The beginning of football season has arrived and we’re only days away from the Seahawks unveiling the championship banner at CenturyLink Field. There’s a ton of activities planned around the stadium, so even if you don’t have a ticket you’ll be able to join in the festivities. There’s even a large part of the north parking lot to rock out to Soundgarden before kickoff.
This game will be a great chance to see if the Seahawks can keep their streak of primetime blowouts alive. The Packers have weapons on both sides of the ball, but Green Bay historically has struggled to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the defense averaged nearly 31 points when going on the road last season.
On top of that, the Seahawks offense has shown that it can be incredibly efficient in the preseason. Russell Wilson has led the offense to a score on 11 of 13 drives. Only twice did they settle for a field goal. Wilson has been sharp and it’s unbelievably encouraging to think that he’s only going to get better.
So will this be another big win for the Seahawks? These two teams are very different since they played on Monday night in an infamous game (as far as Packers fans are concerned). Neither player involved in that play are on their respective teams and of course we have professional referees this time around.
Green Bay fans will point to the fact that Eddie Lacy wasn’t with the team the last time these two clubs faced off. Seattle fans are quick to point out it was Wilson’s third professional start. The Packers may have added Julius Peppers on defense (a 34-year-old guy Russell Okung has owned). I happen to think last year’s additions of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett are much better.
As good as the Packers offense might be, I still think the Packers deficiencies on defense are just too much to ignore. After that banner is unveiled, we all know the CLink is going to be rocking and we can expect it to be loud for all four quarters. It’s going to be a great game.
Let’s open this season right! GO HAWKS!!!
seahawks vs. packers live on afn/DTS
The NFL is kicking off the season right with a matchup of what could potentially be the two top teams in the NFC this season.
The Super Bowl Champs get to open the season in front the of whole world on Thursday Night Football and everyone will get to see the game played at CenturyLInk live.
The game is set to broadcast on both AFN and DTS Sports at 1730 PST on Thursday, 0030 GMT and 0500 in Afghanistan early Friday morning.
The Seahawks open up their final preseason game with a four-play, 80-yard touchdown drive and then proceed to close the season with a loss to the Raiders. Adam and Brandan talk about the ugly first and second quarter against Oakland’s new starting quarterback Derek Carr.
As expected, there were many more recognizable names among those cut from the 75 down to the 53-man roster. The guys break down some of the potential reasoning behind those decisions.
The first regular season matchup with the Packers is only days away! Adam starts the preview by feeling a bit nervous of the matchup, but as the two talk through it he feels much better about the potential for a win this week. Both agree the Packers will likely be the second-best team in the NFC.
John Hagengruber, life-long Green Bay Packers fan joins the show to help preview this year’s squad. John talks about the added dimension Eddie Lacy brings to the team, something the Packers didn’t have the last time these two teams faced, and some of the players to watch for on both sides of the ball.
In the last part of the show, we play a couple listener voicemails and thank those who have left reviews on iTunes and Stitcher. Brandan calls out an NFL writer for producing a meaningless list when there are plenty of other topics to write about now that the season is starting, and days after the league revises it’s policy on domestic abuse a 49ers player will be the first to be punished under that policy.
Adam gives commissioner Roger Goodell a “better at life” nod for acknowledging his mistake in the decision to suspend Ray Rice for only two games. Brandan’s pick is a Spokane high school student in the Make-a-Wish program fighting cystic fibrosis and was recently honored by the Seahawks.