Starter Pack: GB-Seattle could open '14

February, 3, 2014
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A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers are one of the possible opponents for the NFL's annual opening game against the reigning Super Bowl champions.

By virtue of winning the NFC North title in 2013, the Packers play at the NFC West champions -- which just so happens to be the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks.

Combine the intrigue that is sure to come with the first meeting between the two teams since the infamous “Fail Mary” game of 2012, and it might make for one of the best possible season openers, which is expected to take place on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Of course, the NFL schedule makers have other options for that marquee game, such as a rematch of the NFC Championship Game between the Seahawks and their NFC West-rival San Francisco 49ers. However, the 49ers are opening their new stadium in 2014 and therefore may be granted a Week 1 home game at the new Levi's Stadium.

And there's the possibility of a Super Bowl rematch because the Denver Broncos also play at Seattle this coming season, although perhaps the NFL wouldn't want a rematch of a 43-8 Super Bowl as its season opener.

Here are Seattle's eight home opponents: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
  • Running back Eddie Lacy won the AP's offensive rookie of the year on Saturday at the NFL Honors. He showed he can be a bruising, powerful runner. The only question about him remains his longevity.
  • Aaron Rodgers' 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the final minute of the Week 17 game against the Bears was voted as the NFL Never Say Never Moment of the Year.
  • Former Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, who recently resigned, is now the only player on the top-five list of career sacks not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He came up short again this year, suggesting voters think he was a one-trick pony.
  • And finally, in case you missed this from late last week, Seahawks general manager John Schneider took some time from his Super Bowl-week schedule to talk about his ties to the Packers and his hometown of Green Bay. Many around here wonder if someday he'll return.
Best of the rest:
  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde looked at how Schneider built the Seahawks' defense into a powerhouse and wondered if Packers GM Ted Thompson might follow his former underling's plan to rebuild his struggling defense.
  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Mike Vandermause profiled Schneider and his ties to the area.
  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Silverstein attended the NFL Honors program and talked to Lacy and Rodgers about what's next for the running back.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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