SEATTLE — The new NFL season kicks-off on Thursday night with defending champions the Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Game will be live on NBC at 8:30 PM ET
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Both teams enjoyed a relatively good preseason, with the Packers going 3-1 from their four games, while the Seahawks went 2-2 in their preparations.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, whose team is 15-1 at home during the regular season the past two terms, is excited to get the campaign underway, as he seeks another season opener victory to move above every other coaches before him at the club in opening game wins.
The Seahawks, though, will have to go into their title defense without several injured players, including tight end Cooper Helfet and cornerback Tharold Simon, who are both suffering from knee problems.
The club confirmed that Simon may have to do “a minor procedure” to take care of his lingering problem.
“It looks like he’s going to have some work done on his knee,” Carroll said on www.seahawks.com. “He’s got some real minor stuff to get done.
“He’s got to get some stuff cleaned up. We’re going to try and do this real quickly. If all stays on course, he’ll get a little something done in the next couple of days.
“There’s still some question, because what’s going on is real minimal. But we think it might be the time to do it.”
Meanwhile, Bruce Irvin (hip), Jeremy Lane (groin) and Kevin Norwood (ankle) were all listed as probable for Seattle and will all be game time decisions.
Visiting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers head into Thursday night’s opener full of confidence, following an impressive preparation phase, but there’ll come into the game with some caution.
“They (Seahawks) play with a lot of confidence, have a little swagger about `em, and it’s a tough place to play,” said Rodgers.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy expects a tough contest as well, but is happy to get the season started against the defending champions.
“We knew when the (2013) season was over that we were traveling to play Seattle,” McCarthy said. “So, heck, why not do it Week 1.”