Packers and Rodgers Too Much for Seahawks in 27-24 Loss

As promised in the game’s preview, game previews and stories this preseason will be replaced with analysis that will break down key aspects of the 2010 Seattle Seahawks.  The regular journalism stories for the game previews and postgame stories will return toward the end of the preseason and be in full swing for Week One of the regular season.

In two words, not always.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers found ways to exploit the Seahawks’ secondary early and often.

On the Packers’ first offensive play of the game, the Pro Bowl quarterback found a streaking Greg Jennings down field for a 56-yard pickup.  Jennings caught the ball in stride after getting past Seattle’s last line of defense, rookie free safety Earl Thomas.

Green Bay’s first drive would finish with a one-yard play action touchdown pass, capping off a series that featured three completed passes out of four attempts for 69 yards.

Rodgers was at it again on Green Bay’s second possession.  Connecting twice with tight end Jermichael Finley, the Packers’ quarterback capitalized off space in the middle of the defense.  Finley’s second reception went for 12 yards and a touchdown as the third-year tight end slipped through the secondary untouched into the end zone.

It wasn’t all bad for the Seattle secondary, though.  During the Packers’ second drive, cornerback Marcus Trufant ripped the ball out of the hands of the Packers’ Jennings to break up a pass that would have been completed for a first down.  Later, rookie free safety Earl Thomas joined cornerback Kelly Jennings to break up a deep pass from Rodgers to Jennings down the left sideline.  Seattle’s Jennings injured an elbow on the play.

It wasn’t until Green Bay gave the football to its second-string quarterback that Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons impacted the game.

While first-string quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in the game, Clemons was silent.  The first-year Seahawk got into the backfield, but was neutralized by Green Bay’s offensive line.

Once Rodgers came out and Matt Flynn took his place, Clemons became disruptive.  Early into Flynn’s playing time, Clemons helped force the former Louisiana State University product out of the pocket and scramble for an eight-yard gain.  Later in the first half, the defensive end pushed the offensive lineman blocking him in the backfield into Flynn’s face.  Under pressure, Flynn got too much air on his pass and sent it over the head of his target.

Mike Williams punched his ticket for a regular-season roster spot on the 2010 Seattle Seahawks tonight.

The former first-round draft choice worked extensively with the first-team offense against Green Bay and was an integral part of the team’s aerial attack.  Williams recorded the team’s first reception, a gain of 17 yards, after finding space amongst three Green Bay defenders with a down-and-out route near the right sideline.  Later in the first half, Williams brought in a four-yard reception over the middle from his knees.  Further showcasing his skills, the first-year Seahawk made a diving grab of a Matt Hasselbeck pass along the left sideline while keeping his body inbounds and with both hands under the ball for a pickup of 17 yards.

Williams finished the night second out of the team’s first unit in receiving yards with 44 coming off four catches.

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