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
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by defensive end O'Brien Schofield #93 of the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on September 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers stretches unsuccessfully for the end zone as cornerback Byron Maxwell #41 of the Seattle Seahawks tries to tackle him during the first quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on September 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)