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O-line woes bedevil Seahawks

(TSX / STATS) -- RENTON, Wash. -- If Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers was any indication, the offensive line will continue to be a major problem for the Seattle Seahawks.

Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked three times and pressured frequently as he was given little time to work the passing game.

Additionally, running lanes were few and far between for Chris Carson, Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise. Of Seattle's 90 rushing yards, 59 of them came on a 29-yard scramble by Wilson and a 30-yard run from Carson.

Seattle averaged only 1.9 yards per carry on their remaining 16 rushes in the game.

"Disappointed that after all the time we've been working to go to our first game, we didn't play as clean as we wanted to," head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday.

"I don't think this is a statement of anything other than we didn't play well enough in the first game."

Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels caused many of Seattle's issues. He mauled through guards Mark Glowinski and Luke Joeckel for sacks of Wilson, the second of which forced a fumble that Green Bay recovered at the Seahawks' 6-yard line. Ty Montgomery would score on the ensuing snap to give the Packers a 7-3 lead.

Daniels finished with 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits on Wilson.

"He played a heck of a football game and he gave us some problems. We didn't deal with him as well as we thought we would," Carroll said.

"At times, (he) got off the ball pretty good and made us all look pretty bad at times."

Given that Seattle had been pretty encouraged with their unit throughout the preseason, Sunday's showing was an unwelcome step backward.

"I'm disappointed in that," Carroll said. "I'm disappointed that we're talking about that today. I thought we were moving in the right direction. I've seen us move in the right direction, but this game we weren't as sharp."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Seahawks were forced to play a high-powered Packers offense for 54 minutes of Sunday's meeting without starting cornerback Jeremy Lane.

Lane was ejected after allegedly throwing a punch at Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. Seahawks defensive tackle Nazair Jones intercepted Aaron Rodgers' pass and returned the ball for a would-be touchdown only to have penalties against Lane and Cliff Avril negate the score.

Lane was dragged to the ground by Adams behind the play and Lane appeared to respond by shoving his forearm into Adams' face on the ground.

Replays did not show a punch being thrown. Adams throwing Lane to the ground by his helmet was not flagged.

"I didn't see the punch at all," Carroll said after the game. "I'm disappointed that the play would have such magnitude on the game.

"It's just such a drastic thing to do that I wish they would have had cooperation from more than one official and just talk about it, and figure it out because it's such a big call. I'm not even talking about bringing the touchdown back. I'm talking about ejecting the guy. But that's what they saw, one guy saw it and that's what they went with and I'm anxious to hear how the league talks and tells us how that went (and) what should happen there."

Lane's ejection forced rookie Shaquill Griffin to take over full time with Justin Coleman - acquired in a trade last weekend with the New England Patriots - to handle nickel duties.

Griffin and Coleman played well in their adjusted roles, but Seattle had prepared all week with certain personnel in mind.

"It puts a lot of strain on us," Carroll said. "We anticipated playing with that group of guys and it made Shaq have to jump out there in all situations."

Carroll said he reached out to the league about the sequence to get clarity on what happened and what the officials called in that circumstance.

"We have talked to the league," Carroll said. "I agree with the way the guys on television saw it."

Carroll was referencing the comments of announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, as well as rules analysts Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino on the FOX broadcast saying they thought both the block in the back call against Avril and the ejection of Lane didn't square with what they saw on the play.

--In his first regular-season game since suffering a broken leg last December, safety Earl Thomas looked every bit like his former self.

Thomas finished the game with a team-high 11 tackles, had a pass defended, intercepted a pass that was overturned by a penalty and was a dominant force in flying toward the line of scrimmage to make tackles.

"He was really good yesterday," coach Pete Carroll said. "He was good attacking the line of scrimmage. He made two or three open-field shot tackles for no gains. He was there on the deep ball a couple times, had a pick on the one play that was called back. He ranged well, had a great hit on the running back coming up the middle. He just played a terrific game."

Thomas broke his leg against the Carolina Panthers last season and briefly contemplated retirement in the immediate aftermath of the injury. But Thomas put those thoughts aside after some time to absorb the shock of the injury. He was able to participate from the start of training camp and quickly returned to the form he'd shown in the past.

"That's what we've been seeing Earl do in this preseason," Carroll said. "It's no surprise he was able to carry it over to game time. He was on fire. I thought he played great. It makes a big difference to us. He's a guy that can separate from the rest and he did that yesterday."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Thomas Rawls did not play against the Packers as he returns from a high-ankle sprain, but is expected to be back for Sunday's home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

--LB Michael Wilhoite did not play against the Packers as he returns from a calf strain. He has a chance to return this week against the San Francisco 49ers.

Updated September 11, 2017

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