Packers-Seahawks: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Green Bay's defense has best game of season; Rodgers is running too much

Thumbs up: Green Bay's defense entered the game last in the league in forcing three-and-outs with seven. The Packers forced five three-and-outs against Seattle.

Thumbs down: It's great that Aaron Rodgers is playing, despite a sprained shoulder, but the Packers need him on the field in order to win games. When he runs with it, Packer Nation holds it breath. So why is Rodgers running so much? Two quarterback sneaks? Doesn't he know that he's got a bum shoulder? Give the ball to other, healthier skill position players.

Thumbs up: It was the Seahawks, but they are an NFL team and the Packers' defense performed well against them. Seattle was held to 177 total yards for the game, the Packers' best defensive performance this year.

Thumbs down: What was Steve Stelljes, the head linesman, looking at when Rodgers clearing held the ball over the goal line for a touchdown late in the second quarter? Fortunately the Packers got some help from the replay booth, which granted Rodgers his third rushing touchdown of the season.

Thumbs up: Green Bay's run defense wasn't great, but improved. Seattle finished with 113 yards rushing, far below the 161.1 yards per game the Packers have been yielding in the five previous games.

Thumbs down: The Packers had to burn two timeouts in the first quarter, a no-no for any NFL team.

Thumbs up: The Packers had five penalties for 45 yards enforced against them, which is their best game penalty-wise since Week 3 when they were penalized four times for 30 yards against Dallas.

Thumbs down: Ryan Grant's average per carry was just 2.7 yards on a career-high 33 attempts. Grant finished with 90 yards rushing. His longest carry was 17 yards. He seemed to be on the verge of breaking a big gainer but it never happened.

Thumbs up: Charles Woodson picked off his team-high fourth interception of the season in the fourth quarter to thwart any thought of a Seahawks comeback. Woodson played the ball perfectly, leaving his man and cutting in front of the intended receiver for the interception. At this pace, Woodson will easily be named to his fifth Pro Bowl.

Thumbs down: Safety Aaron Rouse was forced the leave the game with a head injury and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett appeared to aggravate a knee injury. No further details on the two were immediately available after the game.

Thumbs up: The Packers improved to 3-3 and snapped a three-game skid in the process. Green Bay also moved into a tie for first place in the NFC North Division with the Chicago Bears, who fell to the Atlanta Falcons.

Todd Korth writes for and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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