Earl Thomas was absent and the Seattle Seahawks were away at Lambeau Field, but that doesn’t excuse any of their play on Sunday, which was one of their worst performances of the season (offensively and defensively).
Russell Wilson threw five (five!) interceptions, the defense just kinda went through the motions, and the wideouts dropped some easy catches that really hurt the Seahawks.
It was not a fun football game to watch if you were a Seattle fan — but for those Green Bay fans it was a good, momentum-building win for the Cheeseheads, who have now gone on a three-game winning streak after their earlier four-game skid.
Aaron Rodgers easily tossed three touchdowns and was in command the entire game, as he sat back in the pocket and deftly sliced and diced the proud Seattle defense who had as forgetful a game as Wilson had.
No. 12 in Packer green was up to his usual tricks, phasing out the defense with his gift of gab at the line and taking some extra yards by drawing penalties on the Birds.
After Seattle won the toss and deferred per usual, the Packers scored in a minute-and-a-half as Rodgers found Davante Adams on the third play of the game for a 66-yard touchdown and the rout was on.
The Seahawks came right back with an impressive 13-play drive that featured a good amount of carries from Thomas Rawls, but they fell short on a 3rd-and-1 and were forced to kick a field goal. The Birds wouldn’t score again until the fourth quarter, but the game was basically over by then.
After a missed field goal by the Packers and consecutive punts by both teams, Wilson threw his first of five interceptions on an attempt to Jimmy Graham. The Pack scored two more touchdowns and Wilson threw another pick to close the half.
Trailing 3-21 and with the ball to begin the second half, Seattle was in an unfavorable but surmountable position. Wilson marched his squad all the way down to the red zone before throwing yet another interception in the end zone.
The lead ballooned to 3-31 with about ten minutes left in the game and Pete Carroll still came back out with his starting quarterback. Wilson, ever the competitor, responded with his first touchdown during his nightmare game as he no-huddled the Birds all the way to the end zone before finding Tanner McEvoy for a score, bringing the count to 10-31 with eight minutes left. Crazier things have happened in the NFL, and as the Seahawks lined up for the onside kick and did not recover, the game was basically over.
The Seattle defense later came up with a big stop on fourth down for a moral victory, and Wilson came right back out, ready to cut into the 21-point lead and maybe pull off an improbable W. But alas, on his first pass after the defensive stand, he threw ANOTHER pick, finishing with five on the day on a very un-Russell Wilson kind of performance.
The Packers whooped and hollered on the sideline as they took a big win over Seattle, who have turned into one of the more perplexing teams in the NFL. On their last five road games, they have lost three (Packers, Buccaneers, Saints), tied once (Cardinals) and beat one (Patriots), the latter being one of the best teams in the League. They are still undefeated at home.
After this horrendous shellacking at Green Bay, here’s a question to think about: how much would Seattle have won against the Packers at CenturyLink Field?
The Seahawks are home next Thursday, as they host the the messy Los Angeles Rams and look to avenge that 9-3 loss earlier this year. Oh, and congratulations to the other futbol team in town, the Seattle Sounders, who took the MLS Cup on Saturday in a thrilling finish.