The Seattle Seahawks won the NFL's regular-season opener before it started. At least mentally they did.
The Green Bay Packers came in intimidated. How do we know? They made a decision, sometime since the NFL's schedule let them know they'd be traveling to Seattle for the first game, to play offense with just half of the field.
Not once did Aaron Rodgers – former NFL MVP, the NFL's all-time leader in passer rating and someone who generally isn't afraid of anything – test cornerback Richard Sherman. He never threw Sherman's way. The Packers lined up Jarrett Boykin on the right all game and threw to their left, away from Sherman, who stays at left cornerback. Before the game kicked off, the Packers decided that they'd try to win using half of the field against a defense that races to the ball like they have 22 men on the field at all times.
— Frank Schwab