Packers vs. Seahawks: Quick Takes from Green Bay’s 27-17 Win in Week 2

Quick takes from Green Bay's win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. 

The Green Bay Packers (2-0) finally exorcised their Seahawks demon, riding a dominant first half and a superlative Aaron Rodgers early and late to beat Seattle by a 27-17 scoreline Sunday night at Lambeau Field.  

 

It was over when…

…Aaron Rodgers found rookie Ty Montgomery on third down late in the fourth quarter, moving the sticks and allowing Green Bay to melt precious time off the clock before Mason Crosby’s short kick put the Packers up 10 points. 

 

Game Balls

  • Aaron Rodgers: James Starks, Ty Montgomery and Richard Rodgers all made big plays down the stretch, but the offensive game ball can’t go to anyone but No. 12. He opened the contest throwing an impossible touchdown to James Jones, and he closed it by going 9-for-9 with the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Rodgers has 5 touchdowns and 13 incompletions to start this season. Just think about that for a second. 
  • Jayrone Elliott: The preseason star is no longer just a preseason star. Elliott diagnosed a screen and picked off Russell Wilson with the Packers up seven, and then stuck the final dagger into Seattle with a strip of Fred Jackson on the Seahawks’ final possession. The former underrated free agent just earned himself a few more snaps. B.J. Raji gets an honorable mention after playing like a wrecking ball in the middle of the Green Bay defense. 
  • Ron Zook: Give credit where credit is due: The Packers were terrific on special teams Sunday night. Rookie Tyler Lockett was quiet, Mason Crosby hit four field goals and scored 13 points and Tim Masthay had three nice punts. More importantly, there were no game-changing errors. Strong work from Zook’s group. 

 

Stat of the Game 

2.7: Or Marshawn Lynch’s average yards per carry. A week after Matt Forte ran circles around Dom Capers defense, the Packers never let Lynch get going. He was tackled for losses for five times and had a long run of just 11 yards. 

 

Other Notes

-- Rodgers has thrown 545 passes at Lambeau Field since his last interception. Jay Cutler throws an interception every 545 seconds he’s on a football field. Appreciate greatness. Only a handful of quarterbacks in the history of the game could have thrown his first touchdown, which he delivered rolling to his left and with his feet off the ground. The frozen rope traveled 35 yards in the air, eventually landing snugly in the arms of James Jones against the coverage of the best cornerback in the game. Rodgers isn’t human. 

-- B.J. Raji and Mike Daniels were too much for Seattle up front. By the second half, the Seahawks had given up attempting anything with Marshawn Lynch up the middle, choosing instead to attack the edges with Russell Wilson and the read-option. It was an adjustment Raji and Daniels forced Seattle to make. Playing run defense is so much easier when there’s constant disruption from the interior of the defensive line. 

-- The Packers got big games from a few unlikely heroes. James Starks relived an injured Eddie Lacy and rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries, while rookie Ty Montgomery made three catches on the go-ahead drive before hauling in the late third-down reception. Young tight end Richard Rodgers delivered eight huge points on back-to-back plays, making difficult catches to convert the fourth-quarter touchdown and resulting two-point try. He later blocked K.J. Wright so long that the Seahawks linebacker attempted to take his head off with a dirty play. What a ridiculously deep offense this is. 

-- Good to see the Packers deal with some adversity and work through it. After the Seahawks opened the second half with 14 straight points to take the lead, Green Bay rattled off the last 14 points of the game, including 11 in the fourth quarter. James Starks’ 35-yard run set up the first three. The Packers defense then forced a punt, allowing the offense to embark on a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, which included eight Aaron Rodgers’ completions. As Mike McCarthy likes to say, the Packers never blinked, despite the Seahawks landing a few body blows early in the second half.  

-- Can’t get too high about a win in Week 2, but this has to be a satisfying win. The Packers are now 2-0 for the first time since 2011 and in the driver’s seat in the NFC after sending the back-to-back conference champions to an 0-2 start. Wins this time of year are all about setting up where games are played come January. 

-- No rest for the weary, as the Packers will host the Kansas City Chiefs next Monday night at Lambeau Field. 

 

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

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 21, 2015 at 12:23 am

Agree with this, but I'd give the game ball to Raji and honorable mention to Elliott. I admit that sincere folks can disagree, but Raji both shut down Lynch, which was huge, and collapsed the pocket on multiple plays, which limited Wilson. Course, turnovers are game changers, too, and a good case can be made for Elliott.

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Idiot Fan's picture

September 21, 2015 at 01:00 am

It would be great if Elliott could emerge and earn some playing time. I don't have an official count, but it feels like Peppers has been playing a lot of snaps so far. If so, he may be useless at the end of the year. Elliott getting snaps (and being productive) would both rest Peppers and get him (Elliott) some more experience.

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Mojo's picture

September 21, 2015 at 01:38 am

Glad you mentioned the ST's. They smothered Lockett all game long except once which was called back by penalty.

Crosby's been automatic on kicks in his range. His stroke looks so much smoother and straighter than in the past. (get your minds out of the gutter). He's been a great weapon for this team.

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Chad Lundberg's picture

September 21, 2015 at 01:52 am

It really feels like the young guys are making the difference, on offense and defense. Randall, Pennell and especially Elliot are making this defense look really good so far. Montgomery could be someone who only further helps make up for Nelson's absence. If he starts going that's four legit WR's for Rodgers to throw to. This offense is looking as good as ever. The defense, while it's still early, almost looks better than last year.

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Icebowler's picture

September 21, 2015 at 01:58 am

When I first realized that K.C. was playing last Thursday night, I thought, Oh crap, there going to have a lot of time to prepare for the Packers. But with the way they lost, that extra time is going to drive them crazy. And since it's not till Monday night, and we have an extra day to recover and prepare, I think we're going to take Dorsey and Reid's guys to the cleaners.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

September 21, 2015 at 08:41 am

Not so fast. That is another damn good defense.

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Icebowler's picture

September 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

They sure are. Hope they'll be chomping at the bit so much that we can draw them offside, and get some "free" long passes off, either for completions or pass interference. I know, a lot of wishful thinking on my part.

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jh9's picture

September 21, 2015 at 06:12 am

This was a great win. To overcome lost momentum in the 2nd half and put the game away like they did, the Packers showed exactly the kind of grit a team needs to be a champion. This win should be savored by all Packers fans.

For me, though, I will be watching with a critical eye a couple of players in the coming weeks:
1) Casey Hayward - He looked slow and didn't seem to be playing at as high a level as a starting outside CB should be playing. If he continues to play that way, it might be time to start Randall or Rollins at outside CB instead.
2) Nate Palmer - Palmer showed that he has the speed to play in coverage. However, I have not seen proof yet that he can be an effective run-stopping ILB. Yes, we stopped Lynch and that was very effective. But we did that by the entire defense watching for Lynch to get the ball and then gang-tackling him. I was proud of our defense for playing the run the way they did, but I still have my doubts about Palmer. I guess I will continue to have those doubts until I see him shed blockers and knife his way to the ball carrier making stops at or before the LOS. If he can show me he can do that, then I will know we have the right man to play along side Matthews.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 21, 2015 at 06:49 am

I thought Elliott and Montgomery really earned more playing time with last nights performances.

Elliott has shown the ability to rush the QB in the preseason. Last night he showed he can make plays in other ways. Those 2 plays he made were game changing plays.

Montgomery had 2 huge plays which really helped them win the game. First play wasn't even a catch. It was the 50+ yard pass interference penalty he was involved in. The second play was the 3rd down catch on the final drive. That play will earn the trust of Rodgers and Rodgers is a guy who wants to trust his WRs.
Also, I thought once Montgomery went into the game in the 4 WR, 1 TE set, they really got into a rhythm and the Seahawks didn't really know how to respond. They found mismatches and was able to exploit them a bit.

Moving forward I really think we will see both players getting a lot more playing time.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

September 21, 2015 at 08:45 am

I agree with the increased snaps of Elliot, but for Montgomery, we can't forget that he's a rookie and he must be eased into extra snaps. Be careful of that "Rookie Wall". It hit Adams early and he was just the #3 WR. Montgomery is the #3 WR and Kick-Off Returner. It's a long season.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

correct his is a rookie. But I expect to see him used more. He played 25 snaps. He had 4 passes thrown his way and he caught all 4. Maybe he wont play much more then his 25 snaps, but I think he will be featured more in those snaps. He will have more production moving forward.

I would like to see him get used more and more each week, building up his playing time throughout the season. Similar to what they did with previous rookies previous years (Lacy, Clinton-Dix) And similar to what it looks like what they are doing with Randall.

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

September 23, 2015 at 01:38 am

I thought Montgomery really blocked well too. He put a lot of effort into helping his fellow receivers get their YAC.

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EdsLaces's picture

September 21, 2015 at 07:10 am

Dom Capers ...wow. He finally came up with a game plan that straight up owned Russel Wilson. Defense played amazing,but Dom set us up for Success. Hell...even Nick Perry looked good. I was also impressed with Ty,JJ and the Oline. I was probably most impressed with HHCD. How many freakin tackles was he in on? 12 15? The one hit he had on the crossing route ..nasty. Feels like Christmas morning .....gpg!!

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phillythedane's picture

September 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

Finally, someone throws out some love for Capers. The guy knows way too much and coaches way too well to get ripped as often as he does in this forum.

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HankScorpio's picture

September 21, 2015 at 07:19 am

Chalk up a 4th quarter comeback in the Rodgers' stat book.

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Don Hutson's picture

September 21, 2015 at 07:20 am

How sweet it is. Encore!

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MarkinMadison's picture

September 21, 2015 at 07:24 am

I'm a little worried about an emotional let-down against the Chiefs, but hey, that is the price of success.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 21, 2015 at 07:29 am

All around team win, and without Lacy! . Great victory!!!!!.Set tone from beginning. Montgomery proved he can catch didn't he now.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

September 21, 2015 at 08:50 am

...and bounce off tacklers. Very impressive.

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Since'61's picture

September 21, 2015 at 09:52 am

Excellent team win for the Packers. OL, DL, and STs all won their battles v. Seachickens.
As I mentioned stopping Lynch was the key and the Packers D did a great job of shutting him down. With Lynch done, Wilson, who played well, could not keep up with Aaron Rodgers who played most of the game without Lacy. Starks had a great game in Lacy's absence, except for the fumble. Raji wrecked Seattle's run game. It was great to finally see some real hustle and a sense of urgency from our defense. If the D continues to play like this we will have a great season. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Bohj's picture

September 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

Rodgers: Hey Russell. Knock knock!
Russell: Who's there?
Rodgers: Owen
Russell: Owen who?
Rodgers: 0-2 Dawg!!!!!!

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WKUPackFan's picture

September 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Loved Sitton's interview after the game. He stated that AR is the best player in the game, and, in his opinion, the greatest player of all time. It's hard to disagree.

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Imma Fubared's picture

September 21, 2015 at 04:39 pm

Crangrats Packs. I eat crow. I picked against them in the family pool thinking they will find a way to muff this again.
My big concern going forward and its the same one I've had for three years, the pass defensive SCHEME

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4thand1's picture

September 21, 2015 at 06:14 pm

Of course you picked against the Pack, you're a viqueen fan. You suck.

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

September 23, 2015 at 01:33 am

That's super lame. Betting against the Packers? Now I've heard it all.

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Imma Fubared's picture

September 21, 2015 at 04:42 pm

Sorry posted pnly part of it. The pass defense SCHEME sucks. Again, wide open receivers. 5 or six guys pass rushing and leaving the middle suspect to passing plays. Were talking 24, 30 15 20 yard completions with little resistance.
When we threw the ball most times the receiver was tackled immediately to had to vie for the ball. I just don't see us being successful down the road and more teams learn, throwing the ball gets you points against the pack, not running.

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4thand1's picture

September 21, 2015 at 06:12 pm

You SUCK! It was a great win and just enjoy the moment. Its always great waking up Monday morning after a win like this. I work with mostly lolion fans, would that make you happy, to be a lolion fan? They are a miserable bunch. Better yet how about a Bears fan? The Packers could've won 45-0 and you'd find something to bitch about, you sad sack.

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PaulRosik's picture

September 21, 2015 at 11:09 pm

They gave up 200 yards passing and 17 points. You're just not going to get total shutouts in the NFL. If you thought that was bad game defending the pass, you really don;t know what a bad game defending the pass looks like.

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dobber's picture

September 22, 2015 at 07:55 am

"I just don't see us being successful down the road and more teams learn, throwing the ball gets you points against the pack, not running."

This is almost the opposite of what we were saying in the early to middle portions of LAST season: why would anyone do the Packers the favor of throwing the football when they can rip off 5-6 yards per carry on a consistent basis?

In this case, the Packers were in whole-hog to stop the run. They were cheating safeties left and right. When you do that, you make holes in your secondary...especially over the middle. Add to that the fact that the secondary has several new actors compared to a year ago (when they could go nickel or dime and have experienced, credible DBs on the field) and there are going to be some growing pains.

The plus: when they had the chance, the DBs were pretty sure-handed in their tackling on Sunday. The minus: the Packers haven't played a team that can air it out and really test those DBs, yet, and also threaten with the run. They won't see anything close to that until San Diego comes to town in week 6...Packers could conceivably be 5-0 at that point.

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PETER MAIZ's picture

September 22, 2015 at 03:04 am

Zook ought to get an A for improving his special teams from the get-go. The defense played great. Rodgers was touched by divine intervention. It was an excellent team effort that showed grit, hustle and inspiration. Jayrone shined.
Some Packers fans expect total perfection from every player and "total perfection" is not existent. The naysayers are being obtuse and it's beginning to be a pain in the rear. The Pack looked great against a very good team. All I say to the Packers is "be better if possible, and it's always possible". The defense played great, shutting down Lynch to nothing. I'm sure we'll hear from his mother. Great football from the Packers and I see it going forward.

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zeke's picture

September 22, 2015 at 04:53 am

Has anyone ever seen Marshawn Lynch's mother and Greg Jennings' sister together in the same room? Hmmmm...

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dobber's picture

September 22, 2015 at 08:03 am

"Some Packers fans expect total perfection from every player and "total perfection" is not existent. The naysayers are being obtuse and it's beginning to be a pain in the rear."

Every team gives up plays. That's just football. The teams that are elite MAKE plays, whether it's by hustle, talent, or scheme. We've seen too many seasons end for the Packers recently because they don't get that clutch play that turns or seals a game...Hyde missing the INT against the '9ers in the playoffs, HHCD on the 2pt or Bostick on the onside kick against Seattle.

Make those plays and recent Packer history has a much different tone. Much easier to be "obtuse" when those things aren't happening. The Packers made plays on Sunday...let's hope it's a theme for the season (and many to come) and not just a flash in one game.

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