Apparently, Michael Bennett is tired of “Discount Double-Checks.”
Or at least the guy who says that on television all the time.
It sure looked that way when the Seahawks’ defensive end zoomed past Green Bay injury fill-in right tackle Derek Sherrod with a two-hand slap in the third quarter Thursday night. Bennett then tossed down Aaron Rodgers, forcing a fumble into the Packers’ end zone that resulted in a safety during Seattle’s game-breaking run of points that led to a 36-16 victory in the NFL opener.
It sounded like Bennett has had enough of Rodgers after the game, too.
“I wanted to get to Aaron Rodgers so bad. He’s one of those guys who talks so much you just want to get to him,” Bennett said.
“We kept Aaron Rodgers to his probably worst quarterback rating, one touchdown, 180-some yards. He’s used to throwing for 400.”
Bennett wasn’t too impressed with Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy, either. One of the keys to Thursday was Green Bay keeping the Seahawks off-balance with runs by their 230-pound, second-year back. Those runs went nowhere.
“Lacy?” Bennett said, his voice rising. “Obviously he didn’t run on us. He had 12 carries for 40 yards.
“I mean, I could do that.”
And he was overstating the night for last season’s 1,178-yard rusher as a rookie by 2 yards.
As quarterback Russell Wilson said of the Seahawks holding Green Bay to 255 total yards: “Defensively, we were lights out.”
At halftime, the Seahawks honored their newest Hall of Famer, offensive tackle Walter Jones.
On hand for the ceremony were other Seattle Hall of Famers receiver Steve Largent and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.
“Tonight we celebrate the excellence of the great Walter Jones,” said Hall of Fame president David Baker, who also called Jones “one of the greatest ever to play the game.”
Rookie Justin Britt started at right tackle Thursday, and enjoyed his first NFL experience. He helped keep his quarterback upright for most of the game; the Seahawks surrendered just one sack to the Packers.
“It was fun,” he said. “I enjoyed going out there hitting people. It was a good start to something good.”
Britt was the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice, the 64th pick overall, from Missouri.
The Seahawks used All-Pro S Earl Thomas on two of their three punt returns, with WR Bryan Walters fair-catching the other one. Thomas fumbled a punt when fellow All-Pro Richard Sherman blocked a Packer into him immediately after he caught the ball. “He should have fair-caught that one,” Carroll said. Thomas acknowledged that, but added: “That’s how I play. I’m aggressive.” …
Carroll said the only known injury was nickel back Jeremy Lane re-injuring his groin. … None of the Seahawks’ inactives were surprises: CB Tharold Simon (imminent knee surgery), RB Christine Michael (hamstring), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring), WR Kevin Norwood (ankle), TE Cooper Helfet (knee), WR Phil Bates (last of eight WRs on the roster), DE Greg Scruggs (last of eight DL on roster).