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Thursday Round-Up: What to know ahead of tonight's NFL opener between the Seahawks and Packers

Posted Sep 4, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, September 4 - about your Seattle Seahawks as they ready for their regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Seattle's CenturyLink Field. 

Where To Watch, Listen & Follow

Tonight's game between the Seahawks and Packers will be televised nationally on NBC (channel 5 in Seattle). Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT with Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (commentary), and Michele Tafoya (sidelines) on the call.

On radio, you can find tonight's game on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM where you'll hear former Seahawks wideout Steve Raible (play-by-play), Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon (commentary), and Jen Mueller (sidelines) in your ear. You can also hear tonight's action on 1490 ESPN Deportes, with Noe Menendez, Rene Aleman, and Tony Hernandez on the call.

And as always, you can follow stats, social media updates, gameday stories, photos, and videos right here at Seahawks.com.

Team Captains Named

Quarterback Russell Wilson (offense), strong safety Kam Chancellor (defense), punter Jon Ryan and kicker Steven Hauschka (special teams) are your captains for the 2014 season, head coach Pete Carroll announced after Wednesday's walk-thru practice.

“We have terrific leadership on this football team, I’m really proud to say that,” Carroll said. “But they singled out a few guys.”

Wilson captained the offense a season ago. But it's new territory for Chancellor on the defensive side of the football, filling the large shoes of departed defensive end Red Bryant.

"I definitely was surprised,” Chancellor said. “Then I went home and just thought about it, talked to some people and I’m just ready to walk worthy of my calling. God put me in this situation for a reason. There’s a purpose in everything and this is my purpose right here."

Pete Carroll On Marshawn Lynch: "Let It Rip"

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, the team's leading rusher the past four seasons who has played sparingly through preseason, is in line for a full workload tonight against the Packers.

"He looks the fittest he’s been since we’ve been around," Carroll said when asked if Lynch's production may decline with age. "This is the best we’ve seen him at this time of year. Hopefully that’s a great indication that he’s ready to go and age has nothing to do with it."

Possible Surgery Coming For Tharold Simon

Second-year cornerback Tharold Simon, who sat out practice this week while tending to a knee injury, may have to get "some things cleaned up" in the next couple days, Carroll said.

"It looks like he’s going to have some work done on his knees," Carroll told reporters on Wednesday. "Get real minor stuff to get done. Got to get some things cleaned up. We are going to try and get this done really quickly. If all stays on course, he will get a little something done in the next couple days.

"There’s still a little bit of questioning because what’s going on is real minimal, but we think it might be the time to do it, we will see."

Injury Update

In addition to Simon (knee), other players who have been ruled out of tonight's matchup include tight end Cooper Helfet (knee), running back Christine Michael (hamstring), and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring).

Cornerback Jeremy Lane (groin), linebacker Bruce Irvin (hip), and wide receiver Kevin Norwood (ankle) are probable to play.

Lemuel Jeanpierre To IR; Phil Bates Returns

Wide receiver Phil Bates, who made the team's initial cut-down to 53 players this past Saturday, Aug. 30 but was released on Monday, Sept. 1, was re-signed yesterday after center Lemuel Jeanpierre (neck) was moved to injured reserve.  Bates' addition gives the Seahawks' eight wide receivers on their active roster.

Roger Goodell: "It's Really Another Level Here In Seattle"

On site at Renton's Memorial Stadium last night to announce a new Play 60 program that will make it easier for kids to enjoy flag football, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell added a comment on the NFL's opening game between the Seahawks and Packers.

"It's very exciting for us," Goodell said. "Obviously, this is a great time of year. Everybody's undefeated. Everybody's got high hopes. You can feel the passion here. You can feel the energy as soon as you came into town that people are ready for football to start.

"We see that nationwide, but it's really another level here in Seattle," he added. "They're ready to obviously greet their Super Bowl team back and get this season started."

The Picks Are In

Eight-of-eight writers at CBSSports.com and nine-of-10 contributors at ESPN.com have selected the Seahwaks to emerge victorious over the Packers tonight at CenturyLink Field.

Terry Blount of ESPN.com offers a preview and prediction of tonight's contest with fellow ESPN.com Packers writer Rob Demovsky.

Blount writes: "This is a tough opener for the Seahawks, but I don't think any team could come to CenturyLink in this situation and beat Seattle. For the first time in franchise history, the 12s get to celebrate an opening game with their team as the defending Super Bowl champs. That crowd, always the loudest in the league, is going to be in an absolute frenzy. No matter what Marshawn Lynch does, there may be another Beast Quake seismic event. The championship banner will be unfurled and all the momentum and emotions will go to the home team. It's a no-brainer victory for the Seahawks. Seahawks 28, Packers 20"

And Jim Moore of 710Sports.com predicts a 30-27 Seahawks victory.

Halftime Entertainment

Be sure to stay in your seats at halftime for a special ceremony featuring Seahawks Hall of Fame members Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, and Walter Jones.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from ESPN's Numbers Never Liewhich shares a neat segment on why the Seahawks are favored to repeat as Super Bowl champions. 

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth details how quarterback Russell Wilson spent his summer.

I polled several Seahawks to put together another weekly music playlist ahead of tonight's game against the Packers and share Carroll's thoughts on the NFL's new Bose headsets.

A reminder that undercover law enforcement officers will be wearing opposing team garb during every game at CenturyLink Field.

These are the seven things you should know about today's pregame concert featuring Pharrell Williams and Seattle's own Soundgarden.

Quarterback Russell Wilson and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews are featured in a new commercial for Bose headphones, a fitting pairing with tonight's matchup in mind.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times shares six things to watch in tonight's game.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times comments on the Seahawks' road to a Super Bowl repeat.

Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune says defending the big stage is what coach Carroll has been preparing for all along.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders if the Seahawks are "America's Team" with all the new attention on the Northwest.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com puts the spotlight on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy and asks if running back Marshawn Lynch can still carry the load for the Seahawks.

Brett Cihon of Q13FOX.com outlines five things to watch during tonight's game, one of which is how Packers rookie center Corey Linsley will fare against the Seahawks' defensive line.

And Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com eyes tonight's battle at quarterback between the Seahawks' Russell Wilson and Packers' Aaron Rodgers.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto