The Green Bay Packers‘ 17-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Friday night at Lambeau Field would draw concern for many Packers fans on the surface. Those who saw the game, however, may think differently. In the all-important third week of the preseason is considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season. A seven point loss can be viewed either as a positive sign going forward for a constant winner or a negative sign that said winner is eroding.
The Packers and their fan base should come away happy that this loss showed the latter. In this game Green Bay showed that their maligned pass rush can be more than just Clay Matthews. Other men got involved in the action as guys like Brad Jones and C.J. Wilson got involved in pressuring and sacking Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The Packers tallied four sacks for 36 lost yards. Wilson was pressured numerous times, especially in the first half. That is a positive sign of improvement, should it translate to the regular season, as this defensive line’s pass rushing prowess has been reliant on one man – Clay Matthews. And he is a man who will need help from other guys on that D-line in order to be effective getting after the quarterback. There were two other positives to take away in this loss, both of which were on offense.
One would be the improved look of the offensive line, which was a weak point of this Packers’ passing game over the years. The O-line allowed only two sacks total all night against a Seahawks defense that is opportunistic and plain nasty, especially rushing the passer. The other positive to take away is the improved running game. The Packers’ looked to get it going early and often, and while they only rushed for 75 yards total in the game, the running back group looked solid, as did the running and play making of backup quarterback Vince Young. He too will add a new dimension to this offense in 2013.