The Packers, pretty much everyone’s pick as the best team in the NFC at the moment, proved it on the field Sunday night, holding off a Seattle third-quarter comeback to beat the Seahawks 27-17 at Lambeau Field.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Pass the torch in the NFC, for now, from Seattle to Green Bay.

The Packers, pretty much everyone’s pick as the NFC’s best team, proved it on the field Sunday night, holding off a third-quarter comeback to beat the Seahawks 27-17 at Lambeau Field.

The Seahawks are 0-2 for the first time since 2011 and face what can be an historically tough road simply to make the playoffs —- just six of 73 teams from 2007 to 2014 that started 0-2 made the playoffs


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The Seahawks will hope to take advantage of a schedule that eases a bit — on paper, anyway — beginning with Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears,

“But we can’t take anything for granted,’’ defensive end Cliff Avril said.

Indeed, Sunday again showed lots of work to do for the Seahawks.

Here is a rundown of the game Sunday and how each unit graded out for the Seahawks:


It took the Seahawks a half to find out what would work on offense against the Packers — throwing the ball and often doing so by getting Russell Wilson on the run via bootlegs and other rollout plays.

Wilson also used his legs to revive Seattle’s running game in the second half.

The result was that a Seattle offense held to 104 yards in the first half finished with 324 — the second consecutive week the Seahawks have gotten it going on offense after halftime.

Carroll said the team decided at halftime that the pass protection was working well, “So we decided to go with it (throwing the ball).’’

Wilson completed 8 of his first 10 passes in the second half to lead two touchdown drives and get the Seahawks back in front.

But much of the rest of the game was tough sledding, with two turnovers in the fourth quarter ultimately dooming the Seahawks.

Credit Wilson for turning in a solid second half to finish with respectable numbers, in particular in being more aggressive running — he finished with 78 yards on 10 carries.

But the fact that Seattle could not run conventionally against the Packers is concerning considering Green Bay allowed 185 yards last week against the Bears and that was considered a weakness. Marshawn Lynch had just 41 yards on 15 carries with a long of 11.

Seattle also had trouble getting the ball to tight end Jimmy Graham, who had just one catch for 11 yards on two targets. Carroll said there were plenty of plays called for Graham but added that it just didn’t work to get him the ball. Seattle has to get that figured out.

Grade: C-plus.


Though there were moments when the Seahawks defense of old showed its face — the Packers had just two field goals from the 10:45 mark of the first quarter until early in the fourth — the bottom line is the Seahawks have allowed 61 points in two games. Seattle allowed just 60 points in the last seven games of 2014.

All of it will only intensify, the questions about whether the Seahawks will be forced to do something to bring holdout Kam Chancellor back into the fold.

After the subpar outing against the Rams in Week 1, the Seahawks shook things up, starting DeShawn Shead at strong safety in place of Dion Bailey, who struggled against St. Louis in place of Chancellor.

With Shead starting at strong safety Seattle also altered its nickel defense, going with Marcus Burley as the slot corner and leaving Richard Sherman on the left side

It looked good for a while early as Burley helped keep Randall Cobb in check for much of the first half. Cobb, though, finished with a typical game with eight catches for 116 yards.

Penalties hurt the Seahawks throughout, but particularly in the first half as the Packers jumped to a 13-3 halftime advantage.

A penalty for 12 men on the field (apparently on rookie Frank Clark) kept alive Green Bay’s first drive, which ended in a touchdown.

Two penalties on the same play — on Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman — led to a 52-yard gain that set up Green Bay’s field goal before the half.

Missed tackles, which proved killer against the Rams, reared their ugly head as the game wore on against the Packers, particularly on the drive when Green Bay regained the lead. Notably, a missed tackle by Earl Thomas on Cobb turned a short gain into a 19-yarder that jump-started the drive.

Grade: C-minus.


The Packers employed a strategy the Seahawks should expect from every opponent — kicking it as far away Tyler Lockett as possible.

On one punt in the first half, Lockett tracked the ball and caught it several yards out of bounds.

Still, when given a chance, Lockett was effective, including a 22-yard punt return in the first quarter.

The coverage was solid — the Packers had an average drive start of their own 22 in the first half — and Steven Hauschka kicked a 54-yard field goal in the first quarter when Green Bay was up 10-0.

Grade: B.