Wagner and Chancellor tackling machines

RENTON, Wash. -- Starting with the playoff run last season and continuing with the season opener last week, Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and strong safety Kam Chancellor have been tackling machines.

Wagner had 15 tackles in the 36-16 victory against the Green Bay Packers and Chancellor had 11, several of which were in his typical bone-jarring fashion. It continues a trend both men started in the playoffs last season.

Wagner had double-figure tackles in two of the three playoff games (and nine against New Orleans), including a team-high 15 tackles in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Chancellor also had double-figure tackles in the two of the playoff games (and nine in the Super Bowl), including a team-best 14 tackles against New Orleans.

So in the past four games, Wagner has 48 tackles, including two for losses. Chancellor has 45 tackles, including two interceptions.

The most impressive part of the season opener for both men is that they missed most of training camp with injuries and only played a few snaps in the preseason.

"Terrific," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said about their play Thursday night. "This was really the startup game for them. Kam missed a couple of tackles by trying to knock guys out. He went after some hits really aggressively, like he was dying to do. He hasn’t had that many shots in this preseason. He’ll tackle a little better, but he was all over the field. He had some significant plays and really sent the message of how we want to play and the style.

"Bobby did a great job [reaching] the sidelines. They had a couple of runs early in the game, but when their big guy [Eddie Lacy] rushes for [34] yards, that’s a nice job by Bobby. He’s right in the middle of everything. Again, he was one of the guys who didn’t have that many plays in the preseason, so it was great to see them that active."