Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks defense sharper, if stats, score don’t show it

Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers tussle during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Wright ended up being ejected from the game.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright and Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers tussle during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Wright ended up being ejected from the game. Seattle Times

For the Seattle Seahawks, the statistics against the Green Bay Packers added up to a second loss in two games to start the season.

But unlike the 34-31 overtime defeat at St. Louis a week ago, the defensive play on the field Sunday night, in a 27-17 defeat to the Packers, seemed sharper, with better tackling, and the assignments more correct.

Seattle linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, who missed tackles they would normally make and seemed slow to fill gaps in St. Louis, looked like a return to form against Green Bay.

Wagner finished with 12 tackles and a pass defended, while Wright had nine tackles, and forced and recovered a fumble.

This week, DeShawn Shead started at safety in place of Dion Bailey, who stumbled in coverage on a key late touchdown pass by the Rams. Shead looked sharp, with eight tackles, as did nickel cornerback Marcus Burley, who added seven tackles.

The juggled secondary had a major challenge facing four-time Pro Bowler Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers has thrown 43 touchdowns since his last interception at Lambeau Field. He threw for two touchdowns Sunday against the Seahawks.

St. Louis had managed to find large holes in the Seattle zones, and Rodgers did, too, at times.

In the past three losses against Seattle since 2012, Rodgers never compiled a passer rating above 81.5. Sunday night, he was more typically brilliant, completing 25 of 33 for 249 yards and two touchdowns for a rating of 116.9.

The Seahawks defense had led the league in the points-against statistic the past three seasons.

After two weeks, they’ve given up 61 points, roughly double their average last season.

Michael Bennett once again had a sack, but also, once again, had two offsides calls.

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