The Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers to start the in 2014 and my guess is that it will be on national television. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

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Green Bay Packers Kickoff 2014 season in Seattle – Let’s make our presence known Packers Nation!

The 2014 NFL schedule was released on Wednesday as of course was the Green Bay Packers list of foes. If you are like me you were eagerly awaiting the 8p EST release. Because well, it’s on now, football season is in motion.

Hells Bells!!

For the next three months and some change Packers Nation looks forward to righting a wrong, settling a score and taking the bull by the horns. However you describe it, the Green Bay Packers kickoff the 2014 NFL schedule against the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and it is bound to be an NFL classic.

Will Ted Thompson's general manager skills lead the Green Bay Packers to another title?

Will Ted Thompson’s general manager skills lead the Green Bay Packers to another title?

As always there are high expectations placed on the Packers. Following a season in which injuries and Colin Kaepernick derailed all hopes of a Lombardi Trophy; Green Bay looks ahead to good health and a retooled defense. With the 2014 NFL Draft looming Packers fans cling to the hope that their GM, Ted Thompson, is inspired by the unlikely signing of veteran sack collector Julius Peppers and may have a few draft day surprises up his sleeve to fill some key holes and add some depth.

Coming off a Super Bowl championship the Seahawks will be out to prove that their rings are not a fluke. Not to mention they are an immensely talented team supported by the “12th Man,” a fan base that makes Century Link Field a deafening place to play.

Hold onto your hats Packers Nation, this game has all the makings of a barn burner!

As some of you may have gathered, I live in the Northwest – Portland, Ore., – just a few hours south of Seattle. And let me tell you, if you are thinking about traveling this way on Thursday, Sept. 4, I highly recommend it. Of course the Northwest has a reputation of being soggy and wet. Which is often the case, but the month of September is some of our best weather of the year.

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The Seahawks charge a lot for the tickets, you’re more likely to find sushi than a brat, the beer is great and plenty strong, but one thing I can assure you is the confines are more corporate than Lambeau Field. All the more reason to make the trek!

Packers Nation, let’s turn down volume on the 12th man and turn up the noise for the Green Bay Packers!

Like the defense we hope to put on the field we too have to establish our presence. Packers Nation takes a back seat to no fan base. We are the originals. Let’s make 2014 our year.

Whether it is Lambeau Field, Century Link or whatever other corporate labeled field, Packers Nation needs to come strong. Beginning in Seattle, 2014 is the Season of the Green Bay Packers.

In addition to blogging about the Green Bay Packers for Lombardiave.com, Patrick Hughes blogs about gardening at wheelandbarrowlandscape.com, and previously wrote about running and the Portland Trailblazers at Oregon Sports News

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