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January 15, 2015 at 9:43 AM

Thursday Seahawks links and notes: Bennett says again “I think we’re number one in our era”

Of everything that Sunday’s game is for the Seahawks, one subplot is that it is another chance for the Seattle defense to make a case as one of the best in NFL history.

That’s not the main concern, obviously, but it’s something that makes for good reading — and some of the Seahawks play along when asked about it, notably defensive tackle Michael Bennett.

Bennett told a group of reporters on Wednesday that he thinks the Seattle defense is “No. 1 right now in our era” repeating what he has said in the past that you can’t really compare eras and that “there will be some team come around after us to say they are the best.”

Bennett noted again how the game has changed, saying he had recently watched a show on famed Chicaco linebacker Dick Butkus, who played in the ’60s and early ’70s, and that there is no way much of what he did would be allowed today.

But would he have wanted to play in that time?

“No,” he said with his trademark deadpan. “They didn’t get paid enough.”

Bennett, in fact, had a lot of fun with reporters yesterday, telling one local sports radio personality who asked about Eddie Lacy that Lacy had a physique similar to that reporter (whose nickname rhymes with Lofty).

“He’s kind of built like you, man,” Bennett said. “But he can run the ball really good, man. He breaks a lot of tackles. He can do a lot. He’s just a good back.”

Later, asked about the athleticism of Aaron Rodgers, he said “for his position he’s a great athlete. He’s able to run the ball, able to throw the ball the way he needs to throw it. You see Peyton Manning, my sister could beat him in the 40. But he’s able to throw the ball the way he needs to throw the ball.”

So there you go.

Now for a few other links to get your day started, with a reminder that we will have a lot of coverage throughout the day as the Seahawks again meet the media before and after practice. …

  • Times columnist Larry Stone writes to not expect Aaron Rodgers to avoid Richard Sherman again.
  • I wrote about Jermaine Kearse again coming up big.
  • Here’s our view from Green Bay on the Packers’ improved offensive line.
  • We’re hosting a live chat with former Seahawk Marcus Trufant today at 2 p.m.
  • Good preview here from NFL.com.
  • ESPN writes about Green Bay center Corey Linsley, the player Bruce Irvin prayed for before the first game but who has since become the team’s mainstay at the position.
  • ESPN’s Mike Sando with some key stats on the game.
  • Here’s ESPN’s Double Coverage preview of the game.
  • All of the coverage from the Green Bay Press Gazette.
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel with a good breakdown of what went wrong for Green Bay’s defense in the season opener.
  • A bunch of Packers’ links from ESPN.
  • CBSSports.com with 15 things to know about the game.
  • FoxSports.com with five keys that will decide the game.
  • A preview from Yahoo.com.

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