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Packers Question of the Day: Takeaways From the Win

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Packers Question of the Day: Takeaways From the Win

The Packers managed to win their third consecutive season-opening game, and they did so in an impressive fashion.

While it took time for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense to begin moving at its usual, somewhat fluid rhythm, the defense kept the Packers in the game the whole way through.

They didn't interception Russell Wilson five times, but they did hold the Seahawks to under 100 yards of total offense in the first half, as well as just nine points by the end of the fourth quarter.

What were your major takeaways from the win?


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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EdsLaces's picture

Our defense from front to back looks cohesive for the first time in 6 or 7 years.

dobber's picture

Hard-fought game against a physical team, and minimal injuries. Randall, Spriggs, and Brooks, it seems were the only casualties. None seemed really serious.

MarkinMadison's picture

1. I'm going to buck the crowd here (and the theme of the article) and say we don't know as much about the defense as we think we do. The Seahawks OL is terrible. Next week in Atlanta will give us a much better measure of how much this defense has improved since January.

2. This offense has too many weapons of too many different types. With good play calling and decent OL play they can score on anyone.

3. Vogel is a definite upgrade. I think when it is all said and done he will be better than any punter the Packers have had since #12 took over the offense.

dobber's picture

I think your point #1 is right on the money.

Remember what we thought of the defense last season early on?

cuervo's picture

Regarding point 1, I watched the entire Bears/Falcon game and either the Bears are dramatically improved or the Falcons are a shell of themselves. Bears had constant pressure on Ryan, and should have won the game.

Based on week 1 (I know things can change), we should be able to pressure Ryan...whether thats enough to win or not, who knows.

dobber's picture

Atlanta's a different team on turf...

RobinsonDavis's picture

The Bears defense can play pretty well. They need help from their offense though, which they received this last game, but at a cost to their receiving corp...again. Totally agree with the artifiical turf point too, Dobber.

Otto's picture

#96 for the Bears is either the second coming of Reggie White or the the interior of the Falcon's OL is in trouble. They could not block him. He was in the backfield all day. Daniels is going to drool watching that film.

I gained a lot of respect for Glennon. On several plays he was down field blocking. He threw a block on the goal line on a TD. Tough.

Razer's picture

... The Seahawks OL is terrible. Next week in Atlanta will give us a much better measure of how much this defense has improved since January...

Totally true. Last year our D looked good enough when we played weaker O-lines but was picked apart when the opposing QB had time. I want to see what the LBs and secondary do when Matt Ryan has time and we have to cover.

Overall, I am impressed with the effort and our run game behind a modified O-line. Montgomery is the real deal.

croatpackfan's picture

I agree with you that we should expect Packers D to play that well against weakest OL in NFL. But also, I have to say that Ryan is not Russel Wilson who is used to play behind porous wall. Still, he was hit 9 times and sacked 3.
Packers has at least 2 dangerous OLB and very strong middle of the DL. So, I expect them to play good against Atlanta, but not with that success against pass as against Seahawks. Hope I'm wrong and they will excell and repeat yesterday performance...
I agree Vogel is the best punter in the last 5 season available for Packers. Lets hope he will be even better.
What is interesting is that Riders, after they lost Jankulowski for season, signed Giorgio Travechio and he scored 100% of FG he was kicking (2 was from 52 yards!).

Patric Moncada's picture

The amount of times I saw 3+ packers swarm to the ball on defense, even before completed catches at times and behind the line, was nice to see. Particularly on the play where King finished shoving the receiver out of bounds on the left sideline.

L's picture

The defense had total control of this game from the very beginning to the end and the turnover they created allowed the offense to get jump-started.

Finwiz's picture

I think saying they had TOTAL control is a bit of an overstatement.

bandnerd007's picture

Good discipline on defense. In past years, when the Packers would sell out to pressure the QB, they would lose containment when the QB manages to get the ball out to someone in space. Happened once or twice yesterday, but lots of examples of Wilson managing to avoid a sack and get rid of the ball and the Packers still having other defenders left to contain the play.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

The D played solid except some long runs by Wilson they kept the pressure on the Hawks sure liked how the seemed strong all game long.

pacman's picture

I like the Belechik coaching style when he is rumored to not dwell at how good things went but what there is to improve. Give the team a night to be happy then start tomorrow on what went wrong and what to improve on.

Most specifically, how is it you have one of the best scrambling qb's and there was no spy on him?

RobinsonDavis's picture

I thought I saw a spy on a few of plays, but could be wrong. Maybe Ross can make a comment about this. Seems to me a front 5 guy would occasionally tie-up a blocker and then try to peel back, sometimes without success. Regardless, the roll-outs did not kill us, and were the only way Wilson found space to throw a pass.

RCPackerFan's picture

Takeaways -

1) Mike Daniels is a BEAST!

2) Offense while didn't get any points in the first half , they really wore down Seattle's Defense. Packers controlled the time of possession and really wore on Seattle. First half they had the ball for 20:14 whereas Seattle had it for 9:46. Green Bay nearly had the ball in the first half as Seattle had for the whole game.
Thats a credit to both the offense, defense and Vogel for having good punts that couldn't be returned.

3) Offense is going to have many contributors this season. They are going to throw a lot of different looks at teams.

4) Rookies are being brought along slowly which in the end may be the best thing for this team. Letting them playing sparingly early and let them play when there ready vs forcing them to play to soon.

Finwiz's picture

"They didn't interception Russell Wilson five times,"


Thebearsstillsuck's picture

They intercepted him 5 times in the last meeting. So he's saying, even though they didn't intercept him 5 times it was still a great effort

dblbogey's picture

I think he's talking about the misspelling. Should be edited/corrected. They didn't interception him 5 times?

Norm's picture

Yeah but Wilson didn't touchdown us even once!

Donster's picture

Really nice to see the Pack defense play so well. I won't jump on any "the defense is fixed" bandwagon though. They were able to beat up a bad offensive line. So that alone will keep me from getting to excited. On offense, Rodgers, Cobb and Nelson were still the main players. Montgomery came on late. Thought Williams showed what he can do. The offensive line is the weakness. Barring injury, I think they will get better as they get used to playing next to each other. They got better as the game went on, as the Seattle defensive line got tired. Our special teams weren't impressive, but then I don't expect them to be. Vogel did well in his first game. Hope the team continues to jell, and has a great season with a lot less injuries.

Bearmeat's picture

It's a great win. But next week is going to be a completely different (and IMO maybe more difficult) test. Let's see what the defense brings against a team with an actual OL.

On the other foot though, I don't expect to have only 17 points on offense ever again this year. This offense is going to score 30 a game on most any team.

Since '61's picture

I just had the sense that the Packers were ready for this game. It seemed like the defense especially knew what to expect on almost every play. On offense, Rodgers was excellent at finding the matchups with the best chance for success

My takeaways are that the defense looks faster than in recent seasons. Daniels is a force to be reckoned with.
House looked rusty and has a way to go to be ready for Atlanta. I thought Jake Ryan played well yesterday. All in all the defense looked more solid than last season, but it's only one game against a team with a weak OL, plus we had some calls go our way which was long overdue versus Seattle.

On offense Rodgers was Rodgers, Cobb was very effective, Jordy is still Jordy, Monty was the workhorse in the ground game and our OL was shaky but overall held up well against one of the best front 7s in the league. Bennett is going to make a difference in both our passing and ground games.

STs were adequate including Vogel who punted well in his first NFL game.
If we stay healthy we're going to be OK.
Thanks, Since '61

Ustabeayooper's picture

The key to this victory was time of possession. You keep a defense on the field for 40 minutes and they will have nothing left in the 4th quarter. Atlanta found this out in the SB. Seattle found this out yesterday. Our success in the 2nd half was due to the first half domination of the clock by both offense and defense. Even when the offense didn't score, they still kept the moving the ball. This kept the defense fresh. Conversely, the defense forcing 3 and outs, forced The Seahawks defense on to the field. If they can force Atlanta into a similar senecio, we should Come away with a victory.

The Silent One's picture

I would like the NFL to put a committee together to gather unique ideas about the preseason and then development them into functional procedures. I don't expect anyone to loose pay. I don't want more injuries. BUT our Packers were not ready for game 1, nor was Seattle, nor any NFL team I saw. I would like to see improved performances in Week 1 each year.

RobinsonDavis's picture

Some comments not already posted:

*Morgan Burnett fits into the Nitro package very well and made some very big plays.

*Loved the mental & physical toughness of the Packers in this game...especially against a team like the Seahawks.

*Bennett's catches were fun to watch, but his blocking was tremendous on the TD run.

*Cobb had a couple of very key catches, one where he accelerated away from a defender to turn a pass 3-4 yards short of a 1st down into a 5 yard RAC. That burst was nice to see!

* Rodgers appeared frustrated much of the 1st half. Even when he had time, could not seem to find a player to throw to. Wonder what the adjustments were in the second half?

* Rollins came off of his guy to swat a potential TD pass out of the way. Very athletic play

stockholder's picture

Monty had a great game. No long runs. But as the game went on. Very Clutch. Nice short runs. Lacy would have lost yardage. Even fumbled with those hits.

Jaypack's picture

Excellent overall team win and important to knock off the Hawks for post season positioning. We have a great team this year. The only issue is what's been a long standing one: play calling. We should have built a decent lead in the first half. I don't get why it took MM nearly 3 quarters for the light to turn on and call quick passes. And why the prevent D at end of first half that put the Hawks on the board?

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