Seattle Seahawks Make Statement With Opening Night Win

Well that was fun, wasn't it? The Seattle Seahawks pulled apart the Green Bay Packers for a 36-16 win in front of 68,424 fans at CenturyLink Field as well as a national television audience. Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 19-of-28 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Seahawks to the victory.

Seattle's "Big 3" all contributed big games that went a long way to the victory. Marshawn Lynch had another 100-yard game carrying the ball 20 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. A lot of his running room was made possible by the defense shifting to keep an eye on Percy Harvin who had a big game himself. Harvin's combined rushes and receptions earned him 100 yards on 11 touches.

Darrell Bevell continued to show his genius calling plays on Thursday night. He was mixing up the runs and passes as well as moving Percy Harvin around the formation to keep the defense on their toes. Green Bay just never looked comfortable on the defensive side of the ball, nor on the offensive side save for their two touchdown drives.

Harvin lined up everywhere but quarterback and on the offensive line during the game. The goal was to find space for Harvin to use his speed. The most dangerous spot that Harvin lined up in was as the motioned slot receiver. Bevell called that fly sweep on first down after the Running into the Kicker penalty extended the first drive. Harvin came flying around the edge just like in the Super Bowl for a gain of 13 yards.

Once this play was established, Seattle threw all sorts of variations to it whether it would be a handoff to Harvin, a handoff to Lynch after a fake to Harvin or a pass after a play fake. Green Bay was aggressive to contain Harvin that it pulled them out of position in other areas of the field.

The play of the game though came early in the second quarter on a first and ten from the Green Bay 33-yard line. Seattle lined up in a two-tight end set with split receivers and one man in the backfield. It screamed read-option. Wilson took the snap and indeed faked a handoff to Lynch before rolling out to the left hand side. Green Bay's defense was fooled except for cornerback Sam Shields who read the play perfectly. Shields came out of his coverage on Ricardo Lockette to challenge Wilson but instead of running the ball, Wilson pulled the ball back into his throwing position and lobbed a perfect ball to a wide-open Lockette who broke a tackle and strolled into the end zone to give Seattle a 10-7 lead.

From there, the Hawks just continued to look comfortable with the ball even in the drives that ended in punts. It was a great offensive showing for a team that is much better on offense than they were in 2013.

Seattle's defense looked top-notch as well. They limited the Packers to 255 yards of total offense, the 10th-worst offensive yardage output in the Mike McCarthy era. They actually gained more yards in the 2012 game (268 total yards) than in this one. This was the same aggressive defense that made you pay for gaining yards. Bobby Wagner looked in top form leading the team with 14 tackles. Kam Chancellor added 11 tackles including huge hits on Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy that probably made them both reconsider their profession.

It was domination in the simplest form of the word. Seattle may have one Super Bowl Championship under their belt but this team is hungry for more. They travel to San Diego next Sunday for a date with the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. You can see that game on FOX with a 4:05 pm ET kickoff.

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