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The Morning After: Packers 17 Seahawks 0

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The Green Bay Packers are 8-2. They were able to pitch a shutout for the first time since 2018.

Aaron Rodgers was back. Russell Wilson was making his return from the injured reserve.

In a game that was billed as a matchup between two great quarterbacks, the defense stole the show as the Packers won 17-0 at Lambeau Field.

Here are some of my thoughts following a big win against an NFC opponent.

1.) It wasn’t pretty all the time, but it was beautiful at the same time. The Packers have won plenty of games with offensive explosions over the years. It’s been rare they’ve been able to win a game because of their defense.

I mentioned at the top that Sunday’s game was the first shutout since 2018. That particular shutout came against Josh Allen before he became an MVP-caliber player.

This one came against Russell Wilson. Yes, Wilson missed some plays he usually makes, but that is impressive regardless of the situation of the game.

The Packers have now passed three straight tests against Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson. Those are three of the 10 best quarterbacks in all of football.

This Packers team has a defense, and it’s capable of getting them to the Super Bowl.

 

2.) The offense, however, is a concern. I know that Aaron Rodgers was returning from a COVID-19 illness. This Seahawks team was one of the worst defenses in football, and they were able to amass all of three points in the first three quarters.

They continue to shoot themselves in the foot when they get into the opponent’s territory. It’s November now. They are running out of excuses for why their offense is average at this point.

Maybe the return of David Bakhtiari will kickstart this offense to find its elite form, but the concerns at this point are valid.

 

3.) Special teams were not terrible today. That was a nice thing. Amari Rodgers had what I thought was his best day as a pro. They were sound in coverage. Ultimately, you didn’t notice the coverage units. That’s always a good thing.

 

4.) It might be time to have a conversation about Mason Crosby. They’re not going to cut him, but he’s been given enough excuses. His miss in the first quarter dropped him to 50 percent on the season. That’s not going to cut it.

JJ Molson is on the practice squad. I would imagine he’s the kicker in 2022, but there’s at least an argument that day should come sooner.

 

5.) Aaron Rodgers said he got “misty-eyed” after the game was over. I continue to believe he’s going to be the team’s quarterback in 2022.

 

6.) AJ Dillon was once called undraftable by another publication. He didn’t have gaudy numbers, but he gives the Packers a different identity when he’s on the field. Both touchdowns were incredible individual efforts. Green Bay has a good one there.

7.) Oh yeah, he can catch the ball too.

 

8.) Green Bay was using Allen Lazard in the old Robert Tonyan role. I like the idea even if it didn’t necessarily work today.

 

9.) Rashan Gary. What a monster. He and Kenny Clark are the two best players on Green Bay’s front. That might even be true if/when Za’Darius Smith returns.

 

10.) Total bummer to see Gary and Mercilus both go down with injuries today. Both guys were playing well. Mercilus was **this** close to two sacks. Hopefully, both can return this season.

 

11.) The penalties through the course of the game on Seattle were on-brand for them. I’ve been around a lot of Head Coaches over the years, and nobody complains as much as Pete Carroll. If you think the San Francisco 49ers version of Jim Harbaugh complained a lot, it pales in comparison to Carroll.

That team takes on the identity of their Head Coach, and it’s a big reason why they’re 3-6 and acting a fool when they start losing.

 

12.) Aaron Jones going down sucks. The good news if you want it is that it’s being reported by various outlets it seems to be an MCL injury. Jones stayed in the bench area throughout the rest of the game after being injured. I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think he’d be doing that if it was an ACL injury.

 

13.) It may sound odd to say because the answer is Za’Darius Smith, but Adrian Amos is right there in the conversation for the best free-agent signing Brian Gutekunst has ever made. He’s rock solid.

 

14.) Good for Kevin King. There was a smattering of boos mixed in with cheers when he was introduced before the game. He has also been very good the last three games he has played. Green Bay’s secondary has some depth if they can get Alexander back.

 

15.) Onto next week. The Packers have a chance to bury the Vikings and sew up the division.

 

 

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