Ever since the NFL schedule was released for the 2014-2015 season, fans were anticipating the opening matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the defending Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Some fans even expected the Seahawks to cool down from last year.
At halftime on Thursday nightit even seemed like we could be set to see the close finish and exciting game that everyone expected, but instead, we saw what everyone had feared: the Seattle Seahawks are still the best team in the NFL.
These are the three takeaways from Thursday night's game.
1) The Seattle Seahawks are the not the same team that ended the last season at the top of the league... They're better.
Russell Wilson has matured and his mistake-free play has him in the conversation among the league's elite.
Marshawn Lynch is as much of a beast as ever, and will likely continue to produce at a very high level. Percy Harvin has elevated this team single handedly, and provides a new dynamic offensively and in the return game.
And lastly, the defense is absolutely terrifying at every position, and Richard Sherman may not see a pass go in his direction this season (Just kidding..).
2) The Green Bay packers have some serious flaws.
Aaron Rodgers did not look like the elite MVP level quarterback that so many were expecting, but its hard to expect that against the leagues No. 1 defense in the league.
The Packers' real issues lie on defense and offensive line. Their inability to get the run game going effectively led to Rodgers being forced to pass, which led to an interception and three sacks. Defensively, the Packers looked out of place and scrambling on almost every play, which was sad to see for Green Bay fans who expected a better defensive showing out of their team this year.
3) It's only week one.
Green Bay fans, relax. This will probably be your hardest game of the season, so don't sweat the poor showing by your team. They can make adjustments and hopefully see the Seahawks again in the postseason.
Seattle fans do not care that it is only week one, because they still have plenty to brag about, but they do have a target on their backs as the defending Superbowl champs. There is plenty to learn and improve from this week's game, and you know that Pete Carroll will not let his team rest until they are hoisting the Lombardi trophy again.