The Seahawks defeated the Packers in Seattle way back in Week One. That's before I took over in my current role at SeahawkFootball.com and therefore, I don't have my typical Ten Takeaways of that game to share.
Here are a few notes on personnel I took while watching the Packers' win Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers was clearly limited by the calf injury but was nonetheless brilliant, throwing with velocity, trajectory and his trademark precision. He was able to step up or slide laterally in the pocket to buy time but was tentative in his movements, making him vulnerable to the pass rush.
Rookie center Corey Linsley has out-played his fifth round selection this season for the Packers but he struggled a bit in this game. His premature snap to Aaron Rodgers resulted in the game's first turnover and he gave up a sack on a stunt by edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence in the second quarter, as well.
Fellow rookie Davante Adams continues to prove he's one of the top receivers from the 2014 draft class - which, of course, is quite a statement. As he did in leading the country in touchdowns a year ago at Fresno State, Adams beat Dallas with his surprising agility and strength. It simply does not get any better than the Legion of Boom versus Rodgers and Green Bay's receiving corps of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Adams.
On the defensive side of the ball, Julius Peppers was everywhere. He forced two fumbles in this game, including a punch-out of the ball from Cowboys' star running back DeMarco Murray that was one of the real turning points of the game. After Green Bay bottled the NFL's leading rusher up for most of the game, Murray had a lane and open field ahead of him on the third quarter run. In a play that demonstrated Peppers' incredible athleticism and length, he knocked the ball out as Murray appeared to be breaking into the open field, dramatically reversing momentum (and possession).
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