Packers: Offensive and defensive players of the game

The Seattle Seahawks opened the 2017 National Football League season after a off-season of drama and hype with a weak showing against their rival Green Bay Packers.

It's unwise to rely too heavily on preseason performances as indicators of regular-season success, but the preseason does count for something-remember, we saw the first signs of Dak Prescott's franchise-quarterback skill set during his preseason action past year.

"Not good enough. Too inconsistent and not good enough", offensive line coach Tom Cable said.

Shanahan downplayed any espionage on Lynch's part this week, sarcastically saying the only thing he's learned is Seattle plays a "Cover Three" defense. Since 2000, there have been just eight 10-sack games in 18 seasons, with the Jaguars becoming the first team to hit double digits in almost three years. Ive seen us move in the right direction, but in this game we werent as sharp.”. Injuries to Rawls and several others, plus Christine Michael's regression and eventual release, led to nine different tailbacks carrying the ball for Seattle last season.

A lot has happened since then, of course, and the 49ers find themselves as 14-point underdogs six years later heading into their Week 2 trip to Seattle, per Bovada.

Niners defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner are talented but young. Former All-Pro defensive end Elvis Dumervil gives the 49ers a situational pass rusher to contend with and NaVorro Bowman is fully healthy again at middle linebacker. In sticking with that thought, Seattle isn't making any changes with their starting group this week. I think our players do going against it in practice every day. "One thing from being a broadcaster, you get invited into people's buildings, and, like I've said, this wasn't like I'm sitting in there taking notes, stealing institutional knowledge", Lynch said upon becoming 49ers GM on January 30. "That's when this (Seahawks) defense will really get you".

Even players familiar to Seattle, like Reid, are being used in new capacities.

Griffin - one of four third-round picks by Seattle - was already involved as the third cornerback in Seattle's rotation. Such tactical choices and how head coach Kyle Shanahan evolves in his first year on the job could be the most fascinating aspects of this 49ers season as they start their long climb back.

"We are just working and competing every day", Cable told the Seattle Times.

He added: "It's just the ability to put plays together". He had been playing very consistent throughout the preseason and took it right to game time which is really a marvelous thing to see for the coaches.

"I'm the biggest critic of myself, " he said. "Once that chance came, I just took full advantage of it".

The defense held their own in the 49ers' 23-3 loss to the Panthers as they allowed 287 yards and forced a pair of turnovers.

Wilson has thrown 11 touchdown passes and only three interceptions in his home wins over the 49ers, who've been outscored 177-71 and never had closer than a 10-point loss since 2012.

“Im disappointed that we are talking about that today, ” Carroll said. Lacy played just seven snaps in his return to Green Bay last weekend-19 fewer than Carson, the team's seventh-round pick this spring. LB Terence Garvin did not practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury. But on Wednesday the Seahawks revealed that Wright is dealing with an ankle issue. Seattle was woefully ineffective on the ground in last week's opener against the Packers.

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