in scheme broke Seattle’s defensive will on the go-ahead scoring drive. 

 

5. MVP For a Reason

Aaron Rodgers never ceases to amaze. Facing an elite defense and despite all the personnel shuffling, Rodgers still delivered a vintage performance. He set the tone early with his cadence, but once the Seahawks settled down up front and starting winning one-on-one battles on the edges, No. 12 made Houdini look like a fraud. He routinely escaped Seattle’s pressure, throwing both of his touchdowns while buying time and rolling to his left. His first score was arguably the best throw of the entire 2015 season, as he somehow managed to fire a guided missile to James Jones between the coverage of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas—despite the fact he was scrambling to his left. Very few quarterbacks in the history of the game could have made that throw. Of Rodgers’ eight incompletions, four were throwaways. The guy is a football assassin.

 

Zach Kruse contributes to Cheesehead TV. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at [email protected].

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packerfan9507's picture

September 22, 2015 at 11:18 am

Terrible article.

We all know the one and only reason the Packers beat the Seahawks is because God willed it.

#DeusVult

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ray nichkee's picture

September 22, 2015 at 11:37 am

You just ruined my joke buddy.

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Bohj's picture

September 22, 2015 at 02:41 pm

Hmmm......I will add to this and say homefield advantage and fan involvement rank pretty high with this one. Overall, pretty evenly matched teams for the last few years.

Fail Mary, we win that with the replacement ref if that's at home. That ref didn't want to die on the way to his car that night.

First game of 2014. Ok. Seattle whooped us. But that was a game where they were returning to their home opener as SB champs and everyone in that stadium and pregame and everything was totally jacked and hyped. That would be tough to win that road one.

NFC championship game. We had that one. We would have kept the pedal down at home. Their crowd helped rally their troops. You could feel that crowd get back into it.

So finally. We get them at Lambeau. Yeah. We controlled that entire game except two scoring drives for them.

Home means alot for evenly matched teams.

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4thand1's picture

September 22, 2015 at 02:55 pm

Assassin, I like it! Hey Fitz, how was the crowd noise? Wish I was there.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

September 22, 2015 at 09:27 pm

My voice is trashed. We tried, but that field just isn't designed to focus sound to the field, like the Clink. My hawk Buddy kept saying "this is get loud Lambeau?", they kept flashing it on the jumbos, I could hear him clear as day when we were trying... at the Clink, no way... its just a different animal. All things considered, i thought the crowd did well.

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PaulRosik's picture

September 23, 2015 at 09:48 am

The myth of the Seattle fan noise. The engineer who designed the stadium to be loud - there's the real 12th man.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

September 24, 2015 at 01:43 pm

Indeed. Their fans aren't any louder, or more enthusiastic... it's manufactured, engineered.

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aj's picture

September 23, 2015 at 10:13 am

Your buddy can have the artificial noise, I'll take the win.

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Otto's picture

September 22, 2015 at 03:44 pm

6. When the game ended, the Packers had more points.

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joepacker's picture

September 22, 2015 at 05:13 pm

Best pass of 2015? That may have been the best pass ive ever seen. It was just not possible. Definitely a case for intellegent design.

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Otto's picture

September 22, 2015 at 08:15 pm

"Definitely a case for intellegent design." - Brilliant!

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dullgeek's picture

September 22, 2015 at 08:31 pm

"Definitely a case for intelligent design"

You win the internet.

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aj's picture

September 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

I think the best pass I ever saw was the one against the Bears with the bullshit holding call on Linsley. He was getting pulled down and threw a 34 yard bomb and was able to somehow pinpoint that one.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 22, 2015 at 06:35 pm

Very good summary! Still savoring victory!

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4thand1's picture

September 22, 2015 at 07:56 pm

Winning never gets old. The Pack sacks the seashacks!
GOPACKGO

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Gman1976's picture

September 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm

The key to the Packers' win: adjustments. Wilson would have won the game for the Seahawks and would have scored again and again if our defense wouldn't have made the necessary in-game adjustments. I don't know if Mac got in Dom's ear (or if Dom could hear me yelling at my TV) or, but somehow our defense began to figure out before it was too late to seal off the outside edges.

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