2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Seahawks slog out 17-10 win over Packers

By GENARO C. ARMAS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-24 02:36

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Preseason football is as much about giving backups a chance to shine as it is getting ready for when the real games start.

The Seahawks and Packers accomplished the first task in their exhibition meeting Friday night won by Seattle 17-10.

As for whether they're ready for the regular season? That's yet to be determined, especially when the NFC heavyweights played a chippy game bogged down by mistakes and 22 penalties - including 14 for the Seahawks.

``What we didn't do so well was the penalties. We had so many third-and-longs, that's tough to be a really good football team,'' Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said. ``We can't do things to push us backwards.''

Thankfully for Wilson, two backups came up big. Christine Michael ran for 97 yards on 11 carries and Stephen Williams snatched the ball away from cornerback Loyce Means in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown catch and the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

What we learned from the Seahawks and Packers:

1. FINDING WAYS TO WIN: After steamrolling Denver and San Diego in its previous two games, Seattle's offense hit a speed bump at Lambeau Field. Wilson finished 11 of 17 for 126 yards but threw two interceptions, including a pass tipped by two defenders that landed in the opportunistic hands of Casey Hayward. Still, even in a game in which Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't play after the first quarter, the Seahawks can take comfort in the experience of slogging out a road win when they weren't playing at their best.

2. ANGRY DEFENSE: The Seahawks can rightfully brag about having one of the best defenses in the league after holding opponents to an NFL-best 15.7 points last year. But the Packers' defense has showed life this preseason, too, after giving up too many big plays last year. The first-string defense did give up chunks of yardage to Wilson on the opening series, but the unit held in the red zone, highlighted by a sack by linebacker Clay Matthews after he blew by 5-foot-10 running back Robert Turbin around the edge. The Packers finished with four sacks. ``Everybody's angry. You watch that game today, it had nothing to do with the Seahawks,'' Green Bay defensive end Mike Daniels said.

3. RUN, MICHAEL, RUN: Marshawn Lynch is a lock at running back for Seattle. But backup Michael looked good too in the second half. Granted, it was against a Packers defense that was mixed and matched with backups, but nonetheless it was another statement game for Michael, a rookie out of Texas A&M. He ran for 89 yards on 16 carries two weeks ago against San Diego.

4. YOUNG QB: Speaking of players vying for playing time, quarterback Vince Young made his best pitch yet of the preseason to back up Aaron Rodgers, guiding Green Bay to its only touchdown of the night on a 1-yard pass to backup fullback Jonathan Amosa. Young finished 6 of 7 for 41 yards and ran for 39 yards on three carries. Young was signed about a week into camp, so he got a late start on terminology. ``I think he's improving. This is a wordy system and a difficult system to pick up,'' Rodgers said. ``But he's been picking it up and showing improvements.''

5. NO HARD FEELINGS: For the most part, anyway, toward Seahawks receiver Golden Tate at Lambeau. It was the first meeting between the two teams since their regular-season game last year ended with Tate's disputed touchdown catch that was held up on review by replacement referees. Tate said a few fans perhaps held a grudge ``and want to be drunk and flick you off.'' Otherwise, the receiver commended Green Bay fans ``because I feel like it's a year later and they've moved on for the most part.'' Tate, who finished with one reception for 4 yards, was booed when his name was announced as the punt returner.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Aldon SmithApr 17 09:32p

The San Francisco 49ers do not plan on releasing LB Aldon Smith this offseason. Smith is expected to be suspended at the beginning of the season, but the length [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 17 08:52p

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he expects to receive medical clearance to resume football activities in the near future. He underwent knee surgery in January but [ More ]

Sebastian VollmerApr 17 08:42p

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins said OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) has looked good this offseason while he recovers from the broken leg he suffered during the 2013 season.

Chris SneeApr 17 07:32p

New York Giants OG Chris Snee (hip, elbow) is expected to participate when offseason workouts begin next week even though he is not 100 percent.

Rolando McClainApr 17 06:02p

The Baltimore Ravens reinstated LB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list Thursday, April 17.

Russell AllenApr 17 05:02p

The Jacksonville Jaguars released LB Russell Allen, WR Jabin Sambrano and DEs Will Pericak and D'Aundre Reed Thursday, April 17.

Chad JohnsonApr 17 02:22p

Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Thursday, April 17.

Brian CushingApr 17 01:32p

Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) was medically cleared Thursday, April 17.

LaMichael JamesApr 17 10:04a

According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on [ More ]

Mike BrownApr 16 11:33p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Brown signed his exclusive-rights free agent deal Wednesday, April 16.

Eli ManningApr 16 11:33p

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said in a radio interview this week that it is 'ludicrous' to say QB Eli Manning is declining. 'There's been no [ More ]

Sidney RiceApr 16 08:03p

The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing WR Sidney Rice to an undisclosed one-year deal Wednesday, April 16, according to sources.

Dwayne BoweApr 16 07:03p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 16, after being arrested last November for marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of littering and defective [ More ]

Arian FosterApr 16 04:53p

The Houston Texans may consider selecting a running back during the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft that could become RB Arian Foster's backup in the future.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 04:43p

The New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.

Terrelle PryorApr 16 04:33p

The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.

Clay MatthewsApr 16 04:13p

Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb) said he likely will be limited during offseason workouts because of his surgically repaired thumb.

Chris JohnsonApr 16 03:53p

The New York Jets will use RBs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as a tandem this upcoming season and have them split carries. RB Bilal Powell will be the team's No. 3 running back.

Dan SkutaApr 16 03:33p

San Francisco 49ers LB Dan Skuta (foot) is not expected to need surgery on the foot injury that bothered him during the 2013 season. Skuta met with a foot [ More ]

Gus BradleyApr 16 02:53p

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley watched Georgia QB Aaron Murray participate in his pro day Wednesday, April 16.

Reggie BushApr 16 02:13p

Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season. Bush [ More ]

Cheta OzougwuApr 16 01:53p

The Chicago Bears have waived DE Cheta Ozougwu.

Mike JamesApr 16 12:53p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been [ More ]

Carson PalmerApr 16 12:43p

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he would understand if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he knows the team has to think about [ More ]

Josh FreemanApr 16 12:23p

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:13p

Updating previous reports, retired LB Rolando McClain failed his conditioning tests during his workout with the Baltimore Ravens. The test consisted of six timed 150-yard runs.

Golden TateApr 16 10:53a

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he thinks he can be a 'more explosive Lance Moore,' referring to the former New Orleans Saints receiver. Moore caught 65 passes for [ More ]

Matt FlynnApr 16 10:01a

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on [ More ]

Rolando McClainApr 16 12:03a

Retired LB Rolando McClain (Ravens) worked out for the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday, April 15, as he attempts a comeback. The workout wasn't a smooth one in terms of conditioning, [ More ]

Chris JohnsonApr 16 12:03a

The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market [ More ]

Aldon SmithApr 16 12:03a

San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt with the team, but he probably won't play with the team in 2014, according to [ More ]

Malcom FloydApr 15 11:53p

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) continues his rehab from a neck injury, but his status is still uncertain. When the team begins voluntary workouts April 22, Floyd [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group