The reigning Super Bowl champs Seattle Seahawks will open the 2014 NFL Season at noisy CenturyLink Field against NFC Powerhouse Green Bay Packers on Thursday September 4th, 2014 at 8:30 PM ET.
Odds makers at BetOnline Sportsbook have listed the Seahawks as -5 ½ point favorites with a total of 44 ½ for this exciting kickoff matchup.
The last time Seattle hosted Green Bay in the regular season was back in 2012, where we all witnessed one of the most infamous plays in recent history: The Fail Mary. In case you don’t remember it here is that precious moment once again:
If there is one team with hype going into the season is the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers looks rejuvenated this Preseason after recovering from a broken collar bone, but more importantly the first team offense already looks in mid-season form and capable of delivering a one two punch through the air with the likes of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin combined with a powerful running game brought by second year back Eddie Lacy.
The tendency is to always speak about offense when referring to the Green Bay Packers, however the most notable changes from last season have clearly been on defense. A healthy Clay Matthews will be huge for the Green Bay Packers in 2014, as will the return of cornerback Casey Hayward from injury last year. The drafting of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will be important too; however one move above all others is expected to be the key for this Dom Capers led defense, and that is the addition of outside linebacker Julius Peppers. With Peppers the expectation is that they’ll finally have the pass rush and edge protection needed to stop the Russell Wilsons of the world.
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Unfortunately for the Seattle Seahawks, there are some holes surfacing in its defensive backfield. Kam Chancellor is coming off hip surgery and may not be 100 percent. Meanwhile, the team lost corners Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond to the Patriots and Giants, respectively so there’s no question that their secondary depth has been depleted. There are some concerns on the defensive line also, Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald all left this offseason so the team signed former Viking Kevin Williams, who should provide help in the interior.
The offensive line probably won’t be as strong either. The team lost Breno Giacomini to the Jets in free agency, prompting the front office to spend a second-round pick on right tackle Justin Britt, however it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to play well right away. At left guard James Carpenter struggled in 2013, though he has reportedly been in better shape this offseason and training camp. Seattle seems to be fine at both left tackle and center, provided that Russell Okung can stay healthy for a change. Okung has missed 19 games in four seasons, including eight in 2013.
The Seahawks are 17-1 at home for the past two seasons and one can never underestimate the role of 12th man and its deafening noise. Fans should be much more hyped this year as defending champs, so it isn’t getting any better in this sense for visiting teams.
It is also unwise to discard special situations that affect or “jinx” a game, and in this case there is clearly a need for Divine Justice to allow the Packers to avenge the way the lost their last game in this stadium. They will come out hard against a really good defense and an extremely noisy crowd that will not allow Rodgers to have a field day. With a revamped defense Green Bay should also be able to hypothetically slow down the Seahawks offense.
At this stage it is hard to predict a winner for the game, however it is safe to say that it will likely be a low scoring affair as it has been historically between these two teams. Our prediction: Bet the under 44 ½ at Bovada and get 50% in bonuses!