Aaron Rodgers was under siege at times but, other than a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson on a free play, he patiently took what was given to him. Ty Montgomery's north-south running was effective. Facing Seattle's elite front, Kyle Murphy struggled early but settled in nicely as Bryan Bulaga's replacement.
End Mike Daniels was the best player on the field Sunday, period. His strip-sack of Russell Wilson inside the 10 was the play of the game. The pass-rush unit of Daniels, Nick Perry, Clay Matthews and Ahmad Brooks looks promising. The rejuvenated secondary succeeding in keeping Seattle out of the end zone.
Special teams: C
Trevor Davis' decision-making was shaky on punt returns, especially the fair catch at the 5. Matched up against one of the NFL's best punters in Jon Ryan, Justin Vogel held up well in his first game. Seattle's Tyler Lockett returned the opening kickoff 43 yards. That's no way to start a football game.
With the line struggling to protect Rodgers, Mike McCarthy went mostly to runs and short passes. It may have been done out of necessity, but it worked. It seems to backfire on McCarthy whenever he uses timeouts late in the first half trying to get the ball back. It cost Green Bay three points this time.
It's not often the McCarthy-Rodgers Packers win a game with defense, but this was one of those times. Limiting Seattle to three field goals was an outstanding achievement given where the defense left off at the end of last season. This victory will be important for playoff positioning late in the season.