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Packers-Seahawks: First half thoughts

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Mike McCarthy wasn't kidding when he said this third preseason game would be less of a dress rehearsal and more of an evaluation period. 

 

Aaron Rodgers lasted just 10 plays but after three games it's pretty clear Rodgers doesn't need a dress rehearsal or any additional time to get the offense running smoothly.

 

On the opening drive it looked like the Packers defense was in for a long night.  While once again they were able to stuff inside runs the secondary was burned on a couple of big plays.  But the defense tightened up and yielded only a field goal.  From there the entire defense looked solid. 

 

Seattle gained 71 yards on the initial drive but just 84 yards for the rest of the half.  The Seahawks scored a combined 71 points in their first two preseason games.  Pete Carroll doesn't take preseason games lightly.  So three points is nothing to sneeze at.  Playmaking was abundant with two sacks and two interceptions.

 

The return specialist position remains up in the air with Randall Cobb out.  Jeremy Ross returned the lone kickoff 33 yards and looked good doing so.  Ross was back for one punt was it was a fair catch.  Micah Hyde was also back deep for a punt return but did not return it as it was a touchback.

 

Speaking of special teams, it's worth noting that Tim Masthay was used as the kicker on the opening kickoff.  Masthay has been used on kickoffs during training camp but I believe that's the first time he was used during a game.  Mason Crosby was then in on kickoff duty after the made field goal.

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