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GREEN BAY, Wisc. — For all the high expectations that are swirling around the Green Bay Packers’ offense this season, the biggest question in their championship hopes was answered in their first game. The Packers learned that their defense actually can frustrate and flabbergast a quality opponent when it’s desperately needed. That’s exactly what that unit did in Sunday’s 17-9 win over Seattle. It’s also what that defense will have to do if Green Bay is going to be everything they hope to become.

This wasn’t the same defense that struggled to stop opponents in 2016. It definitely wasn’t the unit that surrendered 44 points to the Atlanta Falcons in last year’s NFC Championship Game. This group had more confidence, more swagger and a deeper faith in how they might affect the outcome. As Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, “The key to the game was our defense. If they play like that (for the rest of the season), we’ll be tough to beat.”

It’s important to note here that Rodgers made this point as soon as he opened his post-game news conference. He had thrown for 311 yards and his 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson — which came in the third quarter — proved to be the deciding points of the game. It would’ve been easy for Rodgers to celebrate the way the offense kept grinding against a Seattle defense that gave the Packers plenty of fits of their own. Instead, he went right to the most important topic of the day.

These Packers aren’t going to have as hard a time scoring points as they did on Sunday. What’s more critical is that they keep finding ways to shut opponents down. There’s been plenty of complaining in this town about the lack of weapons Rodgers has enjoyed in recent years. That frustration also has resulted from the lack of defensive help he’s received lately.

Last year the Packers ranked 21st in the NFL in points allowed per game (24.3). You’d also have to go back seven years to find a Green Bay team that actually finished in the top 10 in that category. There’s a revealing fact about the Packers when you look at that team that had the league’s second-best scoring defense in that 2010 season. That also happens to be the last Green Bay squad to win the Super Bowl.

This explains the obvious significance of what happened in the Packers’ win over Seattle. The Seahawks generated only 225 total yards, with only 135 coming through the air. The three sacks they registered on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson only partly told the story of the havoc they wreaked on the Pro Bowl signal-caller. “They did what they needed to do,” said Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett. “Their front seven put pressure on us and when you put pressure on, it makes it tough for Russell to be able to throw the ball. He didn’t have time.”

“We have a lot of people of front,” said Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan. “We have (defensive tackle) Mike Daniels, (outside linebacker) Clay Matthews, (outside linebacker) Nick Perry. We have guys who are fast as hell and can get off the ball. Having (Wilson) running around not knowing what to do was huge for us. We definitely made them one dimensional.”

A big factor in the Packers’ success was their ability to stifle the Seahawks’ running game. They knew they were facing a familiar face in Seattle running back Eddie Lacy — who spent the first four years of his career in Green Bay — and they ruined that homecoming in a hurry. Lacy wound up gaining just three yards on five carries. Seattle’s leading rusher ultimately was rookie Chris Carson, who gained all of 39 yards.

Of course, it is fair to point out that Seattle does have problems on their offensive line. They’ve spent the last few years trying to build a cohesive unit and the chemistry this season is a long way from what this team needs. However, this is still a team that is dangerous enough to reach the Super Bowl. The Seahawks have proved in the past that they can thrive even when the talent in the trenches isn’t overly imposing.

The good news for the Packers is that they don’t need to worry about the issues of other teams. They had to find something to build upon on the defensive side of the football, something that told them this won’t be another year where Rodgers will have to carry them from start to finish. The most memorable bit of evidence they received on Sunday came when Daniels shot past a blocker, sacked Wilson and forced a fumble that Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell recovered at the Seattle 6-yard line early in the third quarter. That play set up a six-yard touchdown run by Packers running back Ty Montgomery that put Green Bay ahead 7-3 and swung the momentum for good.

Daniels finished the game with 1.5 sacks, while Perry added 1.5 of his own. Every time the Seahawks seemed on the verge of making a rally, they were swarming around Wilson along with their teammate. “Everybody just came together and gave everything that they had,” Daniels said. “Everybody hustled. We do it every week but this time we were just determined to get it done.”

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly when a team’s fortunes start changing for the better. As good as the Packers’ defense looked on Sunday, their improvement might have started last fall, when they were giving up 47 points to the Tennessee Titans and 42 to the Washington Redskins. Back then, the storyline was the decline of Rodgers, how he was forcing plays and failing to live up to his future Hall-of-Fame status. The truth was that the defense knew it had to play better, that it had to find some way to make a bigger difference in games.

That defense did show signs of progress in the second half of last season, as it held three of its last six opponents to 13 points or fewer. That improvement helped the Packers reach the playoffs, where their season ended in that blowout loss to Atlanta. As it so happens, the next team Green Bay will face is that same Falcons squad that demolished them in January. The Packers look like they will be a lot more formidable this time around, even though they weren’t interested in revisiting the past.

“I don’t talk about anything except what’s happening today,” said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. “Our defense got challenged and they clearly played at a high level. You are what you are and we’ve got some things on film. But I know our defense definitely got off on the right foot today.”

There’s little to argue there. This game was supposed to be a clash of titans, the first real opportunity to see how two of the best teams in the NFC measured up against one another. We knew one defense was going to come in looking to make plenty of things happen. What we couldn’t foresee was how much the other one would grow up right before our eyes.

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A day after 32 teams trimmed their rosters from 90 to 53, a collection of players have been claimed by new employers.

Among those: Quarterback Brad Kaaya, who moves from Detroit to Carolina, and tight end Will Tye, who will stay in the same city but switch teams, going from the Giants to the Jets.

Wideout Kasen Williams, a preseason standout in Seattle, joins the Browns. Kicker Cody Parkey, whose missed kick in Miami cost Cleveland a win last season, has joined the Dolphins.

The full list of claims, made official by the league on Sunday, is below.

Buffalo Bills

LB Deon Lacy (from MIA), TE Khari Lee (from DET), OT Conor McDermott (from NE)

Carolina Panthers

DB Demetrious Cox (from CIN), QB Brad Kaaya (from DET)

Chicago Bears

LS Andrew DePaola (from TB), WR Tre McBride (from TEN), RB Taquan Mizzell (from BAL)

Cleveland Browns

WR Reggie Davis (from ATL), DB Michael Jordan (from LA), NT T.Y. McGill (from IND), WR Kasen Williams (from SEA), QB Josh Woodrum (from BAL)

Dallas Cowboys

DT Brian Price (from GB)

Detroit Lions

G Zac Kerin (from MIN), OT Brian Mihalik (from PIT)

Green Bay Packers

DE Chris Odom (from ATL)

Houston Texans

WR Andy Jones (from DAL)

Indianapolis Colts

DB Pierre Desir (from SEA), WR Matt Hazel (from WAS), RB Matt Jones (from WAS), DB Kenny Moore (from NE), G Ian Silberman (from OAK)

Jacksonville Jaguars

DT Eli Ankou (from HOU), TE James O’Shaughnessy (from NE), LB Donald Payne (from BAL), DB Lafayette Pitts (from MIA), OT William Poehls (from CHI)

Los Angeles Chargers

DB Jeff Richards (from CAR), OT Michael Schofield (from DEN)

Los Angeles Rams

C J.J. Dielman (from CIN), DT Quinton Jefferson (from SEA), C Aaron Neary (from PHI)

Miami Dolphins

LB Justin March-Lillard (from KC), K Cody Parkey (from CLE)

Minnesota Vikings

TE Blake Bell (from SF)

New Orleans Saints

WR Austin Carr (from NE), QB Taysom Hill (from GB)

New York Jets

WR Kalif Raymond (from DEN), LB Edmond Robinson (from MIN), WR Damore’ea Stringfellow (from MIA), TE Will Tye (from NYG)

San Francisco 49ers

DE Xavier Cooper (from CLE)

Washington Redskins

OT T.J. Clemmings (from MIN)

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J.J. Watt’s fundraising campaign to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts surpassed its $10 million goal Thursday, the Texans star defensive end confirmed in a video via Twitter

On Thursday afternoon, Watt announced the drive has raised more than $12 million in donations. He passed the $13 million mark on Thursday night.

“We started out on Sunday with a goal of raising $200,000. Just now, we’ve surpassed the $10 million mark. I’m going to leave the link open and see how much get it,” Watt said.

“I can’t say thank you enough — celebrities musicians, athletes, kids with their lemonade stands, people hosting fundraisers, business donating — I cannot thank everybody enough. What’s happening right now is my focus very much on getting this directly back to the people as I’ve said the whole time. We have the semi-trucks being filled up as we speak, coming down here to donate the supplies this weekend — that’s Phase One. It’ll be the first phase of our operation to get an immediate of an impact as we can. We have things like water, food, clothing, generators, baby supplies, cleaning supplies. If there’s something I’m not thinking of, please leave it in the comments because we want to make sure we get these people exactly what we need so we help rebuild as quickly as we can. Houston, we’re thinking of you. Thank you to everybody who’s donated.”

Watt isn’t the only one donating to hurricane relief efforts. The Texans have donated $1 million and the Titans gave $1 million to Watt’s drive. The New England Patriots and New York Jets and the Johnson family also are donating $1 million each to relief efforts. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank pledges to match fan contributions up to $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The Green Bay Packers organization is donating $100,000 to J.J. Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund. The Baltimore Ravens are donating $1 million to United Way of Greater Houston, with the funds distributed to the United Way Relief Fund for Hurricane Harvey, the Salvation Army of Houston and the Red Cross. The Lions also announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross’s relief efforts.

TV host Ellen DeGeneres surprised Watt with a $1 million donation to his fund on her show Wednesday. Pop star and actress Miley Cyrus announced she’d pledged $500,000 to hurricane relief efforts. Rapper Drake announced via Instagram he’s donating $200,000 to Watt’s initiative.

Click here to donate to Watt’s flood relief fund, and here to donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Just two weeks ago, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was putting John Brown’s roster spot on notice, saying of the oft-injured wideout, “You’re only good when you’re available.”

Well, on Saturday night, Brown finally showed up — in a big way.

The Cardinals receiver caught just two passes in Arizona’s 24-14 win over the Falcons, but both went for six, and both were highlight-reel worthy.

On the first of Brown’s second-quarter scores, he shook his defender at the line and used his trademark speed to break away for haul in a easy touchdown from Carson Palmer. His second TD grab, this one from Drew Stanton, was a stunning display of body control, as Brown, with his back to the ball, hauled in the pass and landed in bounds just inside the corner of a end zone.

Sidelined with a quadriceps injury throughout camp, still struggling with his sickle-cell issues and having missed the team’s first three preseason tests, Brown made up for a lot of lost time with his two touchdowns.

“It’s been difficult but it’s stuff I’ve handled many times in my life so I know how to handle the situation,” Brown said of his difficult training camp, per the team’s website. “It makes me more comfortable to be able to be here with my teammates.”

The catches also happened to lighten the mood in the Cardinals’ locker room. As Brown put it after the game, “They just happened to be a couple of catches. … The guys were way more happier than I was.”

Whether he did enough to get back in his coach’s good graces, and the Cardinals’ starting lineup, however, remains to be seen.

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Larry Fitzgerald is getting the ball rolling on Anquan Boldin’s Hall of Fame candidacy.

“I believe so,” Fitzgerald, a long-time teammate of Boldin’s, told ESPN.com. “Every place he’s gone, I feel like he’s been the best receiver on that team. He’s led by example off the field. He’s done it the right way.”

He added: “I wish we could’ve been able to play a little longer but to be able to see him go off and win a championship. … The dude has had an unbelievable Hall of Fame career.”

Here’s where we bog down an interesting conversation with numbers. Boldin is 14th all-time in receiving yards (13,779) ahead of Hall of Famers like Andre Reed, Steve Largent, Art Monk and Charlie Joiner. Boldin is ninth in receptions, ahead of Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Randy Moss, Reed, Monk, Torry Holt, Wes Welker, Antonio Gates and Michael Irvin. Boldin is 23rd in touchdowns, ahead of Charley Taylor, Fred Biletnikoff, James Lofton, Bob Hayes, Raymond Berry, Monk, Irvin, Joiner and John Stallworth among others.

Boldin, who announced his retirement last week, has also been recognized as the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year.

With the committee’s ability to consider Boldin’s impact both on the field and in the locker room, this seems like a slam dunk. Boldin played huge roles on playoff-caliber teams, including an indispensable role in Baltimore’s Super Bowl victory over the 49ers in XLVII (six catches, 104 yards and a touchdown).

Boldin was never the flashy, generation-defining receiver that forced defenses to scramble their coverages and shuffle personnel, but he was always difficult to defend and always sure-handed. Fitzgerald is right: There’s no telling what the two of them could have accomplished together if Boldin remained in Arizona but both should eventually come together again in Canton.

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With Week 3 approaching, Denver’s quarterback competition appears headed toward a final decision pretty soon. But whose job will it be?

Paxton Lynch got his turn with the starters on Saturday, leading a touchdown drive to open the game. From there, it was largely unmemorable, going 9 of 13 for 39 yards on the night with Brandon McManus nailing two kicks from 45-plus yards.

Trevor Siemian, the incumbent starter, entered just before halftime and marched Denver down the field, completing passes of four, 10 and 19 yards, with the last going to Jordan Taylor for a touchdown. It sounded like that was enough for coach Vance Joseph.

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LATROBE, Pa. — Tyson Alualu has 87 career starts and signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March as he enters his eighth NFL season.

He’s far from a draft bust.

But being a top-10 pick engenders a burden that Alualu — who starred at Cal and was selected 10th overall by Jacksonville in 2010 — often felt weighing down his 300-pound frame.

Those early years when Alualu was failing to rack up sack numbers? That was no joke, he says.

But managing the stress from the perception that you’re a bad draft pick actually helped fuel Alualu’s longevity, despite a lengthy adjustment.

“It probably did turn into stress, hearing people say he’s not playing how he should play as a top-10 pick,” Alualu told ESPN. “A lot of people don’t understand what you do go through, injuries, things that you face. It was tough. You have to stay true to who you are.”

Alualu is at peace with his career knowing he fought to stay on the field and keep himself valuable. Alualu never became a sack master (16.5 QB takedowns in seven years), but he’s played in all but two games and is widely considered underappreciated for his run-stopping contributions in Jacksonville, where he played as an end and tackle.

Now positioned as a key reserve on a deep Steelers defensive line, Alualu savors the chance to stick with a winner.

He no longer senses concerns from fans over whether he’ll play like his draft status suggests he should. But those criticisms never really have left him, either. He just learned to spin them positively, relying on his family for positivity until he figured out his NFL identity.

“What I’ve learned, looking back, is you can’t let those pressures turn into stress,” Alualu said. “It can definitely get to you if you start listening to other people’s opinions. You’ve got to learn to block out the noise and make the most of your opportunities. The good ones know how to use it to their advantage and just kind of ball out.”

Alualu admits to pressing early in his career, in part because of difficulties adjusting to coaching.

Then-defensive line coach Joe Cullen “engrained one move in my head,” he said. Alualu repped that move hundreds of times until he felt more mechanical than instinctual.

“For me, I was always good on reaction,” Alualu said. “They kind of took that away from me. I’m not blaming him, he was a good coach. But the way I took it was wrong. Looking back, I should have just continued to play like what got me to be a top pick instead of trying to please and do it his way.”

Alualu consulted a few NFL veterans about the balance between absorbing coaching and accentuating your strengths. Alualu believes he’s gotten better as a result.

Alualu welcomes hard coaching from Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell. He feels the chance to get creative with his pass-rush moves while staying true to the team’s 3-4 system.

Alualu isn’t expected to play like a top pick here. The Steelers have Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargrave for that. Alualu is tasked with steady contribution.

But part of him is still fighting the perception battle, which still gives him that extra push off the line of scrimmage.

“You want to prove other people wrong that think you were a bad pick,” Alualu said.

Injured: The pony’s Malik Hooker started the camp on the PUP list.

on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts announced players who would begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. As expected, Andrew Luck was on the list. Another vital Colts player was a surprise: first-round pick Malik Hooker.

Hooker tweaked his hamstring during Monday’s conditioning test, per Kevin Bowen of the team’s official website.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Hooker hasn’t had any setbacks and that the PUP designation is just the team being cautious ahead of training camp opening this week. Hooker can come off the PUP list anytime during camp.

Fellow safety Clayton Geathers (neck) is also on the PUP and is expected to miss the start of the regular season.

Hooker’s hamstring tweak comes after the safety underwent shoulder and sports hernia surgeries in January. During the draft process the 21-year-old discussed with Around The NFL’s Conor Orr why he played through the injuries late during his college career. He was expected to be healthy heading into camp after missing all offseason workouts. Then the hamstring tweak struck.

The rangy Ohio State product could be a game-changer for the Colts secondary. Hooker is the ball-hawk the Colts have lacked during Chuck Pagano’s tenure. But first Hooker needs to get on the field.

Other injuries we’re tracking on Tuesday:

1. The Lions have placed punter Sam Martin on the active/non-football injury list due to an ankle injury he sustained earlier in July, the team announced. Rookie cornerback Teez Tabor and tackle Cyrus Kouandjio were also placed on the NFI list.

2. The Dolphins have placed linebacker Koa Misi on injured reserve, Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.

3. The Saints are placing linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (foot) on injured reserve, Rapoport reported. New Orleans will release Ellerbe once he is healthy, Rapoport added.

4. The Panthers have waived/injured wide receiver Charles Johnson after he underwent surgery on his right knee, the team announced Tuesday.