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Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports) Courtesy of

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013, file photo,k Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tries to get away from Green Bay Packers' C.J. Wilson during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis. As Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Packers on Sept. 4. That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the ''Fail Mary.'' Russell Wilson's desperation pass on the final play was called a touchdown reception for Golden Tate by the replacement officials. ''It will be about the 2014 Green Bay Packers. It's the third straight season the Packers have traveled to face the defending Super Bowl champions.

Yahoo! Wed, Apr 23
NFL Draft preview: Packers' roster far from settled (The SportsXchange) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
GREEN BAY -- Consider the Green Bay Packers forewarned. Like it or not, they now know they will be first up in the NFL's season-opening game, the night of Sept. 4, on the road against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks with the release of the league schedule Wednesday. That gives Green Bay less than 4 1/2 months to get what already has been unfolding as a significant offseason of transition squared away, ironed out and in optimum condition for a challenging start to the 2014 season. General manager Ted Thompson is focused on his favorite time of the offseason, the three-day draft May 8-10. Yahoo! Thu, Apr 24
Source: South Carolina QB Connor Shaw visiting Browns today (National Football Post) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
South Carolina standout meeting with AFC North franchise today Yahoo! Thu, Apr 24
Was the NFL worried about a Broncos-Seahawks repeat in the season opener? (Shutdown Corner) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Most of us don't think about the gymnastics that go into making the NFL schedule. We just complain that the league will never announce the exact date when it will be announced, then enjoy fantasizing about the matchups once it's released, while finding where our favorite team was slighted. Peter King of MMQB.com had a great look at how complicated it is to put together the schedule, and it included a few very interesting tidbits, including King speculating that the league made Packers at Seahawks the Thursday night season opener because it was worried that Broncos-Seahawks would be a repeat of the 43-8 blowout in Super Bowl XLVIII. "The league obviously thought a Denver-Seattle opener was risky—based on the outcome of the Super Bowl. Those are my words, not theirs," King wrote.  It's an interesting thought, because most people assumed the season opener would be the Seahawks hosting their main rival, San Francisco, or the defending AFC champion Broncos. The Super Bowl champion starts the season on the Thursday of Week 1, a fantastic tradition the NFL started a few years back that is generally the most anticipated game on the schedule. So we knew the Seahawks would be included. And the Packers are a fine opponent, just a surprise. In King's piece the NFL schedule makers explained that those three teams were the top candidates, and Dallas was briefly considered. They said San Francisco-Seattle was better suited for later in the year. But it wasn't explained why the Broncos weren't the choice. “We thought there were three likely possibilities for the opener: San Francisco, Denver and Green Bay,” NFL senior vince president of broadcasting Howard Katz said. “I guess we could’ve played Dallas, but we really liked Dallas for the FOX doubleheader for Week 1. Dallas also had Texas Rangers conflicts the first month of the season. Putting them on the road in Week 1 might have doomed them for four or five road games in the first few weeks. I thought we had a better place to use the San Francisco-Seattle game, because it has become such an incredibly great rivalry game. It seemed to us that saving that game for later in the season on NBC was probably a smarter move. Green Bay felt right.” King made it clear he was just guessing why the Broncos weren't the season-opening opponent for Seattle, and there might have been other reasons the Broncos weren't in that game. CBS ended up getting the Broncos-Seahawks game, in Week 3. It's a good bet that CBS fought to get that game, which will do great ratings. Every team and network makes requests that are considered. Even if the league was worried about 43-8 Part Deux, when has anyone willfully turned down the chance to put Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on in prime time? Still, it's an interesting theory from King. The rest of King's story is a must-read because it gives any NFL fan a glimpse behind the curtain of making the schedule. And not everyone gets what they want. The schedule makers talked about how each of the schedules spit out by the computer generally had some flaw they wanted to avoid. As is, the Seahawks seem to have gotten slighted, with just one home prime-time game, something that's unheard of for a Super Bowl champion. And the one prime-time home game is the opener, which was a given. The Bears, who didn't make the playoffs in 2013, have the maximum five prime-time games. All of this won't make the people of Seattle happy. But there's not much getting around that. When putting together a 256-piece puzzle like the NFL schedule, someone's going to end up being angry. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab Yahoo! Thu, Apr 24
Wednesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
BOSTON (AP) -- Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. Yahoo! Thu, Apr 24
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