One thing was clear in the Seattle Seahawks' 36-16 rout of the Green Bay Packers Thursday night: Not many teams could have walked into CenturyLink Field, against the defending Super Bowl champs, and walked out with a win. Seattle's defense was as stout as ever and the offense, with Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin, was versatile.
But the storyline of the night wasn't just Seattle's dominance. The Packers' weaknesses were exposed Thursday, and frustratingly, many of the problems were the same ones that plagued the team last season. Missed tackles, letting big plays slip through their fingers and a leaky run defense (especially in the middle) were all issues that look to have carried over into the 2014 season.
Perhaps the biggest worry for the Packers Thursday night was the fact that the injury bug seems to have put down roots. There's no word yet on how serious Bulaga's knee injury is, but it's worth noting the left knee is the same knee on which he tore his ACL last offseason.
Richard Rodgers, who got the starting nod at tight end, had a scare with a neck injury, but returned to play. Eddie Lacy was being evaluated for a possible concussion and by the end of the game, there was no word on his status for Week 2.
Their Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets will be a better indication of Green Bay's readiness, as few teams would have looked good against the Seahawks at home. But if Green Bay doesn't correct some of the mistakes it showed tonight, it's unlikely the Packers will get a chance for a rematch in the playoffs.
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