The Seattle Seahawks followed up their dominant Super Bowl performance against the league MVP and top quarterback in the league by slaughtering what many believe to be this year’s top QB in Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
As the title line says, he was ‘Discount-Double Worked’ in Seattle.
It didn’t help that Rodgers lost Bryan Bulaga early in this game, and a couple of big plays by the Seattle defensive line turned this game from a possible close one into a complete blowout. Cliff Avril got serious pressure on Rodgers a couple of times forcing them to punt once and then strip sacking him, causing a safety.
Obviously Seattle is a tough place to play, but the Seahawks are an even tougher team to play against.
Rodgers wanted to run a faster paced offense against Seattle, but quick throws don’t work against this defense. They are too fast, and too good of tacklers. If he wanted to reference a game, just look back at the Super Bowl. The Broncos’ offense is all about quick throws and yards after catch, but Seattle is too good at attacking the ball to allow that kind of stuff.
Everything flows through Earl Thomas, who covers so much ground it’s hard for quarterbacks to find soft spots in Seattle’s zone. By the time Rodgers put together a drive where he had finally figured some things out, it was far too late.
Seattle was methodical in the way it beat Green Bay. They stifled them defensively, and executed perfectly on offense. But I still expected more from Aaron Rodgers. I expected Rodgers to show his cool as ice mentality and come into Seattle and put up a legitimate fight.
The Packers’ game plan was obviously to try and establish Eddie Lacy and let Rodgers reap the benefits, but it just didn’t come together. Seattle is so disciplined that they were able to bend and not break whenever Green Bay would find running lanes.
Back to the drawing board for Rodgers and the Packers.