Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers Live Online NFL Coverage-Week-1

Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers:The offensive and defensive lines were already expected to be in the spotlight when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle for the club’s highly anticipated regular-season opener.

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The spotlight will shine even brighter now that the Packers have lost a key starter on each side of the trenches.

In just the last 48 hours, the Packers have learned they will be without nose tackle B.J. Raji and center JC Tretter for the Sept. 4 clash with the Seahawks. Raji has a torn biceps that will require season-ending surgery, while head coach Mike McCarthy revealed that Tretter is dealing with a “significant” knee injury that will require “multiple weeks” to heal.

“This is the way the NFL is,” McCarthy said Sunday, via the team’s official site. “Injuries are part of our game. It’s unfortunate. But it will not stop us.”

Both players were injured in the first half of Green Bay’s 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders last Friday. The Packers now have less than two weeks to groom two new starters before taking on the defending champs.

Which player is a bigger loss for the Packers vs. Seattle?
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Even at full strength, the Packers would be tested to the max by Seattle’s disruptive defensive line and powerful, run-heavy offensive line.

The Seahawks graded out as the best pass-rushing defense at Pro Football Focus (subscription required) a year ago, mostly because of their dominance up front. Seattle tallied 278 quarterback disruptions and 63 quarterback hits from just its defensive line in 2013, which averages out to roughly 17 disruptions and four hits per game.

Overall, the Seahawks had 44 sacks, including 8.5 from Michael Bennett and 8.0 from Cliff Avril.

While Seattle’s secondary receives most of the headlines, a defense doesn’t allow a 63.4 opponent passer rating over a full season without a consistent pass rush.

The Packers were going to take on Seattle with inexperience at center either way, but Tretter—a fourth-round pick in 2013—had been groomed all offseason to be the guy. General manager Ted Thompson let 2013 starter Evan Dietrich-Smith pursue other opportunities in free agency because there was a trust in Tretter taking hold of the job this summer. He did.

Now, fifth-round rookie Corey Linsley will be snapping the football to Aaron Rodgers in Seattle. He’ll get just a handful of practices to work with the first-team offense beforehand. And because Rodgers isn’t likely to play in Thursday’s preseason finale, the regular-season opener should represent the first time the two work together in a live contest.

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The Packers have been down this road before. Last August, left tackle Bryan Bulaga blew out his knee, forcing fourth-round rookie David Bakhtiari into the starting lineup. He held up just fine on the blind side.

Linsley, who started 26 straight games for Ohio State in the rough-and-tough Big 10, has looked like a player this August.

Per PFF, Linsley has graded out (subscription required) as the third-best center in the NFL this preseason. He’s faced nothing but second- and third-string defensive players, but the rookie has held his own.

“He could play and they wouldn’t miss a beat,” a personnel man told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He has that rare ability to stay in front of guys. Recovers well. Has balance and athleticism. Like him.”

Linsley started college games at the Big House (Michigan Stadium), Camp Randall Stadium and Happy Valley (Beaver Stadium), which certainly qualify as loud, raucous environments. But nothing can prepare a rookie for stepping into CenturyLink Field—the loudest stadium in the NFL—and facing one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

McCarthy didn’t appear worried.

“He has a very good understanding of our offense,” McCarthy said. “We won’t change anything for how we approach games moving forward. I feel very confident.”

While Tretter will return this season, Raji won’t. The impact of his loss will likely be felt right away in Seattle.

The Seahawks can’t be considered dominant along the offensive line. There have been struggles protecting Russell Wilson at times, including during this preseason. But the rushing numbers speak for themselves.

Seattle rushed for 2,188 yards in 2013, good for the fourth most in the NFL. The year before, the Seahawks were third in the league with 2,579 rushing yards.

While Wilson continues to grow as a quarterback, and the Seahawks become more and more reliant on his abilities as a passer, the Seattle offense is still one based in pounding the football on the ground. Pete Carroll’s game plan for the opener was going to include a high percentage of runs, with or without Raji on the other side.

The Packers now have to find a way to stop those runs sans the 334-pounder.

Green Bay has gotten considerably smaller and quicker along the defensive line this offseason, replacing Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett with Datone Jones and Mike Daniels in the starting lineup. Raji, who moved from end to his more natural position at nose tackle, was expected to be the block-eating cog in the middle.

Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel and Letroy Guion will now be asked to fill the role.

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Boyd is just 310 pounds. Pennel is an undrafted free agent. Guion hasn’t practiced at all during training camp. The Packers need one of the three to take the opportunity and run with it.

“I think Josh Boyd is getting better each and every week,” McCarthy said. “Think you really saw him come on at the end of season. He’s picked up where he left off. B.J. has been such an anchor in there, particularly the way we’ve approached defense this year. We’re counting on someone stepping up.”

Raji’s loss can be masked partly by Green Bay’s reliance on subpackages. Few defenses in the NFL play more nickel or dime, which takes the nose tackle off the field. But that might be a rare luxury against the Seahawks.

Seattle is as comfortable lining up with two tight ends and pounding the football as the Packers are spreading the field and running the no-huddle. If the Seahawks go big and run the football, Green Bay’s lack of depth along the defensive line could be exposed.

Packers Run Defense vs. Seattle Run Offense, 2013     Att     Yards     Yards/Att     TDs     Yards/Game
GB Run Defense     432     2000     4.6     16     125.0
SEA Run Offense     509     2188     4.3     14     136.8

Source: Pro Football Reference

Remember, the Packers gave up 2,000 rushing yards a year ago. Opponents averaged 4.6 yards per rush. Green Bay then replaced the big bodies once counted on to stop the run with a smaller, more active front.

Raji was the lone remaining wide body left, and now he’s gone.

Honest questions will be answered in Seattle.

Can Boyd handle 25 snaps a game on the nose, a position he’s rarely played? Pennel has lived in the offensive backfield this summer, but can he be disruptive against a starting offensive line? Guion had some ugly tape with Minnesota, and will he even be ready to play by Sept. 4?

Green Bay can’t expect to beat the defending champions at CenturyLink Field without playing well along each line. That assignment got much more difficult over the last two days.

The Packers have less than two weeks to ready two players not expected to play significant roles in 2014. In Seattle, the spotlight will shine brightest on the next man up.

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Packers vs Seahawks Live Stream NFL Regular Season 2014

Green Bay Packers vs Seattle Seahawks

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The Packers travel to Seattle for the first game of the 2014-15 NFL season. The Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Packers were hit by injuries but won the NFC North with a regular season record of 8-7-1. Green Bay lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Details for Thursday’s game are below:

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV Coverage: NBC

Radio: For a list of Seahawks affiliates, click here. For a list of Packers affiliates, click here.
Game Facts

Seahawks facts

The last time the Packers played Seattle was Sept. 24, 2012, on Monday Night Football. At the end of the game, official Lance Easley ruled a pass that appeared to be an interception by safety M.D. Jennings as “simultaneous possession,” which gave wide receiver Golden Tate a touchdown catch. The Seahawks won the game, 14-12.​

The two teams have played 16 times, including twice during the playoffs. The Packers have won both playoff games (in 2003 and 2007).

Both Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy are 5-3 in season openers. The .625 winning percentage in openers is tied for the sixth highest among current head coaches who have coached in five-plus season openers.

Quarterback Russell Wilson was 257-407 for 3,357 yards during the regular season last year. He had a passer rating of 101.2, threw for 26 touchdowns and ran for one.

Running back Marshawn Lynch led the team in rushing. He ran for 1,257 yards on 301 carries and 12 touchdowns.

Lynch held out during training camp for a new contract. He did not receive a new contract. In 2012, the running back signed a four-year, $30 million deal that will pay him $5.5 million this season.​

Receiver Golden Tate led the team in catches and yards last season. Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards, but he left for Detroit in March. The Lions signed Tate to a five-year, $31 million contract.

Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin recently compared quarterback Russell Wilson to former Packers quarterback Brett Favre.

Cornerback Richard Sherman led the Seahawks with eight interceptions last season. Seattle signed Sherman to a four-year, $57.4 million contract extension in May.

Packers facts

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who missed almost eight games of the regular season after fracturing his collarbone, threw for 2,536 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. Rodgers had a pass completion percentage of 66.6 and a 104.9 passer rating.

The Packers signed nose tackle B.J. Raji to a one-year, $4 million this offseason, but the veteran tore his right biceps during the Packers’ Aug. 22 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Raji will miss the entire season.

Running back Eddie Lacy, who won the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award last season, ran for 1,178 yards on 284 regular-season carries. He ran for 11 touchdowns in 15 games.

The Packers started the 2013-14 season without receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Jordy Nelson, who had spent much of the previous season on the injury list, played in all 16 regular season games for the Packers. Nelson had 85 catches for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns and led Green Bay in all three categories. After Nelson’s season, the Packers signed the receiver to a four-year, $39 million contract extension.

The Packers drafted wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft, but the rookie tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during training camp practice.

During the 2013-14 season, the Packers did not have an interception or forced fumble from the safety position. The Packers drafted Alabama safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix with their first-round pick.

Cornerback Sam Shields led the Packers with four interceptions, and cornerback Tramon Williams had three. Green Bay only had 11 interceptions last season.

Don Barclay, who started 14 games at right tackle last season in place of the injured Bryan Bulaga, tore his ACL during practice. Derek Sherrod will likely fill Barclay’s role at tackle, and Lane Taylor will be the backup at right and left guard.​

The Packers opted to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for the first time since 2008. Veteran Matt Flynn will be the back-up to starter Aaron Rodgers, and Scott Tolzien is listed as the Packers’ third-string quarterback.

The Packers have not won in Seattle since 2008.

If the Packers win, it will be just the third road team to win the NFL’s primetime kickoff game since 2002.

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Packers vs Seahawks NFL Week-1 Game Watch on 4 Sept.2014

Our long national nightmare is almost over. In a matter of hours, not days or weeks, the Green Bay Packers will suit up against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks to kick off the 2014 NFL regular season.

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Here’s a look at some of the key matchups that could sway the outcome.
David Bakhtiari vs. Seattle pass rushers

The Seahawks defense features a bevy of fearsome pass rushers. Michael Bennett creates pressure from the Leo position while Cliff Avril penetrates from right end. Behind them, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner has a knack for sacking the quarterback, and Bruce Irvin could step into his own in 2014.

All of which is why Green Bay left tackle David Bakhtiari must be on top of his game. The Packers’ best chance of taking down the defending champs involves spreading their defense our with four or more pass catchers. In many cases, that will result in Bakhtiari being left on an island against one of Seattle’s pass rushers. He’ll need to keep them neutralized most of the night to give the Packers a chance.
Corey Linsley vs. The 12th Man

Even had starting center JC Tretter been healthy for Thursday’s opener, the Packers’ center versus the 12th Man would have been one of the game’s key matchup. That’s because no matter how well Tretter or Linsley performed during the preseason, each lacks regular season experience. Perhaps just as importantly, neither has dealt with the deafening crowd of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field before.

Whether Linsley can handle the line calls and effective run the no huddle offense will directly affect the number of points Green Bay’s offense can put on the board. The coaching staff thinks he’s ready, but nothing substitutes for first-hand exposure.
Letroy Guion vs. Marshawn Lynch and Seattle’s ground game

While the magnitude of losing nose tackle B.J. Raji for the season has been hotly debated over the past week, it’s indisputable how important new starter Letroy Guion is to containing the Seahawks great rushing attack. Guion was a sieve for much of his time with Minnesota, but how much of that was due to playing with inferior talent remains to be seen.

If Guion can clog gaps and allow Mike Daniels to get into the backfield, it’ll stymie the Marshawn Lynch led ground game. If, however, Guion gets pushed around, it’ll be a long day of watching A.J. Hawk chase down Seahawks running backs five or more yards beyond the line of scrimmage.
Micah Hyde vs. Percy Harvin

Other than in certain dime and sub packages, Micah Hyde won’t be asked to cover Percy Harvin directly. However, Harvin has the spectacular ability to take the top off a defense when healthy. Outside of Russell Wilson’s development, he represents perhaps the biggest difference between the Seattle team the Packers met in 2012 and the one it’ll see on Thursday.

With Micah Hyde likely playing deep when the Packers go Cover 1 or Cover 3, it’ll be his responsibility to make sure Harvin doesn’t get behind him. If Hyde manages to stick around the speedy receiver, it’ll allow Green Bay’s other defensive backs to work closer to the line of scrimmage and force Wilson to make shorter throws through smaller passing windows.

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Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers Live Online NFL Coverage-Week-1

Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers:The offensive and defensive lines were already expected to be in the spotlight when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle for the club’s highly anticipated regular-season opener.

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The spotlight will shine even brighter now that the Packers have lost a key starter on each side of the trenches.

In just the last 48 hours, the Packers have learned they will be without nose tackle B.J. Raji and center JC Tretter for the Sept. 4 clash with the Seahawks. Raji has a torn biceps that will require season-ending surgery, while head coach Mike McCarthy revealed that Tretter is dealing with a “significant” knee injury that will require “multiple weeks” to heal.

“This is the way the NFL is,” McCarthy said Sunday, via the team’s official site. “Injuries are part of our game. It’s unfortunate. But it will not stop us.”

Both players were injured in the first half of Green Bay’s 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders last Friday. The Packers now have less than two weeks to groom two new starters before taking on the defending champs.

Which player is a bigger loss for the Packers vs. Seattle?
B.J. Raji JC Tretter Submit Vote vote to see results

Even at full strength, the Packers would be tested to the max by Seattle’s disruptive defensive line and powerful, run-heavy offensive line.

The Seahawks graded out as the best pass-rushing defense at Pro Football Focus (subscription required) a year ago, mostly because of their dominance up front. Seattle tallied 278 quarterback disruptions and 63 quarterback hits from just its defensive line in 2013, which averages out to roughly 17 disruptions and four hits per game.

Overall, the Seahawks had 44 sacks, including 8.5 from Michael Bennett and 8.0 from Cliff Avril.

While Seattle’s secondary receives most of the headlines, a defense doesn’t allow a 63.4 opponent passer rating over a full season without a consistent pass rush.

The Packers were going to take on Seattle with inexperience at center either way, but Tretter—a fourth-round pick in 2013—had been groomed all offseason to be the guy. General manager Ted Thompson let 2013 starter Evan Dietrich-Smith pursue other opportunities in free agency because there was a trust in Tretter taking hold of the job this summer. He did.

Now, fifth-round rookie Corey Linsley will be snapping the football to Aaron Rodgers in Seattle. He’ll get just a handful of practices to work with the first-team offense beforehand. And because Rodgers isn’t likely to play in Thursday’s preseason finale, the regular-season opener should represent the first time the two work together in a live contest.

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The Packers have been down this road before. Last August, left tackle Bryan Bulaga blew out his knee, forcing fourth-round rookie David Bakhtiari into the starting lineup. He held up just fine on the blind side.

Linsley, who started 26 straight games for Ohio State in the rough-and-tough Big 10, has looked like a player this August.

Per PFF, Linsley has graded out (subscription required) as the third-best center in the NFL this preseason. He’s faced nothing but second- and third-string defensive players, but the rookie has held his own.

“He could play and they wouldn’t miss a beat,” a personnel man told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He has that rare ability to stay in front of guys. Recovers well. Has balance and athleticism. Like him.”

Linsley started college games at the Big House (Michigan Stadium), Camp Randall Stadium and Happy Valley (Beaver Stadium), which certainly qualify as loud, raucous environments. But nothing can prepare a rookie for stepping into CenturyLink Field—the loudest stadium in the NFL—and facing one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

McCarthy didn’t appear worried.

“He has a very good understanding of our offense,” McCarthy said. “We won’t change anything for how we approach games moving forward. I feel very confident.”

While Tretter will return this season, Raji won’t. The impact of his loss will likely be felt right away in Seattle.

The Seahawks can’t be considered dominant along the offensive line. There have been struggles protecting Russell Wilson at times, including during this preseason. But the rushing numbers speak for themselves.

Seattle rushed for 2,188 yards in 2013, good for the fourth most in the NFL. The year before, the Seahawks were third in the league with 2,579 rushing yards.

While Wilson continues to grow as a quarterback, and the Seahawks become more and more reliant on his abilities as a passer, the Seattle offense is still one based in pounding the football on the ground. Pete Carroll’s game plan for the opener was going to include a high percentage of runs, with or without Raji on the other side.

The Packers now have to find a way to stop those runs sans the 334-pounder.

Green Bay has gotten considerably smaller and quicker along the defensive line this offseason, replacing Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett with Datone Jones and Mike Daniels in the starting lineup. Raji, who moved from end to his more natural position at nose tackle, was expected to be the block-eating cog in the middle.

Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel and Letroy Guion will now be asked to fill the role.

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Boyd is just 310 pounds. Pennel is an undrafted free agent. Guion hasn’t practiced at all during training camp. The Packers need one of the three to take the opportunity and run with it.

“I think Josh Boyd is getting better each and every week,” McCarthy said. “Think you really saw him come on at the end of season. He’s picked up where he left off. B.J. has been such an anchor in there, particularly the way we’ve approached defense this year. We’re counting on someone stepping up.”

Raji’s loss can be masked partly by Green Bay’s reliance on subpackages. Few defenses in the NFL play more nickel or dime, which takes the nose tackle off the field. But that might be a rare luxury against the Seahawks.

Seattle is as comfortable lining up with two tight ends and pounding the football as the Packers are spreading the field and running the no-huddle. If the Seahawks go big and run the football, Green Bay’s lack of depth along the defensive line could be exposed.

Packers Run Defense vs. Seattle Run Offense, 2013     Att     Yards     Yards/Att     TDs     Yards/Game
GB Run Defense     432     2000     4.6     16     125.0
SEA Run Offense     509     2188     4.3     14     136.8

Source: Pro Football Reference

Remember, the Packers gave up 2,000 rushing yards a year ago. Opponents averaged 4.6 yards per rush. Green Bay then replaced the big bodies once counted on to stop the run with a smaller, more active front.

Raji was the lone remaining wide body left, and now he’s gone.

Honest questions will be answered in Seattle.

Can Boyd handle 25 snaps a game on the nose, a position he’s rarely played? Pennel has lived in the offensive backfield this summer, but can he be disruptive against a starting offensive line? Guion had some ugly tape with Minnesota, and will he even be ready to play by Sept. 4?

Green Bay can’t expect to beat the defending champions at CenturyLink Field without playing well along each line. That assignment got much more difficult over the last two days.

The Packers have less than two weeks to ready two players not expected to play significant roles in 2014. In Seattle, the spotlight will shine brightest on the next man up.

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