Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks: Different this time around

Seattle –  The city of hipsters and an 0-1 football team.

Yeah, Pete Carroll. Take that.

Fortunately for the Packers, there will be a couple main differences when they square off on Thursday.

The last time the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks met during the regular season, the ‘you-know-what’ really hit the fan.

The replacement ref rage was blown open that night.  I was one of 70,000 voicemails left with the NFL offices in New York.  I never heard back.

This week, Pete Carroll said that they (the refs), called it the way they saw it.  Well, Pete, I’m calling it the way I see it.

Fortunately for the Packers, there will be a couple main differences when they square off on Thursday. The first difference is that there will be no replacement refs on the field.

Aaron Rodgers. Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Aaron Rodgers. Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The second and greater difference is a man named Eddie Lacy. Let me ask you a question – Who led the Packers in rushing when the Packers lost in Seattle 14-12?

Remember Cedric Benson? I bet not many people want to remember him.

Yeah, 17 carries for 45 yards will not press a defense into any hard choices at all.

Seattle was able to essentially play Aaron Rodgers all night long, sacking him 8 times in the first half.

This time, Eddie Lacy will make the Seattle Seahawks respect the run. If they do not, it will be a ‘run Eddie run’ type of night.  Go ahead, Seattle, load the box. That’ll give Rodgers the chance to make things happen through the air.

The Packers are a different team this time in Seattle. Balanced is the word I’ll use. Seattle is also a different team.  They now have a Super Bowl to their name but we all know that a Lombardi trophy will not determine who wins this game and it won’t come easy for either team.

I feel good about this game, everybody.

The winner will no doubt be crowned the early season number one.  

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