Russell Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy. Marshawn Lynch bullied his way to another 100-yard rushing performance.
And Richard Sherman? He was just bored.
The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks started 2014 the same way they finished last season, with a convincing blowout win.
Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks stymied Aaron Rodgers’ up-tempo offense in a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the regular season.
The Seahawks unveiled the first Super Bowl banner in franchise history during a brief pregame ceremony and then began the process of trying to be the first team in a decade to repeat.
Their effort against the Packers — a popular pick to contend in the NFC — will only reinforce the belief Seattle is still the favorite.
And this time, there was no worry about a “Fail Mary” deciding the outcome.
“We got a few more weapons on offense, a lot of guys are more experienced,” Harvin said. “The guys on defense, Kam (Chancellor) and Earl (Thomas), just have another year of experience.”
Wilson was outstanding in the first half, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Lockette. Harvin got touches as a receiver, running back and returner. He was used all over the field in different formations after never being fully healthy in his first season with Seattle.
Wilson finished 19 of 28 for 191 yards passing.
And Lynch was at his best. Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Lynch appeared in the best shape of his career, and it showed. Lynch averaged 5.5 yards per carry and topped 100 yards for the 20th time in the regular season since joining the Seahawks in 2010.
Lynch, who ran for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, barreled through a trio of Packers for the TD with 3:41 left before halftime to give the Seahawks a 17-10 lead and added a second TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Seattle had 207 yards rushing as a team and won for the 18th time in its last 20 regular season home games. Harvin finished with 11 offensive touches including four rushes for 41 yards.
“`Lord have mercy, we have Percy,’ that’s what I always say,” Wilson said. “He is a great player, plays so hard, pushes the other receivers and players and they have a great relationship.”
Rodgers finished 23 of 33 for 189 yards and was isolated to one side of the field. He looked almost exclusively for Jordy Nelson matched up against Byron Maxwell and never threw in Sherman’s direction. Nelson finished with nine receptions, but Maxwell came up with a third-quarter interception on a pass that deflected off Nelson’s hands.
The most action for 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.
But Seattle’s defense did its part. They sacked Rodgers three times, taking advantage of a knee injury suffered by right tackle Bryan Bulaga in the second quarter. His replacement Derek Sherrod, gave up a fourth-down sack to Cliff Avril to end one drive inside Seattle territory. Following a Seattle punt, Sherrod was beaten by Michael Bennett on Green Bay’s next offensive snap. Rodgers was stripped and Sherrod fell on the fumble in the end zone for a safety and a 22-10 lead.
Nine plays later Lynch walked in from the 3-yard line for a 29-10 Seahawks lead. Rodgers threw a 3-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb in the fourth quarter but Wilson closed out the victory with a 13-play drive that ate up 7 minutes and was capped by a 15-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman on fourth down with 2:31 left.
Eddie Lacy was mostly a non-factor with 34 yards rushing on 12 carries and left in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner tied a career high with 14 tackles.
“I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure,” he said.
“I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”
FOR ALL THE DJS ASKING FOR NO TAGS
by Jake Mayo
“Determination” isn’t just the name of Royce Rizzy’s new project, it describes his grind and career as a whole. The Oakland born, DMV raised, Atlanta rhymer has been perfecting his craft and steadily releasing good music for years. So much so that Rizzy caught the attention of industry icon Jermaine Dupri and signed to exemplary So So Def/RCA. Now with a major label backing, a star studied remix to “Gah Damn,” (Jermaine Dupri, K Camp, Twista, and Lil Scrappy) and a relentless work ethic, Royce Rizzy is ready to make a profound impact at A3C. We got on the phone with Rizzy on our Take 5 segment to talk about So So Def, what he’e learned from JD, and his biggest record to date.
A3C: Biggest record of your career so far?
RR: “It would have to be “Gah Damn.” Not just the remix, but the song as a whole.”
A3C: Most important thing you’ve learned from Jermaine Dupri?
RR: “Patience. He taught me it’s better to put it out the right way and at the perfect time.
A3C: Describe Royce Rizzy in 5 words or less.
RR: “Humble, determined, dedicated, observant, and fly.”
A3C: Signing w/ So So Def has “____”
RR: “It’s given me a bigger outlet. Now that the label is behind it I feel like people pay attention a little more.”
A3C: Your mission at A3C is “____.”
RR: ”Two years ago I just wanted to be a part of it and King Chip brought me out on stage. Last year I was on a stage but wanted to be on every stage. This year I just want to make an impact. I want people to be like “Yo, Rizzy really did some sh*t at A3C.”
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Joan Rivers — who made the world laugh for over 50 years with her jokes, put-downs and one-liners — has died in NYC … a week after her heart suddenly stopped beating during vocal cord surgery. She was 81.
Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers took her mom off life support so she could pass comfortably in a private room.
Rivers is widely credited for opening doors for countless female comediennes. She broke through in a big way during her appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.
She also famously enraged Carson by accepting a gig to host a competing late night show on FOX. Carson never spoke to her again.
She was universally adored by fellow comedians, including fellow legend Don Rickles, who once said about her … “Joan is not only a very intelligent lady, but extremely masterful at comedy timing. Sharing the stage with her has always been a joy for me.”
Joan’s credits could fill a book … including appearances in “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Saturday Night Live” … and on and on.