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Predicting the Green Bay Packers Week 1 Depth Chart

Predicting the Green Bay Packers Week 1 Depth Chart

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The Green Bay Packers will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season. The NFL kickoff game is sure to be loaded with excitement. Not to mention, the contest could be a preview of the NFC Championship Game. Here’s a look at a prediction for Green Bay’s starting lineup on offense and defense for Thursday.

Quarterback

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Quarterback

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Aaron Rodgers
Arguably the best quarterback in the NFL will take center stage Thursday night in one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. Many have predicted Aaron Rodgers to win the 2014 NFL MVP, which means the NFL kickoff game should be a preview of what’s to come.

Running Back

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Running Back

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Eddie Lacy (RB), John Kuhn (FB)
The 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will get his chance to back up his award against one of the toughest defenses in the league. Running back Eddie Lacy is primed for a stellar season in which Rodgers and he could provide Green Bay with the No. 1 ranked offense in the NFL. John Kuhn will reprise his role as the lone fullback on the team.

Wide Receiver

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Wide Receiver

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Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will provide the Packers with one of the more underrated wide receiver duos in the league. Even though Nelson continues to put up jaw-dropping numbers, he still doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Look for him to be dominant enough to grab the attention of his peers. Cobb continues to get better every season, as he will be looking to put last year’s injury behind him.

Tight End

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Tight End

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Andrew Quarless
This is a toss-up between Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers. I believe Quarless will get the start in Week 1 because of his experience with the offense. Even though Rodgers might be the better player, playing in front of a sold out Seattle crowd on national television could be a bit much for the rookie in his first game.

Offensive Line

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Offensive Line

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David Bakhtiari (LT), Josh Sitton (LG), Corey Linsley (C), T.J. Lang (RG), Bryan Bulaga (RT)
The biggest question will be rookie Corey Linsley making his first career start at center for the injured JC Tretter. If Linsley can hold his own against a very talented defensive line, the Packers should prevail. The rest of the offensive line has looked good in the preseason. It’s just a matter of protecting Rodgers and opening up running lanes.

Defensive Line

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Defensive Line

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Datone Jones (DE), Josh Boyd (NT), Mike Daniels (DE)
Datone Jones will need to take a big step up in year two to ensure the Packers have success on the defensive line. Meanwhile, Mike Daniels must continue to be a dominant pass rusher as applying pressure to Russell Wilson will be important. The big question mark is Josh Boyd starting at nose tackle for the injured B.J. Raji.

Inside Linebacker

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Inside Linebacker

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A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones
A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones have retained their roles as the starting inside linebackers. However, that doesn’t mean their job is secure for the entire year. Both players must step up in run defense, as it was a problem area last season. More importantly, tackling in the middle of the field will be key.

Outside Linebacker

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Outside Linebacker

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Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers
The two most important players on defense are outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers. If they fail to pressure Wilson, Seattle could devastate Green Bay’s defense. The point of signing Peppers was to give Matthews someone to take the pressure off so he could get after the quarterback more. It will be interesting to see how the two work together with the game on the line.

Cornerback

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Cornerback

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Tramon Williams, Sam Shields
Tramon Williams and Sam Shields will play huge roles in the secondary for the Packers in 2014. More importantly, they must set the tone for the rest of the team in the first game of the season. If they can shut down Seattle’s receivers, it will boost the confidence of the entire secondary, which is desperately needed.

Safety

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Safety

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Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde
No team posted worst statistics at safety last season than the Packers did. Morgan Burnett must find a way to put his dismal performance in 2013 behind him and become the player we all know he’s capable of being. I predict Micah Hyde will start at free safety over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Hopefully, it’s the right call, especially since the Seahawks will challenge him early.

Special Teams

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Special Teams

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Mason Crosby (K), Tim Masthay (P), Brett Goode (LS)
Mason Crosby bounced back brilliantly after a career-low 2012 season. It will be tough to build off his 89.2 field goal percentage but I believe he can do it. Punter Tim Masthay is someone I would like to see improve his net average this season. Having a good game against the Seahawks will be important.