From: If you're not into the whole brevity thing ...
Packers were wholly and entirely outclassed last night.
Aaron Rodgers was not the best QB on the field.
They didn't throw to Richard Sherman's side of the field at all. That sounds like they are playing scared. If you don't test him, he can't beat you to be sure, but you can't beat him either.
Seattle is a very good football team and most picked the Packers to lose, but most didn't think they would get manhandled by them.
Packers should still vie for the division title, but they aren't all that like many predicted.
They'll vie for it, but I have some serious concerns about them.
-Injuries. This is a skipping record. That injury to Bulaga could very well snowball into another injury for Rodgers.
-Depth at Receivers. Nelson and Cobb are both playing one rung higher on the depth chart than they ought to, and after that, they have nothing. And TE is super weak for them as well.
-Secondary. Clinton-Dix had good position a few times, but his tackling was bad. Morgan Burnett was the only other player to make any plays.
-Defensive Scheme. Simply put, the Packers don't have the horses to run a 3-4. Matthews is good at OLB, but he's the only good LB they have. And without Raji, they have nothing that resembles a nose tackle. Letroy Guion? Good luck with that!
On that last point, it did look like Capers recognized the issue. In the first half, they were playing 3-4 and getting no pressure. In the second half, they started playing Peppers on the line instead of LB, and they started getting some pressure. Unfortunately for them, that didn't help their run game at all. The LBs outside of Matthews were completely lost, and Guion is still no run stopper. Honestly, this is a huge failing on the part of Ted Thompson. They're missing key players for both schemes, something TT should have addressed in the offseason.
All that said, this was the worst possible scenario for them: against the defending champ on the road in the hardest stadium to play in. But I'm starting to think this could be the year that their injuries and lack of activity in free agency finally catch up to them.
The Dude Abides