Packers versus Seahawks preview capsule

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders  during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

GREEN BAY (8-8-1) at SEATTLE (16-3)

Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE – Seahawks by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD (2013) – Green Bay 6-10, Seattle 11-5

SERIES RECORD – Packers lead 10-6

LAST MEETING – Seahawks beat Packers 14-12, Sept. 24, 2012

AP PRO32 RANKING – Packers No. 4, Seahawks No. 1

PACKERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (3), RUSH (7), PASS (6)

PACKERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (25), RUSH (25), PASS (24)

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE – OVERALL (17), RUSH (4), PASS (26)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (7T), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – First meeting since disputed “Fail Mary” touchdown catch by Golden Tate on final play to give Seattle 14-12 victory two seasons ago. Call was made by replacement officials and helped lead to resolution between league and regular officials. … Second time in four seasons Packers are playing in season opener; opened 2011 against Saints. … Only two road teams have won NFL kickoff game since 2002. … Third straight season Packers are opening against team from NFC West. … Since 2008, QB Aaron Rodgers has second-highest passer rating (101.7) and second-most touchdowns (90) on road. … RB Eddie Lacy led NFL rookies with 1,178 yards rushing last season, won Offensive Rookie of year honors. … Rookie Corey Linsley to start at center after J.C. Tretter hurt knee two weeks ago. … LB Julius Peppers to make Green Bay debut after spending last four seasons with Chicago. … LB Clay Matthews returning from thumb injury. Had 7 ½ sacks in 11 games last season. … S Micah Hyde making first start after playing CB last season. Packers also drafted Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to bolster safety play. … Seahawks have dropped two of last three season openers. … Seahawks 9-1 in prime-time regular-season games under coach Pete Carroll. … Russell Wilson one of four QBs to win Super Bowl title in first or second season in league. Wilson’s 24 regular-season wins most by QB in first two seasons. … Seattle’s starting offense scored on 11 of 13 possessions during preseason, including nine touchdowns. … RB Marshawn Lynch leads NFL with 19 100-yard rushing games since 2011. … WR Percy Harvin appeared in only one 2013 regular-season game recovering from hip surgery, but had seven receptions and averaged 13.1 yards per catch in limited preseason action. … Rookie Justin Britt getting start at RT after winning job in training camp. … DT Kevin Williams making Seattle debut after 12 seasons and five All-Pro selections in Minnesota. … CB Richard Sherman leads NFL with 20 interceptions since 2011. … K Steven Hauschka made 41 of 43 FGs last season, playoffs included. Of the two misses, one was blocked, other hit upright.

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