A quick recap of the Seahawks’ 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Qwest Field on Saturday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Aaron Rodgers. As good as the Seahawks’ Matt Hasselbeck was in a bounce-back performance, the Packers’ QB was even better – for the second time in as many preseason games.
Against the Seahawks, Rodgers started with a bang by launching a 56-yard bomb to wide receiver Greg Jennings. Before calling it a night in the second quarter, Rodgers had completed 8 of 11 passes for 116 yards and touchdowns. That makes for a passer rating of 146.2. In the Packers opener, Rodgers was 12 of 13 for 159 yards and a TD.
“I thought Aaron was really good,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “That’s two weeks in a row that he’s really come out smoking and was able to make some plays. The first play that set up their first score, it was a big-time throw. An unbelievable throw, really.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Packers’ running back Brandon Jackson scored the game-winning on a 12-yard run with 3½ minutes to play. But let’s go with the Seahawks’ first touchdown – Hasselbeck’s 11-yard pass to Deion Branch.
“No, he was No. 5,” Hasselbeck said when asked if Branch was the primary receiver on the play. “So it was great protection by the offensive line.”
And Hasselbeck needed it, as he moved to his left while motioning to Branch to continue running across the back of the end zone. It might have been an impromptu play, but it was a play to build on.
Defense: Rookie Dexter Davis got a pass-rushers’ hat-trick in the third quarter. That would be a sack that forces a fumble that he recovers.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Davis, a rush-end at Arizona State who has moved to linebacker in the Seahawks’ base defense but still steps up to play end in the nickel. “You know when you beat a guy one-on-one and then the quarterback is just sitting there waiting for you there’s nothing like it. I just try to make the most of it every time.”
Special teams: Josh Wilson had a 56-yard kickoff return to set up the Seahawks’ first touchdown. But it’s impossible to overlook a dominant performance by punter Jon Ryan. So let’s go with his perfectly placed 40-yarder in the second quarter that Jordan Babineaux downed at the Packers’ 1-yard line.
The big one, of course, was Russell Okung’s sprained right ankle. It happened on the Seahawks’ first series. He is scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test Sunday to determine the extent of the injuries and exact location of the sprain.
Also scheduled for MRIs are defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer, who injured an ankle and knee; and cornerback Kelly Jennings, who hyperextended an elbow.
Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu did not play to rest a sore hamstring that sidelined him earlier in training camp. Also sitting out was kicker Olindo Mare, who has a sore calf. Offensive lineman Chester Pitts, linebacker Leroy Hill, tackle Ray Willis and cornerback Josh Pinkard were ruled out before the game because of injuries.
No. 3 QB J.P. Losman, wide receiver Mike Hass, running back Louis Rankin and guard Gregg Peat were in uniform but did not play.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s tough to make a big general statement over a small handful of plays.” – Hasselbeck when asked about rookie receiver Golden Tate, who caught one pass for 8 yards against the Packers after catching two for 5 yards in the opener