Thanks, Kam Chancellor.
The Seattle Seahawks safety has been holding out this season in the hopes of getting a new contract, and he has missed all of training camp, the preseason, and the first two weeks of the NFL season. In week two, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Seahawks 27-17, thanks in substantial part to James Starks' running and to the Packer receivers' abilities to pick up yards after the catch. Both of those areas are ways in which one would expect a fully-prepared Chancellor to have helped the Seattle defense.
A report out this morning, however, says that Chancellor is returning on Wednesday to rejoin the team:
Seahawks' safety Kam Chancellor is planning to return to Seattle today, per @Stephenasmith and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2015
Packers fans are probably inclined to breathe sighs of relief at Chancellor's return coming just after the Packers' win. As far as Chancellor's coverage abilities go, that is probably warranted - the Packers targeted his replacement, Deshawn Shead, five times on Sunday, completing all five passes for 60 yards (according to Pro Football Focus). Chancellor, by comparison, allowed five completions on nine attempts for just 22 yards in the two games between these two teams in 2014.
However, the run game might actually be a different story. In the 2014 contests, Chancellor earned a net grade of -4.9 in run support from PFF (split up as -1.8 in week one and -3.1 in the NFC Championship), and he was credited with three missed tackles in the two games. Shead, on the other hand, was graded at a +0.3 for his performance on Sunday, and did not miss a tackle. For whatever reason, the Packers are one of the few teams that have been able to successfully combat Chancellor's contributions in the running game.
In any case, Chancellor's absence was hardly the deciding factor in the game, but it likely helped Aaron Rodgers and the Packers passing attack, as they were able to target his replacement. Seattle will be counting on him to provide a spark to their defense as they attempt to climb out of the 0-2 hole they have dug for themselves over the first two games of the season.