In the next couple weeks we’ll be getting a large dose of action in the NFL. Talk about the draft is escalating and fans are even more excited now that the 2014 NFL schedule has been released.
For the Green Bay Packers, week one is set up exactly how we thought it would be. The Green Bay Packers will be traveling to Seattle to kick off the 2014 season.
As far as a week-by-week analysis, it’s never too early. Starting with week one, I’ll go through and give some insight into the Packers’ opponent as well as give my “two cents.”
So, here we go.
Seattle will no doubt still be flying high from their Super Bowl pounding they gave the Denver Broncos. The 12th man will be loud, annoying, and expecting a continuation of their dominance from last season.
Seattle is bringing back Sidney Rice along with Doug Baldwin as wide receivers. They lost Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions, so another “Fail Mary” will have to wait a few more weeks. The Seahawks also signed offensive lineman Greg Van Roten after the Packers released him. A notable defensive player being re-signed by the Seahawks is defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who had 8.5 sacks in 2013. Kicker Steven Hauschka is also returning as a Seattle Seahawk.
With all that said about the Seattle Seahawks, the Packers will be the better team when opening kick-off comes around. Seattle is successful because of their defense, not their offense.
Packers will be returning an overall better offense than the Seahawks. Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb will no doubt come into the season ready to go. I can’t think of any body better at exploiting an opposing defense than Aaron Rodgers. Even when a defense is clicking Rodgers still finds ways to complete passes. With that being said, it will take a complete game from the lineman as well as everyone else on the team.
On defense, the Packers will be improved. Clay Matthews will be healthy and Julius Peppers will be donning the green and gold. Micah Hyde should be improved and the Packers will hopefully add some talent at safety in either Calvin Pryor or Haha Clinton-Dix through the draft. These guys should be able to contain Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch and subsequently give the Packers’ offense a chance to get ahead in the game.
The Seahawk offense has never been prolific, but the Packers’ offense has. As long as the Packers can keep the Seahawk defense guessing with a balanced playbook, I think some cold water can finally be thrown on Seattle’s party.
Many things can happen from now until September but this is how I see it right now. Packers fans should be optimistic about this matchup.