The Packers may very well reach the Super Bowl this season. They have the talent, the temperament and the drive.
But all they'll be reaching for on opening Thursday is their ankles.
The Seahawks haven't lost a single prime time home game in the Pete Carroll era. In fact, they routinely use the power of the 12th Man, Seattle's voracious fan base, to overpower intruders with their volume, breaking two loudness records last season alone.
Rumor has it that when the NFL was designing this season's schedule they intentionally shied away from giving Seattle prime time home games this year because they've tended to be blowouts in the past, and people change the channel during blowouts.
So, in 2014 the Seahawks have exactly one primetime home game and it comes on opening night.
So far, they look better on both sides of the ball than they did in their dominant Super Bowl winning season last year.
Which means the Packers are driving into a buzz saw.
On a night where they'll hoist the championship banner in The Clink, look for the Hawks to uncork a bottle of premium whoop-ass on a future Hall-of-Famer and make sure everyone knows that the road to Glendale and Super Bowl XLIX goes through Seattle.