Green Bay vs. Seattle: Report Card Grades for Each Packers Unit

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Green Bay vs. Seattle: Report Card Grades for Each Packers Unit
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After the Seattle Seahawks blew out the Green Bay Packers 36-16 on a national stage Thursday night, it became clear very few teams could have pulled out a win against that squad at home in Week 1. 

Even so, the Packers displayed a number of weaknesses in Seattle that, despite offseason work meant to correct them, looked all too similar to problems the team dealt with through the 2013 season. Missed tackles, not following through on big plays and a porous run defense were three areas that didn't look much improved to start off 2014. 

The Seahawks were able to attack Green Bay's defense through the air and on the ground, but it was really the run game that did the most damage. Seattle had 207 rushing yards compared to Green Bay's 80 on 16 more attempts, averaging 5.6 yards per rush compared to 3.8 for the Packers. 

Eddie Lacy only managed 2.8 yards per attempt, while the Packers simply couldn't contain Marshawn Lynch, who gashed them for 110 yards on 20 carries and two scores. 

Aaron Rodgers (23-of-33, 189 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) ended up with just two fewer rushing yards than Russell Wilson and one touchdown, but his play was shakier than his box score lets on.

The uptempo offense was shut down by a combination of crowd noise and Seattle's punishing defense, and Rodgers was so rattled that he tore into rookie center Corey Linsley on national television when the rookie messed up a snap, something the poised quarterback rarely does. 

Much of the reason Rodgers was so uncharacteristically off on Thursday was due to his inability to find anyone to throw to. Because Seattle doesn't move its corners around the field, Rodgers essentially avoided Sherman's side of the field (where the Packers stationed Jarrett Boykin) and instead looked for Jordy Nelson against cornerback Byron Maxwell. 

Rodgers is not a one-read quarterback by any means, but the Packers offense did not benefit from such limitations in his progressions. 

Perhaps the biggest worry for the Packers Thursday night was the fact that the injuries continue to pile on. There's no word yet on how serious Bryan 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. 

At the end of the day, most teams would have looked outplayed and overmatched against Seattle's at CenturyLink Field. But there weren't a lot of highlights for the Packers positional units after the loss, save for the secondary, which looked improved from 2013, and the pass rush, which is demonstrating that the offseason attention directed toward it is paying off.  

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