Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke Sunday about what it's like to play in Seattle, how he feels going into this week's game and much more.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during warmups prior to last week's preseason game.
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By Paul ImigFOX Sports Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The regular season is here, and the Green Bay Packers get the chance to travel to Seattle to face the defending-champion Seahawks in the NFL opener. With a short week to prepare for what would be an upset if the Packers win, quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke Sunday about what it's like to play in Seattle, how he feels going into the game and much more.
Here are five question-and-answer highlights from the interview with Rodgers:
1. What needs to happen in order to beat such a physical defense like the Seahawks have?
RODGERS: "It's playing the way I want to play. It's trying to make good decisions. It's trying to be smart with the football and not turning the ball over. This defense thrives on turnovers and getting after you and hitting you and getting you off your spot, and you have to make accurate throws through windows that are even tighter with the amount of ground that they can cover. So you have to be accurate and you have to play smart and not turn the football over."
2. Just how loud is it to play in Seattle at CenturyLink Field?
RODGERS: "It is a loud environment. It's very loud. I've played in some comparable ones over the years. At Kansas City is a very loud outdoor environment, at the University of Oregon is a very loud environment, and obviously Seattle. I think those three are the ones that stick out when you think about my career and tough places to play. The non-verbal communication is at a premium and it's important that you find ways to try and get the crowd out of it. But those fans are very smart football fans. They know when to cheer. You're not going to be able to quiet them down unless you put up a lot of points."
3. What's the biggest difference between your first career start and now going into the NFL regular-season opener?
RODGERS: "I'd say I'm a little more relaxed. You know the first start was Monday Night Football, good division opponent (Minnesota Vikings), and it was, it wasn't the prettiest of starts. But we got a win in a home game against a good opponent. This is a game that we've been in before after we won the Super Bowl. We know the excitement that surrounds it. It's a highly-rated game. We're playing at a tough environment with the Super Bowl champions, so it's going to be a tough test for us."
4. How comfortable are you right now in working with Corey Linsley?
RODGERS: "Well, it's coming along. You know, Corey's a smart guy. He's played a lot of center in his time and he's going to be expected to play well. So we expect him to be able to keep up. I've said it a lot but he's got two incredible guards on both sides of him who are going to help him out with the calls and make sure that he's ready. But Corey's going to study hard, he's very well-coached and he's going to be ready to go."
5.) What does Eddie Lacy add to the offense in his second NFL season?
RODGERS: "He's a talented guy. He's a smart, smart player. He knows how to play the game. He plays at a very good tempo. He's a good runner. He's very instinctive with his run ability. He's got good feet for a guy his size, although he is dropping weight, which I'm sure he's told you. He's a talented guy in the protection schemes. And he can catch the ball out of the backfield. But it's like we've seen in this league, you need multiple backs to be successful. One guy I'm really, really proud of, the way he's played the last couple of years, is James Starks. James was on the bubble last year and he ended up making the team and then Eddie goes down and he steps in against Washington and has a big game and just continued throughout the season. When we needed that 1-2 punch, he was the guy we went to. He's done a great job. He understands protection schemes. He's caught the ball well out of the backfield. And you need multiple backs to be successful."