The Seattle Seahawks racked up a dominant 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers last night in the opening game of the 2014 NFL season.
And, as the scoreline might suggest, Pete Carroll's team picked up where they left off in last season's SuperBowl - an efficient, powerful offense combining with a ruthless defense whose reputation continues to grow.
Richard Sherman is of course one of the key men in the Seahawks' Legion of Boom but the cornerback was forced to take a back seat at CenturyLink Field Thursday evening as his teammates set about recording three sacks, one interception, and a safety.
In fact the former Stanford man was not targeted by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on a single occasion - his reputation clearly proceeding him.
Happy to play a role
But while you might think the outspoken Sherman may be unhappy with his lack of action in the Seahawks win, the player himself revealed he is content in the knowledge that he is still affecting the game simply by being one of the leading men against the pass in the NFL.
"I used to get p****ed off when I was younger," Sherman revealed to USA Today.
"But now I just stay disciplined, stay sound and assume just I'm making an impact somewhere."
With Seattle employing a rigid defense system that means players do not swap positions it meant Richard Sherman could be found lining up at left cornerback for the game's entirety. And with Rodgers - who threw for 189 yards and completed 23 of his 33 pass attempts - aiming solely for the center or right field in response, many may have forgiven Sherman for seeking out the ball at times.
But his discipline is something to be admired, and Sherman himself believes that forcing him across the field was exactly the Packers' plan all along.
"I think they wanted to see if I would travel and follow Jordy and all that. But we don't mess with the integrity of our defense.
"We do what works for us and we make them move around us and that's what we forced them to do tonight."
Seahawks stepping up
With Sherman effectively ruling the left side of the field a no fly zone it was right cornerback Byron Maxwell who was tested most by Rodgers passing precision. And with the 2011 draftee recording the only interception of the game it is fair to say the Packers could find no way through.
If the pattern set during the 2014 opener is anything to go by Maxwell will have plenty more opportunities for picks throughout the season. Richard Sherman meanwhile might just become the best corner in the NFL without touching a single ball such is the aura surrounding him at present:
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