Kuhn still picked up 3. He had a booming lead block on Chancellor, too, as the Packers prevented the intimidator from causing much harm.
DEFENSIVE LINE (3)
What in heaven’s name was Mike Daniels’ thinking on Wilson’s first interception? He wasn’t even in the game on his taunting penalty that might have been the difference between 7 points and 3. Daniels took it upon himself to run 30 yards down the sideline to harass RG J.R. Sweezy, who made a clean tackle. True, Sweezy is a cutthroat competitor, but there is no excuse for such selfish behavior. Awful in Week 1, Daniels (50 of 70 snaps) was better against massive LG James Carpenter. He held his ground adequately, disengaged several times to collaborate on dragging down Lynch and set up one of Morgan Burnett’s two sacks by beating a double team. The Packers played 13 snaps of 3-4, and for the first time in several months the starter at LE was Datone Jones (31) rather than Josh Boyd (17). Jones had two of the 17 missed tackles by the defense, the same number as in the opener. However, he held the point respectably and did play hard. Boyd made back-to-back big plays to halt a second-quarter drive but wasn’t as stout in the second half. NT Letroy Guion (36) appeared to have problems with the Seahawks’ run game, which is a thorny blend of misdirection and power. He looked indecisive, started standing up and got displaced too much.
LINEBACKERS (2 ½)
Julius Peppers knocked backup RT Alvin Bailey off balance for an easy early sack. He also knocked Sweezy on his back side for a knockdown and set up Burnett’s other sack by KO’ing Sweezy, who was gimpy. Of Peppers’ 56 snaps, 13 came as a defensive lineman when he moved to find the best matchup. In all, he had five of the Packers’ 16 pressures. His split-second decision to put the stop sign on Burnett 4 yards into his interception return was rash and wrong. Nick Perry (40) looked stiff and slow in space and was just OK as a rusher; he also was hard to block in the run game. Mike Neal (27 at LB, 11 at DL), Clay Matthews (29 at ILB, 24 at OLB), Sam Barrington (career-high 69) and Perry each missed two tackles as the LBs had 10 misses total. Matthews was up and down. His only pressure came on a risky inside pressure against LT Russell Okung when he not only flushed Wilson but had the burst to hunt him down for minus-15. He also was guilty of a gratuitous penalty against Wilson, but at least he went after people. Neal played fast. Named to replace Brad Jones as the dime LB at week’s start, Barrington kept striking Lynch at the knees or below and getting him down. Lynch has caught just one long wheel route all season. Barrington went over the top to break up the first but then improperly went underneath a pick and paid the price on the 26-yard reception. Most of A.J. Hawk’s 17 snaps came when Matthews became exhausted late and had to leave. Because Hawk worked to the A rather than the B gap, Lynch had an easy 24-yard TD through the B gap. Of course, when Hawk was in the right gap, it didn’t make any difference when he dived and missed on an 11-yard carry by Lynch.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (69) closed with two interceptions, including a onehanded snag of Wilson’s heave off deep-bootleg action. He also pulled the trigger twice and brought Lynch down with sharp open-field tackles. However, he dropped a third interception right in his hands and then played patty-cake instead of breaking up the 2-point pass that hung for 2.8 seconds. The decision by Burnett (70) to go down with blockers and open field ahead will be talked about for a long time. Lynch had a 14-yard run because of Burnett’s incorrect run fit. Micah Hyde (57) was solid. Dime back Casey Hayward (25) was burned late by Doug Baldwin twice for 55 yards. Probably the top CB was Sam Shields (65), who saw the take-off coming by Jermaine Kearse and positioned himself for the pick. Tramon Williams also covered well, setting up Clinton-Dix for one pick and blanketing Kearse on the deep route for the other. On Kearse’s winning TD, it’s difficult to fault Williams for anything in thankless Cover 0 except not making the play.
Mason Crosby was the man. That 48-yarder through gusting wind to tie with 14 seconds left was stunning. He added another from 48 and boots from 40, 20 and 18. His seven kickoffs averaged 72.1 yards and 3.91 hang time. Tim Masthay’s five-punt averages were 39.4 (gross), 35.2 (net) and 3.68.
SPECIAL TEAMS (1½)
On his flubbed onside recovery, Brandon Bostick left his feet but didn’t extend his arms. Nelson was right there, too, just waiting to catch it. Hawk was stationed behind the FG block front for his experience, not his athleticism. His mistake — running up on fourth and 10 when the punter couldn’t hurt the Packers instead of staying back on the man who could — probably was as egregious as Bostick’s. Brad Jones beat the block of FS DeShawn Shead to strip Baldwin on a kickoff (Burnett recovered). Hyde returned a punt 29 after being fortunate to recover his fumble of a fair catch. Jarrett Bush sizzled in coverage.