Thursday night kicked off the NFL season and wow did the Seattle Seahawks lay a beat down on the Green Bay Packers. I predicted the Seahawks would win the game, but only by 3 points, not 20. The Seahawks got a boost from the 12th man and once they got going, they never let up.
The Seattle Seahawks offense appeared to be in midseason form. As I predicted in yesterdays pregame breakdown
Marshawn Lynch should run wild against the Packers defense who allowed 125 yards per game on the ground last year. The last time these two teams met, Lynch ran the ball 25 times for 98 yards, and another 25 carries tonight would not surprise me.
Lynch didn't get the 25 carries as I expected, but he ran for 110 yards on 20 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. As a team the Seahawks ran for over 200 yards. Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin got into the action on the ground as well.
Wilson played a near perfect game going 19/28 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 29 yards on 7 rushing attempts. As good as Wilson played, this will be about the best he gives fantasy owners all season long.
It looks like Percy Harvin will be the only receiver worth owning this year in fantasy, as he was heavily involved in this offense. Not only did he have 7 catches for 59 yards, but he ran the ball 4 times for 41 yards. Harvin is also the teams kick returner and could soon be the punt returner as Earl Thomas is too risky. Thomas was very aggressive fielding the punts and ended up fumbling one, which gave the Packers great field position.
As for the 2 touchdowns that Wilson threw, they went to WR Ricardo Lockette and FB Derrick Coleman. Two players who are owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues.
Nothing has changed when it comes to the Seahawks defense. Last season they only let up 171 yards per game through the air, and last night they only allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw for 189 yards.
Rodgers would go 23-33 for 189 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He was also sacked 3 times, including once that resulted in a safety, when Rodgers fumbled the football on the hit.
Richard Sherman continues to be a shutdown corner, as he was glued to Jarrett Boykin. Rodgers didn't even attempt a pass to Boykin because of the coverage by Sherman.
I thought Sherman would be on Jordy Nelson but that was not the case. Nelson went up against the Seahawks other corner, Byron Maxwell. Nelson was targeted 14 times, as he finished the game with 9 catches for 83 yards. However Rodgers threw one interception that hit off the hands of Nelson and went right to Maxwell for the easy pick.
Randall Cobb caught the lone touchdown for the Packers early on in the 4th quarter, from 3 yards out. Cobb finished the game with 6 catches for 58 yards.
The big news is clearly about Eddie Lacy who had to leave this game with a concussion in the 4th quarter. Lacy was ineffective when he was on the field though, only gaining 34 yards on 12 carries. He has 10 days off before the Packers play the Jets next Sunday, but if Lacy can't go, James Starks would get the start.
Oh yea, we can't forget about the first touchdown of the 2014 NFL season, coming from the Packers FB John Kuhn! Stole a touchdown from Eddie Lacy owners.