Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can hardly drop back to pass without ending up on his back. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has had one big pass. And that’s the story of the first half on Monday Night Football.
Rodgers has been under relentless pressure from Seattle’s front, sometimes because of breakdowns on the Packers’ offensive line and sometimes because Rodgers himself hasn’t done a good job of avoiding the rush, and the Seahawks have sacked him a whopping eight times. Chris Clemons already has four sacks, while rookie first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin has two, and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has two of his own. The Packers’ offense hasn’t been able to do anything.
The Seahawks’ offense hasn’t done a lot either, but in the second quarter Wilson heaved a long ball to receiver Golden Tate, who reeled it in for a 41-yard touchdown catch. That’s the only scoring so far in the game, and Seattle leads 7-0.
And if the Packers can’t do a better job of protecting Rodgers, seven points is all the Seahawks will need.