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September 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks opener: What national media are saying about victory

The national media was out in force for the NFL opener between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers on Thursday. Here’s what they are saying about the Seahawks’ impressive 36-16 victory. We’ll be updating this later Friday.

PETER KING, SI.COM

Let’s try to find some fault, any fault, with Seattle’s 36-16 dismantling of the Packers on Thursday night in the opening game of the NFL’s 95th season. Found one! The punt-returner doesn’t call for fair catches enough.

In their last two games, the Seahawks have played two of the best quarterbacks in the modern game, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, and outscored them by 55 points. Against Manning in the Super Bowl, it was a brutal defensive beatdown. On Coronation Night at CenturyLink Field, it was … well, so many things. Mostly imagination and offensive depth.

DOUG FARRAR, SI.COM

The Seahawks are certainly not suffering from any Super Bowl hangover, and they’ve served notice to the rest of the NFL that as long as they stay reasonably healthy, the road to the next NFL championship goes through the Emerald City and nowhere else.

CHRIS WESSELING, NFL.COM

If he stays healthy, Harvin is going to lead all NFL wide receivers in touches this season. He racked up 160 all-purpose yards on seven receptions, four rushes and three kickoff returns. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell utilized Harvin creatively as a backfield sidecar, finding success on jet sweeps and bubble screens. The threat of Harvin is going to drive defensive coordinators bonkers while opening wide lanes for Lynch.

TERRY BLOUNT, ESPN.COM

You can put to rest any talk about the Seahawks becoming complacent after their Super Bowl victory. They looked like a team determined to put up another championship banner this season, outplaying the Packers in every phase of the game. Seattle lost 10 players – with 58 years of experience – off last season’s team. They were not missed. This team looks just as deep as it was one year ago, and might be even better with do-everything receiver Percy Harvin on the field and healthy.

TOM PELISSERO, USA TODAY

Richard Sherman thinks the Green Bay Packers were trying to bait him into abandoning his assignments, but the Seattle Seahawks’ all-pro cornerback didn’t bite.

Sherman just kept covering Jarrett Boykin while everyone else on the field played a 10-on-10 passing game and the Seahawks pulled away for a 36-16 win in Thursday’s season opener.

SAM FARMER, LOS ANGELES TIMES

This time, no Hail Mary was required.

Seven months after winning their first Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks picked up where they left off with a 36-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFL’s Kickoff Opener at CenturyLink Field.

DARIN GANTT, PRO FOOTBALL TALK

If (Aaron) Rodgers really wanted to bark at someone, he might have chosen the folks who put together the game plan. He was throwing almost nothing but dump-offs (18 passes for 86 yards in the first half) when the game was competitive, and the circus that was a fourth-down attempt in the second half will be dissected for days.

KEN BELSON, NEW YORK TIMES

Fans cannot seem to get enough of the Seahawks. Jones Soda Company, whose head office is across the street from the stadium, introduced green and blue sodas with a label with the number 12 on it, a homage to Seahawks fans.

“We’re scrambling to keep up with demand,” said Eric Chastain, the company’s vice president for operations.

If the Seahawks continue to play the way they did against the Packers, demand will only grow.

BOB MCGINN, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

It was a high-stakes game for quarterbacks, especially with the NFL’s most dominating defense across the line. It’s the way that the NFL game is set up in 2014. The play of the quarterbacks decides games.

Only the poised (Russell) Wilson responded.

TOM SILVERSTEIN, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

Marshawn Lynch was a power washer and the Green Bay defense was a sidewalk.

That’s how thoroughly the Seattle Seahawks running back blew away everything the Packers brought with them after six weeks of planning for their season opener Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.

WESTON HODKIEWICZ, (GREEN BAY) GAZETTE-PRESS MEDIA

The gap between the Green Bay Packers and the NFC’s elite never was more apparent than Thursday night’s regular-season opener.

The Seattle Seahawks looked like a team ready to defend its Super Bowl distinction in dominating the trenches on both sides of the ball. This time, Aaron Rodgers couldn’t bail his defense out in a 36-16 thrashing in front of 68,242 at CenturyLink Field.

TIM BOOTH, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The most action for (Richard) Sherman came in the first half when he accidently blocked Davon House into Earl Thomas on a punt return causing a fumble recovered by the Packers.

MICHELLE BRUTON, BLEACHER REPORT

One thing was clear in the Seattle Seahawks‘ 36-16 rout of the Green Bay Packers Thursday night: Not many teams could have walked into CenturyLink Field, against the defending Super Bowl champs, and walked out with a win. Seattle’s defense was as stout as ever and the offense, with Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin, was versatile.

BY RYAN VAN BIBBER, SB NATION

I can’t believe Seattle invested about a $104 million in a pair of guys for their punt return team. No wait, that’s safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman, two of the best defensive backs in the NFL today and a big part of why Seattle is so good in the first place … because of their play on defense, not on special teams. Even Al Michaels’ robust new toupee knows that using these two on the special teams unit is, at best, a questionable decision.

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