The Seattle Seahawks are kicking off the 2014 NFL season at home against the Green Bay Packers as they look to defend their Super Bowl championship.
The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are set to take the field in the NFL season opener. They will play their first game at home against the Green Bay Packers.
Although they are saying it’s not a factor, the Packers undoubtedly have the infamous “Fail Mary” game on their minds, which consisted of a pass to the end zone by quarterback Russell Wilson that appeared to be an interception but was ruled a touchdown. This gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory.
The Seahawks have most of their Super Bowl roster returning, and they will have a healthy Percy Harvin. This will soften the blow that comes with losing Golden Tate.
The defense has safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman coming in fresh off hefty contract extensions, and they will provide a key matchup to the game against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who missed nearly half of last season with a broken collarbone.
The Packers also have running back Eddie Lacy returning and giving the team a two-dimensional offense. The key player to watch on offense will be center Corey Linsley, who was drafted in the fifth round. He is replacing J.C. Tretter, who was expected to start but injured his knee.
If the Packers can stop running back Marshawn Lynch, they will have a legitimate chance at beating the Seahawks. They will need to overcome a dominant Seattle defense though.
Prediction: Seahawks 21, Packers 17