Well, as you can imagine the Seahawks were not in a very talkative mood after this one. I actually got my first “no comment” from a couple players today, which kind of let’s you know how things are going for the team right now.
Most of the questions centered on Matt Hasselbeck and the team’s effort overall in a game where they got pummeled 48-10, and for the third straight game just did not compete for large stretches of the contest.
If not for the late, 16-yard touchdown pass by tight end John Carlson from Hasselbeck, this would have been the worst loss in franchise history, eclipsing Seattle’s 51-7 loss to Dallas on Nov. 27, 1980, a Thanksgiving Day affair.
Did I think they would lose this bad? No, not really.
Yes, the Packers are better. But this was ridiculous.
Where do I begin?
Matt with four picks, the Hawks give up 48 points, three to some guy named Brandon Jackson.
Just when you thought last week was worse, you have this week. It was like Lord of the Flies on the game chat. There are some unhappy fans. Talk of more paper bags and booing for next week’s home game.
Here is the inactive list for today. As expected, wide receiver Mike Hass, who the Seahawks signed on Saturday, will be active for today’s game. He’ll replace Ben Obomanu as the team’s fourth receiver, who is still slowed by a strained hamstring.
Defensive tackle Red Bryant also is active for today’s game, and Craig Terrill is inactive. This will be the sixth game Bryant is active this season.
Also, Julius Jones, who was listed as questionable on Friday, is active for today’s game.
For Green Bay, nose tackle Ryan Pickett is inactive for today’s game. Pickett had a hamstring issue and was questionable for today’s game. So that mean’s rookie nose tackle B.J. Raji will get his first start of the season.
And he’ll face a familiar foe across the line of scrimmage in Seattle rookie center Max Unger. The two matched up a lot during Senior Bowl week before the draft.
Good Morning from snowy Green Bay. The weather forecast today is for snow and temperatures in the 20s, so play could be a little sloppy, although the turf at Lambeau Field is heated to help keep the snow off the ground. Here’s my four keys for the game.
Ball security: The Seahawks need a +2 turnover ratio to have a chance on the road today. So they have to take care of the ball, and they have to force a couple turnovers to steal some possessions from a pretty good Green Bay offense.
Run Forsett, Run: Justin Forsett and Julius Jones need to have big days today. Seattle ran the ball pretty effectively in the first half against Tampa Bay. The Packers defense is much better, but if Seattle can get the ground game going, it should help eat up some clock and keep the Packers offense off the field.
Use the middle of the field: This isn’t exactly the best day to turn to the passing game, but expect Matt Hasselbeck to use his big target in John Carlson and try to loosen up Green Bay’s defense by hitting Carlson in the middle of the field. And also look for T.J. Houshmandzadeh to work those soft spots in the zones today.
Turn up the pressure: Aaron Rodgers has been sacked a league-leading 49 times, although he’s only been sacked six times in the last four games. Seattle has to get to the passer. They don’t have a sack in the past two games. Darryl Tapp should have some extra motivation after Rodgers accused Tapp of biting him last year, so let’s see if Tapp can get back there today.