Green Bay, WI - The Packers are getting ready to invade Seattle for the first time since the Fail Mary Robbery by Scab Zebra Lance Easley.
Much has changed since that night.
The Packers ship has continued to trend down gradually, while the Seahawks, of course, are now Super Bowl champions.
Both rosters are pretty similar, with the same QB's in charge.
But both have added some key pieces as well, since then.
For the Packers, additions are: Eddie Lacy at RB, Julius Peppers, Datone Jones, Micah Hyde, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
For Seattle, since then, they have added Percy Harvin as well as Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and O'Brien Schofield on defense.
Of course, Seattle QB Russell Wilson is not a rookie anymore, his training wheels long since removed.
Much more on this Week One, KICKOFF matchup coming soon......
When these two teams last met in Seattle, there was no Percy Harvin, no Eddie Lacy, no Julius Peppers, Cliff Avril, or Michael Bennett. Oh, but there was Lance Easley, the crooked scab zebra who stole that game.
The things to remember about that game was that it was a slugfest, a defensive struggle.
McCarthy came out with a Houston Oilers mid-80's Run & Shoot offensive gameplan, pass, pass pass. The Crowd noise there is louder than even the Metrodome when they were good and piped in artificial noise. It gave the Seattle edge, an interior, pass rushes the extra edge jumpstart, and it led to Rodgers getting sacked left & right. Rodgers was sacked SEVEN TIMES in the first half.
However, as long as Lacy can remain healthy these final few days of practice before kickoff on September 4th, the Packers will have a legit threat of a running game which they didn't have last time. And McCarthy learned his lesson at halftime of that game.
DuJuan Harris and James Starks are still healthy too. And if the zebras are as tight with the defensive pass interference and illegal contact as they have been this pre-season, then RIchard the Mouth Sherman will just be a guy. We'll see how that goes. He doesn't cover the teams best WR, as he just stays on that side. The Packers should put their worst WR over there and make him cover him. Run bubble screens and make the Mouth come up and tackle. Hopefully he gets run over, either by Boykin, Adams, or perhaps Earl Thomas.