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Rapid Reaction: Green Bay Packers

SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' 36-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Thursday:

What it means: It's not the Packers' loss by itself that was so troubling -- after all, they were playing the defending Super Bowl champs in front of a jacked-up opening night crowd -- but the fact that the Packers might have to go forth without right tackle Bryan Bulaga is perhaps the bigger issue. If Bulaga's left knee injury is another torn ACL, they have a serious issue that could ruin their season. They already lost their top backup tackle, Don Barclay, to a torn ACL in training camp. How many teams can survive the loss of two of their top three offensive tackles in the span of a month?

Stock Watch: Derek Sherrod sure does not look like a viable long-term option if Bugala's left knee injury is a long-term issue. On consecutive series in the third quarter, the former first-round draft pick gave up a sack to Cliff Avril on fourth-and-5 and then got smoked off the snap by Michael Bennett, who stripped Aaron Rodgers on first down at his own 10-yard line. Sherrod recovered the fumble in the end zone for a safety.

Hey look, a 4-3 defense: Defensive coordinator Dom Capers unveiled a 4-3 defensive alignment that featured Clay Matthews off the line of scrimmage. It's a package that Capers, who has traditionally run a 3-4, practiced extensively in the preseason but did not want anyone to see until the opener. The new look featured a front four of Julius Peppers and Mike Neal on the outside with defensive tackles Mike Daniels and Datone Jones. Matthews lined up next to inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones. It helped the Packers’ pass rush but did little to help their run defense. The Seahawks ran for 207 yards, including 110 by Marshawn Lynch (who had two rushing touchdowns).

Game ball: Well, at least the Packers didn't have any false starts. Not much else went right, but rookie center Corey Linsley wasn’t a problem in his first career start. Other than a miscommunication on one snap that caused the Packers to burn a timeout and prompted Rodgers to yell at him, Linsley didn’t cause the Packers any problems. The Packers have issues on their offensive line, but Linsley does not appear to be one of them.

What's next: The Thursday opener gives the Packers a mini bye to regroup before their home opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 14.