|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1||1-1||2-1||28.0||12.3||374.7||(5.6)||1.3||29.7||10.0||356.3||(6.4)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.7||11.4||21.7||30:53||29-133||(4.6)||23-35||64.3%||260||(7.4)||64-393||(6.2)||(15.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.9||12.1||20.3||30:27||27-116||(4.3)||22-36||61.4%||243||(6.7)||63-359||(5.7)||(14.4)|
|Offense Road Games||26.7||11.5||20.6||29:10||27-119||(4.4)||22-34||63.4%||269||(7.9)||61-389||(6.4)||(14.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||26.5||11.5||20.7||30:00||27-127||(4.7)||20-33||61.2%||245||(7.3)||61-373||(6.1)||(14.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24||11.8||20||30:10||26-112||(4.2)||22-36||60.6%||242||(6.7)||62-354||(5.7)||(14.7)|
|Defense Road Games||30.9||13.1||20.6||30:50||26-113||(4.3)||21-33||65.2%||274||(8.3)||59-387||(6.6)||(12.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.5||1.5||-0.1||13-5||40.5%||1-1||71.4%||3-53||(20.4)||2-20||(11.3)||5-48|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||1.9||14-5||38.7%||1-1||53.9%||3-61||(22.7)||20-2||(9.7)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.4||0.7||2.1||-0.4||13-6||43.9%||1-1||62.5%||2-33||(17.6)||2-31||(16.4)||5-51|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.6||1.4|| ||13-5||38.9%||1-1||61.1%||4-98||(26)||1-17||(12.8)||6-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||13-5||38.6%||1-0||50.0%||3-68||(23.4)||21-2||(10.6)||6-51|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.9||0.9||1.7|| ||12-5||38.5%||1-0||80.0%||4-101||(27)||1-22||(16.4)||6-52|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.1||2-1||1-2||29.7||13.7||308.7||(5.7)||0.3||13.3||3.3||341.0||(5.6)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||26.6||13.2||18.5||30:36||32-137||(4.3)||16-26||63.4%||197||(7.6)||57-334||(5.8)||(12.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.4||11.4||19.5||30:02||26-108||(4.1)||22-35||62.1%||228||(6.6)||61-336||(5.5)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||27.9||12.9||19.3||30:57||34-140||(4.2)||16-25||63.5%||199||(8)||59-339||(5.8)||(12.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.3||7.4||17.9||30:22||26-101||(3.9)||20-34||59.5%||183||(5.4)||59-284||(4.8)||(19.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23||11.7||19.6||30:16||27-109||(4.1)||21-35||61.7%||231||(6.7)||61-340||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||14.2||6.4||16.5||29:43||27-102||(3.8)||18-31||57.0%||173||(5.5)||58-275||(4.7)||(19.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.6||1.1||1.4||13-5||38.1%||1-0||43.7%||2-49||(24)||3-31||(10.9)||8-74|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||2||13-5||37.9%||1-0||46.3%||2-55||(23.5)||19-2||(8.9)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.5||0.6||1.1||1.4||13-5||37.7%||1-0||55.6%||2-61||(24.6)||3-27||(9.6)||7-69|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.7||0.8||2.5|| ||13-5||34.9%||1-0||36.8%||3-68||(23.6)||1-5||(4.2)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-0||49.4%||2-53||(23.3)||17-2||(8.3)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.8||0.7||2.5|| ||13-4||32.6%||1-0||41.7%||3-68||(23.3)||1-7||(5.1)||8-65|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GREEN BAY 20.2, SEATTLE 21.9|
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|GREEN BAY: While the personnel has changed, there haven't been a whole lot of adjustments to the Packers' running game over the past couple of seasons. They still use a zone-heavy blocking scheme, with big backs pounding between the tackles. Eddie Lacy is in for a feature-back workload this year, with James Starks picking up the scraps. Johnathan Franklin's retirement leaves DuJuan Harris for a roster spot. Lacy is at his best going downhill on inside zone runs, similar to what he executed at Alabama. He took a big red-zone workload last year and will do so again. Even with quarterback Aaron Rodgers healthy for 16 games, Green Bay will still get enough scoring chances for Lacy despite skewing pass-heavy in the red zone again. Lacy, not John Kuhn, now takes goal-line carries as well. Kuhn serves as a lead blocker and occasional short-yardage guy.|
McCarthy's West Coast offense mixes in a lot of deep shots. Rodgers will continue to move around and look for Jordy Nelson on the perimeter as his primary target. Randall Cobb is Green Bay's chess piece, lining up as a boundary receiver, slot man and also in the backfield. Jarrett Boykin will see extended action as James Jones' replacement, and they figure to run a lot of three-wide sets. Nelson was targeted most often inside the 20, though Boykin emerged as a favorite of Rodgers' in the red zone too.
The Packers will remain one of the better sack teams in the NFL with the addition of defensive end Julius Peppers and a healthy outside linebacker Clay Matthews (168.5 combined career sacks). The concerns with this team are the amount of points and yards it allows, and the secondary doesn't make as many plays as it used to.
|SEATTLE: Under head coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have churned out yards behind a zone-blocking scheme, first overseen by Alex Gibbs and now by Tom Cable. They use a lot of inside zone plays to free up Marshawn Lynch for yardage between the tackles. Lynch took a huge workload last year, and could give way to Christine Michael and Robert Turbin a bit more often this season. Seattle also gets a lot of rushing yards out of quarterback Russell Wilson, who takes the option to run on a lot of designed rollouts. The red zone is typically all Lynch all the time, as he had nearly two-thirds of their red zone touches. That won't change this year.|
Seattle utilizes Wilson's mobility by moving the pocket around a lot'Wilson also moves when it isn't by design due to his lack of size and Seattle's shaky pass protection. They'll move Percy Harvin around and feature him in catch-and-run situations as the likely focal point of the passing game. The other receivers, some mix of Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Sidney Rice and rookie Paul Richardson, will work downfield. They'll use Zach Miller as a check- down option, while Lynch is occasionally used in the screen game. When they throw in the red zone, Miller was most often their top weapon in the end zone.
Seattle led the NFL in scoring defense, total defense, red-zone defense and interceptions in 2013. The 'Legion of Boom' may miss cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, but All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas still remain. The front seven is still stacked with defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, who combined for 16.5 sacks for the Seahawks last season.
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(CORRECTS NFC Central to NFC North)
*Packers-Seahawks Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
The Seattle Seahawks benefited from a memorable, but controversial, call to beat Green Bay the last time the Packers visited in 2012.
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks have since proved they're capable of handling the NFL's top teams on their own while rising to the top of the league.
Eager to build on their championship season, the Seahawks face the Packers in front of what's sure to be a raucous crowd Thursday night.
"We've all been waiting to get this thing started," coach Pete Carroll, whose team is 15-1 at home during the regular season the past two years, told the Seahawks' official website.
A team that led the NFL in scoring defense (14.4 points per game) and average yards allowed (273.6), capped a stellar 13-3 season by stymieing Peyton Manning and Denver's league-leading offense in the 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII rout.
With that defense pretty much intact and the improvement of quarterback Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch in the backfield and a healthy Percy Harvin, Seattle remains the class of the league.
"They play with a lot of confidence, have a little swagger about `em, and it's a tough place to play," Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.
Lynch has rushed for 4,624 yards and 41 touchdowns in the regular season since joining the Seahawks in 2010.
A hip injury limited Harvin to one regular-season game in 2013, but he recovered from that and a concussion in time to rush twice for 45 yards and return the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a TD in the Super Bowl.
Wilson, meanwhile, posted a 101.2 passer rating that was seventh in the NFL last season. His 112.8 rating at home the last two seasons trails only Drew Brees and Manning. His 31 TDs during that span are tied for fourth.
He also looked sharp guiding an offense that recorded nine touchdowns and two field goals in 13 possessions with him on the field in four preseason games.
"I think you have to be very impressed with their offense," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "On Russell Wilson and their ability to stay in favorable down and distance and keep the mix of the run and the pass.
"They've always been outstanding running the football, but they look like they're a lot more balanced now."
That's one of many challenges facing the Packers, but another they confidently welcome on a primetime stage.
"We knew when the (2013) season was over that we were traveling to play Seattle. So, heck, why not do it Week 1," McCarthy said.
The last time the teams met in Seattle, the Seahawks concluded a 14-12 victory Sept. 24, 2012, in a much-talked about fashion.
With the clock winding down, Wilson heaved a desperation pass from Green Bay's 39-yard line into the end zone and the replacement officials ruled that Golden Tate scored while gaining simultaneous possession with defensive back M.D. Jennings. The play instantly became known as "The Fail Mary," and within days the NFL settled its labor dispute with referees.
"Those things happen," Carroll said. "It's what makes us keep coming back. We love the games. We watch so much because of the surprise and the uniqueness of the experience all the time."
With Tate in Detroit and Jennings in Chicago, neither can reminisce about the moment Thursday, and it likely won't be on the mind of those current Packers come kickoff.
With Rodgers prepared to play a full season after missing seven games with a collarbone injury and reigning offensive rookie of the year Eddie Lacy in the backfield, the Packers expect to again be balanced while challenging for a fourth straight NFC North title.
In limited time, Rodgers ranked fifth with a 104.9 passer rating while throwing for 2,536 yards with 17 TDs and six interceptions.
Lacy finally provided the Packers with some balance as they tied for fourth in the league at 4.7 yards per carry and ranked seventh averaging 133.5 per contest after averaging no more than 106.4 the previous three seasons.
Lacy's 1,178 yards ranked eighth and his 11 touchdowns were third in the NFL.
With receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb as Rodgers' main targets, the Packers plan to be even harder to stop by incorporating more no-huddle sets.
"We're going to try to go out and do what we do best and that's our no-huddle," said Nelson, who set career highs with 85 catches and 1,314 yards last season.
"Speed the tempo up and try to be successful."
The Packers' main area of concern again falls on protecting Rodgers, whose 139 times sacked since 2010 are the most among NFC quarterbacks. He was sacked eight times while throwing for 223 yards and no touchdowns at Seattle in 2012.
Chris Clemons recorded four of them, but he and defensive tackle Red Bryant are in Jacksonville. However, Michael Bennett and Chris Avril return after combining for 16 1/2 sacks last season.
Green Bay was tied for 24th in scoring defense (26.8 ppg) and 25th in average yards allowed (372.3) last year, but hopes the addition of Julius Peppers and his 118 1/2 career sacks and first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will help improve that unit.
Clay Matthews is back after a thumb injury forced him to miss five games and the 23-20 playoff loss to San Francisco.
Defensive tackle B.J. Raji, however, was lost to a season-ending biceps injury.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 5:42:41 AM EST|