GREEN BAY, Wisc.—The Seahawks fell to 2-1 in preseason Saturday with a 19-15 loss to the Packers.
Both teams' defenses led the way for much of the game, with Green Bay leading 12-7 after three quarters, then the teams traded late scores before Seattle's final comeback attempt came up short. On a day that the Seahawks rested all of their starters while the Packers played most of theirs into the second quarter, it was still a hard-fought, competitive effort for the Seahawks that helped highlight the team's depth, even if they fell short at the end.
Here are five rapid reactions to Saturday's loss at Lambeau Field:
1. The Seahawks offense rallied late to take the lead but couldn't quite finish with the win.
With none of the regular starters playing, it was tough sledding for Seattle's offense for much of the game. The Seahawks did get one first-half touchdown, a beautifully thrown pass from Drew Lock to Jake Bobo to cap a drive that was sparked by a long DeeJay Dallas run, but other than those big plays, there wasn't much going for Seattle's offense, which punted on its other seven possessions other than that touchdown.
Late in the game, however, the offense got on track, with Lock leading an 89-yard touchdown drive to give the Seahawks their first lead of the game. After Green Bay answered with a touchdown of their own, Holton Ahlers took over at quarterback and nearly led a game-winning drive, using his arms and legs to get the Seahawks as far as Green Bay's 12-yard line. Ahlers' final throw, however, was intercepted in the end zone, allowing the Packers to take a knee and secure the victory.
2. Artie Burns showed off his versatility and playmaking ability.
Artie Burns has quietly had a strong training camp in his second year with the Seahawks, and on Saturday the Seahawks showed a new wrinkle by using Burns at the nickel corner spot to start the game.
And the veteran cornerback looked good in that new role, coming up with a pass defense, a tackle for loss on a quirky play where cornerback Jordan Love caught a batted pass and tried to run with it, and most significantly, a run stuff on fourth down to give the Seahawks the ball.
With Devon Witherspoon still sidelined by injury and with Coby Bryant playing safety now as well as corner, Burns could be a good fit in the nickel role going forward.
3. Easop Winston Jr. helped his chances of making the team.
The Seahawks came into the game with several receivers vying for one of the final spots on the roster at that position, or to show they deserve a spot on the practice squad, and none helped themselves more than Easop Winston Jr., who after missing last week's game due to injury, led the team in receiving with 74 yards on three catches. On a day when both teams were struggling to get much going on offense, Winston provided a late spark, catching a 30-yard pass from Lock to kickstart a fourth-quarter drive. He added catches of 11 and 33 yards on that same drive, the last of which got the ball to the 2-yard line to set up a SaRodorick Thompson touchdown run that gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game.
Winston also had a 21-yard punt return to give the Seahawks good field position in the first half, showing he can contribute on special teams as well.
4. Jake Bobo just keeps making plays.
Rookie receiver Jake Bobo has been one of the best stories of this year's camp and preseason. An undrafted free agent who ran a 4.99-second 40-yard dash at UCLA's pro day, Bobo has been showing on a consistent basis that there is a lot more to the position than straight-line speed, and he did it again on Saturday, weaving through traffic to get open for an 18-yard touchdown reception.
Bobo, who came into the game as the team's leading receiver in the preseason, has gone from starting camp as an undrafted player fighting for a roster spot, to looking, a month later like someone who is going to have a significant role in the offense when the regular season starts, at least until Jaxon Smith-Njigba returns from his wrist injury.
5. Rookie safety Jerrick Reed II flashed some playmaking ability.
With so much depth in the secondary, it has been hard at times for sixth-round pick Jerrick Reed II to stand out during his first training camp. On Saturday, however, Reed showed off the playmaking ability that the Seahawks loved about him coming out of New Mexico.
In the third quarter alone, Reed had a pair of tackles for loss, one on a short pass and one on a quarterback keeper, as well as a pass breakup on a deep pass down the sideline, and he finished the game with six tackles.
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