We've reached the midway point of the first game of the 2014 NFL season. The Seahawks are currently leading Packers by a score of 17-10. Here's a brief look at the good, bad, and the ugly from the first half.
Good: Corey Linsley. Whatever prayers Bruce Irvin sent for the rookie Linsley, they must have really worked. Linsley has performed well so far physically against Brandon Mebane. He did have a big miscue near the end of the half after not snapping the ball on time to Aaron Rodgers and costing the Packers their final timeout. He received an earful from Rodgers right after, but that didn't outweigh his strong play.
Bad: Special teams. The opening kick-off probably shouldn't have been brought out by DuJuan Harris who was sitting roughly 6 yards deep in the end zone. Harris returned the kick to just the 13. On Seattle's first drive that resulted in a punt after a dropped Brad Jones interception, defensive lineman Mike Daniels ran into punter Jon Ryan to give the Seahawks a new set of downs. Later in that same drive, Seattle decided to settle for a field goal, and just before the start of the play, Mike McCarthy used his first timeout after having too many men on the field.
Ugly: Tight end Richard Rodgers and tackle Bryan Bulaga both suffered injuries on the same play in the second quarter. Bulaga according to NBC's broadcast had the knee brace of his torn ACL taken off on the sidelines. The Packers later listed his return as questionable, while the same ruling went for Rodgers (neck).
We'll have a recap of the game right when it concludes. Stay with us here on APC for that, and other post-game reaction/analysis.