The Seattle Seahawks got their season started in a big way on Thursday night, leaving many to wonder if their odds to become 2014 Super Bowl champions are among the NFL’s best.
From the start, it was clear the Russell Wilson-led team was going to bring a huge spark to the league’s “Opening Night”. With an impressive offensive attack, the Seahawks were able to cruise to a huge win against the Green Bay Packers, 36-16.
Marshawn Lynch got his 2014 season started the right way, rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He looked rejuvenated, a bit lighter on his feet, and ready to be a top-five back yet again this season.
Pete Carroll talked about his star running back after the game via his press conference aired on NFL Network.
“We are mostly excited about running the ball for over 200 yards,” Carroll said. He added that Lynch “has looked so good all the way through camp”, noting that he has been showing tremendous explosion.
The key to this game for the ‘Hawks offense was balance. From the start, Wilson and his offensive attack mixed in the pass and run extremely well, leading to a gameplan that was nearly unstoppable for the Packers.
Part of that balance came with WR Percy Harvin, who made it known that his presence in the 2014 scheme could prove to be the final building block needed to get Seattle back to the Super Bowl. Harvin was utilized on the jet sweep in the running game, and in space in the passing game – totaling 11 touches for 100 yards.
One of the few concerns of the night came from cornerback Byron Maxwell. Although he registered an interception, (a rather routine grab off of a tipped ball) he proved to be extremely vulnerable against guys like Jordy Nelson. That’s something that needs to be fixed for this unit – and fast. Richard Sherman can only do so much over on one side…team’s will find a way to expose Seattle, and targeting Maxwell could be that scenario as the team moves forward.
Sherman didn’t have a pass thrown in his direction all night.
Other than a few missed opportunities in the defensive backfield, everything went by like the Seahawks didn’t miss a beat. The offensive line went through it’s struggles, but it will only get better. Justin Britt will grow, and Russell Okung will begin to feel more comfortable with every game that goes by.
Carroll talked about the offensive line and how they struggled, but said they were very physical and played strong.
The Seahawks will have a tough road ahead of them, but it’s very possible they can shock the world (to a certain extent) and repeat. If last night was any indication of what’s to come, it’s going to be a real possibility.