Russell Wilson made sure everyone knew Percy Harvin was healthy. Marshawn Lynch bullied his way to another 100-yard rushing performance.

And Richard Sherman? He was just bored.

The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened the same way they finished last season, with a blowout victory.

"We'll always find something that we can do better," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "That's why we're so good."

Lynch ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks dominated Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a 36-16 victory to kick off the regular season Thursday night.

The memories of last season were revisited, with the championship banner unveiled celebrating Seattle's first title. But the ceremony was brief, a nod to putting last season behind and beginning the process of trying to become the first team in a decade to repeat.

Their effort against the Packers -- a popular pick to contend in the NFC -- will only reinforce the belief Seattle is still the favorite.

Wilson was outstanding in the first half, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Lockette. Harvin got touches as a receiver, running back and returner. He was used all over the field in different formations after never being fully healthy in his first season with Seattle.


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Wilson finished 19 of 28 for 191 yards, while Lynch was at his best. Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Lynch appeared in the best shape of his career, and it showed. Lynch averaged 5.5 yards per carry and topped 100 yards for the 20th time in the regular season since joining the Seahawks in 2010.

"Obviously, we were the more physical team today, offensively and defensively. I saw supposedly some of the best players in the league not want to tackle Marshawn Lynch," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said.

Rodgers was 23 of 33 for 189 yards and was isolated to one side of the field.

He looked almost exclusively for Jordy Nelson matched up against Byron Maxwell and never threw in Sherman's direction. Nelson finished with nine receptions, but Maxwell came up with a third-quarter interception on a pass that deflected off Nelson's hands.

The most action for Sherman came in the first half when he accidentally blocked Davon House into Earl Thomas on a punt return causing a fumble recovered by the Packers.

But Seattle's defenders did their part. They sacked Rodgers three times, taking advantage of a knee injury suffered by right tackle Bryan Bulaga in the second quarter.

Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady is nursing a calf injury that forced him to miss practice for New England's opener Sunday at Miami. Rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots' second-round draft choice, is the only other quarterback on the 53-man roster.

Rams: After suffering a season-ending torn left anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in nine months, St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford said he will be back "as strong as ever."

Bradford was injured in the first quarter in the Rams' third preseason game at Cleveland. No date for surgery has been set, Bradford said.

Kelly update: Follow-up tests revealed that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly shows no signs of having sinus cancer.

Kelly's battle with cancer began in June 2013, when he had surgery to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus in March.

Texans: Rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney says he passed the NFL protocols for head injuries in just over a week and will play Sunday against Washington.

Washington: The Daily News of New York said in a lead editorial titled "Sack the Name" that the reference to Washington's nickname will no longer be part of stories and columns.

The name, however, may appear in quotations, reader letters and discussion of the dispute. Also, the logo of a feathered Native American will be dropped, replaced by an image that features team colors.

Other media outlets, including this newspaper, have also dropped the name.

Etc.: Joe DeLamielleure, the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman, plans to object to the proposed NFL concussion settlement. A longtime critic of the NFL and the players union, DeLamielleure doesn't believe many of the estimated 20,000 retired players will receive monetary awards from the proposed settlement.

The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.