The Green Bay Packers (1-2) were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks (3-0) by a score of 17-10 at Lambeau Field on Friday night. Through three preseason games the Packers have still not scored a touchdown, but there is no reason to be concerned.
Since Aaron Rodgers took over as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in 2008, he has at least played the first half of the third preseason game each year. Instead of following this trend, Mike McCarthy only played Rodgers for one series Friday night. Rodgers completed four of his seven passes for 41 yards, and he had one scramble that totaled four yards.
The game started off with a 27 yard field goal by Steven Hauschka to put the Seahawks up 3-0. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense responded on the next drive, driving down the field and lining Mason Crosby up for a 38 yard field goal that tied the game up 3-3.
After quick starts by both teams, the game looked as if it would be a shoot out, but the game slowed down considerably after the first two drives. Neither team scored again until the third quarter, when Christine Michael busted a 43 yard touchdown run to put the Seahawks up 10-3.
Vince Young took his first snap in the third quarter and led the Packers on an 88 yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to rookie fullback Jonathan Amosa, tying the game once again 10-10. Young played two series Friday night and was impressive, going six for seven for 41 yards and a touchdown, along with three rushes for 39 yards.
The Seahawks clinched the game with a Brady Quinn 42 yard touchdown pass to Stephen Williams, putting the Seahawks ahead 17-10.
Notes from the Game
- Russell Wilson had his up and downs last night for the Seahawks. The quarterback played into the third quarter for Seattle and went 11 for 17 for 126 yards and two interceptions. Casey Hayward and Jerron McMillian both recorded INTs against Russell Wilson. Wilson was also sacked three times.
- Robert Turbin (10 carries, 50 yards) and Christine Michael (11 carries, 97 yards, one TD) impressed for the Seahawks. Michael stood out the most with his great burst and speed, giving the Seahawks a potential speed and power combo in MarShawn Lynch and Michael
- The backup quarterback position in Green Bay is getting more and more interesting with each passing week. Since Rodgers only played one series, Graham Harrell received playing time with the first group. Even though the whole team played sloppy when Harrell was in the game, Harrell's play was not impressive (6/13, 49 yards); B.J. Coleman also struggled in the fourth quarter (2/7, 8 yards). If Young has a chance at making the 53-man roster, expect the Packers to give him a chance to work with some of the starters in the fourth preseason game.
- The run game will have plenty of ups and downs this year, even with the additions of Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin. Lacy finished the game with negative yards (eight carries, -5 yards), Franklin once again was slowed down (four carries, one yard) and DuJuan Harris was non-existent in his first game back (three carries, two yards). Alex Green was the top back on the night with two carries for 31 yards.
- As far as depth is concerned, this may be the most talented defense the Packers have had in quite some time. The Packers are loaded with talented defensive linemen, inside and outside linebackers, and corners. Even though the safety position only has three players who will make the 53-man roster (Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian), the Packers are still fortunate to have three starting-caliber safeties.
- Even though he doesn't show up int he stat sheet, Datone Jones is an impressive rookie, and when he has been healthy he doesn't play like a rookie. Even though the rookie had an offside penalty against him, Jones has a remarkable blend of size and speed. Jones uses his hands extremely well and has a wide variety of pass rush moves he utilizes. He looks the part to be the face of the Packers defensive line for years to come.
- Jeremy Ross may be close to clinching a spot on the 53-man roster. Although he only had one reception, Ross had a kick return that was 33 yards and a punt return that was brought back 11 yards. Micah Hyde and Jeremy Ross will battle it out one more week, but Ross is close to sealing the deal.
- Five players were injured for the Packers Friday night. Rookie OLB Jarvis Reed hurt his knee, Morgan Burnett and Brad Jones both experienced hamstring injuries. Casey Hayward also re-injured the same hamstring that bothered him in training camp. DuJuan Harris re-injured the same right knee that kept him out three weeks. Even though these injuries aren't supposed to be serious, ti is alarming to see so many injuries in one game.
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