Packers Dominate Seattle, Score Best Win in Years

The Green Bay Packers needed a day like the one they had Sunday against Seattle. It was a defining moment in a season that once looked lost, but now has been found.

For the last year and half, the Packers haven’t quite been themselves. Last season they were up and down. In 10 games this year, at times, they were flat out awful.

But something changed after going 4-6. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his team could run the table. Few believed him, but his coaches and his teammates did. And Rodgers, after talking the talk, is walking the walk.

Against Seattle, ARod was a maestro. Outside of pulling his hammy (hopefully that’s all it is), he could do no wrong. It started with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams on a third-and-one on the opening drive. And it didn’t stop.

Amazing throw after amazing throw, all game long. He toyed with a proud Seattle defense, one that will certainly have some questions to answer after allowing the two-time MVP to go 18-of-23 for 246 yards and three touchdowns.

Rodgers’ passing rating was 150. Had the game been in doubt, it could have been even higher. But even if his passer rating wasn’t perfect, his play was.

But the truth is, this win wasn’t all about Rodgers, not by a long shot.

The offensive line, was outstanding. They allowed one sack. One.

The receivers were great. Adams had four catches for 104 yards. Jordy Nelson caught two touchdowns. Randall Cobb showed up and Ty Montgomery, ran and caught the ball to the tune 86 total yards (41 rush, 45 receiving) and one touchdown.

But wait there’s more, because as much as this game was about the offense, it was about the defense too.

The once-maligned Packers defense has turned a corner. You could make excuses for the 27 points allowed over the previous two games. Against a rookie quarterback and one that plays like one (Brock Osweiler), the output wasn’t super impressive.

But it was a sign of things to come and Sunday versus the Seahawks,the defense exploded. Now its allowed 37 points in three games, against teams that all had something to play for.

The Packers intercepted Russell Wilson five times. And when they weren’t intercepting his passes, they were beating him into the ground.

Green Bay finished the day with three sacks and nine quarterback hits. The Packers also notched four tackles for loss and seven, yes seven, passes defensed. Not to mention a forced fumble.

The young corners, Damarious Randall (2 INTs, 2 PD), Quinten Rollins (1 INT, 2 PD) and LaDarius Gunter (1 PD) were outstanding. Morgan Burnett made a key interception and the secondary as a whole basically pitched a perfect game. Wilson’s final passer rating was 43.

Julius Peppers, Mike Daniels and Jayrone Elliot, played like men possessed. Dean Lowry got a sack in his second straight game and Clay Matthews, pressured Wilson all day and had a TFL.

It was a total team effort, a complete and utter annihilation of a team that hasn’t lost by more than 10 points in the last five seasons.

So what does it all mean?

It means the Packers are right in the thick of the NFC North and wildcard races. It also means that the Packers have found out who they are. They are back to playing their brand of football as head coach Mike McCarthy so famously stated before the 2010 Super Bowl run.

The Packers still need help yes, at least to win the division. But if this team gets to 10-6, it has a strong chance of making the postseason, something every team in the NFC, check that, the NFL, should fear.

The league is more wide open than ever this year and if the Packers are good enough to run the table in the regular season, who says they can’t come playoff time?

The one thing that’s clear though, is that the Packers of the last year and a half are dead. They are gone.

This team now looks like the one from 2010 or 2014. This looks like the team that beat Tom Brady in 2014 and the one that’s nobody’s underdog.

The rest of the NFL better watch out, because a sleeping giant has awoken in Green Bay and with just enough time to save the 2016 season.

 

chris peterson

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