For the 11th straight year, the defending Super Bowl champions will kick off the start of the NFL season. On Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers as they start their title defense in 2014.
The winners of the previous Super Bowl have historically performed very well in Week One. From 2004-2011, the champs went undefeated in season openers. The last two seasons, however, have seen the opposing teams win, including the Denver Broncos in 2013, who blew out the Baltimore Ravens by 22 points.
Seattle has been listed as a significant favorites, giving Green Bay six points, after the betting line was set at 5.5 points earlier in the week. The over/under has moved up to 47 points, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers face the top defense from last year.
Neither team is dealing with any major injuries. The Seahawks will be without running back Christine Michael and backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre, who has been placed on injured reserve. Linebacker Bruce Irvin is listed as probable, but will almost certainly play.
Four players are listed on the Packers’ injury report, with JC Tretter set to miss the contest because of a knee injury that has him on injured reserve. He’ll be replaced by rookie Corey Linsley, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
While CBS and the NFL Network will begin carrying Thursday Night Football next week, the Week One contest will air on NBC. The first game of the season won’t only be available on TV. Viewers can watch Green Bay vs. Seattle with a live stream online via NBC Sports Live Extra.
The game is set to start at 8:30 p.m. ET. It marks one of four primetime contests for the Seahawks this year. The Packer have five night start times on their 2014 schedule.