TV Schedule: Thursday, Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: High 77, Low 57
Line: Seattle (-6)
The Seahawks are, of course, coming off of a season where they won the Super Bowl. In case fans already forgot, which I am sure Denver Broncos fans wish they could, the Seahawks cruised to victory in the Super Bowl by the score of 43-8.
The team will have just as high of expectations in 2014-15, but it will be interesting to see if QB Russell Wilson can take a step further in the right direction. Wilson is coming off of a season where he threw for 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also had 539 rushing yards and one more score on the ground.
As usual, Seattle will be relying on Beast Mode to do a lot this season. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 TDs last year.
Of course, the Seahawks will be counting on that ferocious defense to come up big all season as well.
As for the Packers, well, they still have quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so they should have no problem competing in this game. The Packers finished with a disappointing record of 8-7-1 last season, but Rodgers did miss some time. In nine games last season, Rodgers was able to throw for 2,536 yards, 17 TDs and just six interceptions.
However, rookie running back Eddie Lacy did work all season long. Lacy ran for 1,178 yards and 11 TDs. Not bad for a player who was picked No. 61 overall in the NFL Draft.
The Seahawks will be the favorites in this one for the simple fact that they will be at home. Not to mention, they are the defending national champs. However, it will be interesting to see if Rodgers and Co. have enough firepower to get the Victory in Week 1. In the end, Seattle’s defense is the deciding factor.
PREDICTION: Packers 24, Seahawks 30