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Packers Crush Seahawks

Brett Favre's frustration with his first-team offense faded quickly Saturday night, with the Green Bay Packers scoring early and often in a 48-13 preseason romp over the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks weren't exactly poised to up much of a fight, as cautious coach Mike Holmgren sat quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and both of his starting offensive tackles. But Favre's first unit did get some friendly competition from the Packers' defense, which scored two touchdowns.

It was the most prolific preseason scoring output since the days of leather helmets for the Packers, who beat the Cedar Rapids Crush 75-0 in 1938.

Favre directed the Packers to 17 points in their first four drives, after declaring earlier this week that their dismal showing in its preseason debut at Pittsburgh -- they failed to gain a single first down with Favre under center -- left him as frustrated as he had ever been after a preseason game.

"I think we executed better," Favre said, in comments issued through the Packers' public relations department after halftime. "Last week, we didn't execute very well. Guys made some plays."

Favre showed increased comfort with two rookie teammates, handing off to running back Brandon Jackson for a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and connecting with receiver James Jones for a 16-yard touchdown pass to begin the second quarter. Jones also caught a touchdown pass from backup Aaron Rodgers later in the quarter.

Meanwhile, backup Seneca Wallace struggled in Hasselbeck's place. Without starting tackles Walter Jones and Sean Locklear, Wallace spent most of the first half on the run. Jones is coming off right shoulder surgery and Locklear has a sore right knee.

With the Seahawks facing third-and-3 at the Packers 30 in the second quarter, Packers defensive end Kabeer-Gbaja Biamila sacked Wallace and forced a fumble, allowing Packers linebacker Nick Barnett to recover and run for a 62-yard touchdown. With the extra point, the Packers led 24-3.

The Packers scored another defensive touchdown late in the second quarter when safety Atari Bigby pounced on Wallace and forced a fumble, allowing linebacker Tracy White to pick up the ball and run 34 yards for a touchdown.

Wallace was able to show off his scrambling ability early in the first quarter, eluding the Packers' pass rush to throw across his body and connect with wide receiver Nate Burleson, who broke a tackle from Packers safety Nick Collins and ran 55 yards to set up a field goal.

Wallace was replaced late in the second quarter by third-stringer David Greene -- who threw three interceptions, including two to Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush.

Hasselbeck, who played only one series in the Seahawks' preseason opener against San Diego last week, had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January. Holmgren said earlier this week that he wants to protect Hasselbeck from taking a hit that could aggravate the injury.

Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander played less than a quarter, carrying only three times for three yards. Backup Maurice Morris gained 31 yards on six carries, including a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Favre was 7-for-12 for 74 yards and a touchdown. Jackson, a second-round pick from Nebraska who started in place of injured back Vernand Morency, gained 54 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

Jones, a third-round pick out of San Jose State who is solidifying his spot as the Packers' No. 3 receiver, caught four passes for 58 yards.

Rodgers, whose development has been one of the most encouraging stories of Packers camp, was 10-for-16 for 97 yards and two touchdowns but fumbled twice.


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