With roughly 24 hours to go now until what looms as the most interesting game of the exhibition season, time to take a little look at the Green Bay Packers, who will host the Seahawks Friday at 5 p.m. Seattle time at historic Lambeau Field (above in an Associated Press photo).
The Packers are getting a good look at the NFC West in the preseason, having lost at home to Arizona 17-0 and beaten St. Louis 19-7 (results and stats here).
And they also might be a little emotionally geared up for this one after coach Mike McCarthy ripped their effort following Wednesday’s practice.
Here are a few more just random notes and links on the Packers. …
— Here is Green Bay’s depth chart. And as someone who covered UW football for a long time until a few months ago, a couple things stand out there. One is David Bakhtiari as the team’s starting left tackle — he played at Colorado last season before leaving early for the NFL. Another is backup fullback Jonathan Amosa, who played at Washington, earning a scholarship as a walk-on, and is attempting to beat out John Kuhn for the starting fullback job — a tough task. Amosa also played at Rainier Beach in Seattle.
— And in case you’d forgotten, the Packers recently signed Vince Young, and he could be the backup to Aaron Rodgers this season. Here’s an update on Young. Figures he’ll play some against the Seahawks tomorrow.
— Recall also that the Packers are moving to more no-huddle stuff, which seemed to cause the Seahawks some trouble last week when run by Peyton Manning, though Seattle obviously came up with the big plays when needed to stop it. Regardless, could be another good test for the Seahawks of that offense.
— Also, an interesting note here from Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers noting that he really doesn’t expect to see the Seahawks run much read-option stuff. That’s a good point to keep in mind when assessing the success of Seattle’s offense in the exhibition season.
— A really good breakdown here of Green Bay’s roster.
— As Seahawks.com notes, the one Seahawk with the closest connection to Green Bay is cornerback Will Blackmon, who began his career there.
— Finally, probably the most up-to-date info you can get on the Packers here in a Thursday chat with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writer Tom Silverstein.