From the officiating to the offensive line to Chris Carson, there were infinitely more buzzed-about storylines than Seahawks touchdowns in their season-opening loss to the Packers.
Even when things were clicking offensively for the Seahawks against the Packers, miscues from dropped passes to questionable calls kept Seattle out of the end zone on Sunday. The Packers walked away with a 17-9 win to open the season.
The Packers mounted only one full touchdown drive; Aaron Rodgers hitting Jordy Nelson over the shoulder in the end zone for a 32-yard TD. Green Bay’s other score came after recovering a Russell Wilson fumble on the Seahawks’ 5-yard line and scoring on the next play.
It wasn’t the start to the season the Seahawks were looking for. But we exit it with a little more clarity on a few unknowns entering the year. When it was fresh, the defense was the best it’s been under Pete Carroll.
But a Swiss-cheese offensive line kept Russell Wilson on the run for much of the game — and the defense on the field, too.
Green Bay dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for 39:13 to the Seahawks’ 20:47.
The Seahawks had their opportunities. Twice they drove into the red zone, but settled for field goals each time. Of course, it might not have been all their doing. Here’s video:
The game-changing pass interference no-call came after cornerback Jeremy Lane drew two personal foul penalties in the first two minutes of the game. Officials said he punched a Green Bay player, but video replay was less clear.
Otherwise, seventh-round draft pick Chris Carson looked explosive and appeared to jockey himself over Eddie Lacy in the running back rotation. He broke off an impressive 30-yard run and finished the game with 39 yards on six carries. Lacy rushed five times for three yards.