"I keep a lot of notes about games, pre-game and post-game, and just going back and reviewing those over the years, what worked, what I was thinking about certain times and just staying in a really positive head space". "We're real comfortable with it, so wait and see on game day". Throw in the solid protection Rodgers receives from his starting offensive line, along with his knack for maneuvering out of trouble, and the Seahawks will be hard-pressed to get to the quarterback, even with all their talent on defense.
Jared Goff, LA: Despite solid play during the preseason, don't expect Goff to make much of a fantasy impact this year under an evolving Rams offense. They have Earl Thomas this time, too, unlike their 38-10 blowout loss in December.
Both teams were eliminated by Atlanta last postseason - Seattle in the divisional round and Green Bay in the NFC title game. Tackle Brian Bulaga is uncertain to play, and with the running game lacking, the newly-minted "Death Row" defensive line will have its opportunities. It was pressure on Wilson past year that led to most of those five interceptions.
Perennial hopes to return to the Super Bowl might rest on whether the Packers can successfully answer familiar issues on the other side of the ball. Griffin will be a frequent target of Rodgers and the Packers' attack. The former Alabama running back said he's looking forward to facing his former team, but admitted it will be different being on the visitors' sideline. If Kyle Murphy has to start at right tackle, McCarthy will be forced to give him more help with a back or tight end on the still effective Cliff Avril off the edge. Nor is he so established that he won't be supplanted in favor of the impressive rookie, Shaquill Griffin. "We know all about him, a wide-bodied guy". He had one game with double-digit carries against the Chicago Bears, when he ripped off 162 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Rodgers may completely avoid throwing in Richard Sherman's direction, and no one would blame him.
Max McCaffrey could have gone back to Green Bay. The Packers were then thrilled when King was still available with the first pick in the second round. Accustomed to the homogeneous environment the team's draft-and-develop approach has created, both men are liking the infusion of ideas that come with veterans whose entire careers haven't been spent in Titletown.
Former track star Marquise Goodwin is part of a receiving corps that can stretch the field while an aggressive defense could turn out to be very good as they develop over the season. And after a year with New England's Bill Belichick and Tom Brady last year - and eight seasons with four other National Football League teams - he's got plenty of them. He and Matt Ryan had 56.
The biggest question is the same as last season: will the offensive line hold up? He has 18 sacks in four seasons.
His body type closely mirrors that of Packers' second-year defensive end Dean Lowry (6-6, 296), giving Green Bay's run defense another long-levered and versatile lineman. The Seahawks will give up some passing yards. Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson was named NFL Comeback Player of Year in 2016.
Green Bay boasts one of the NFL's oldest and most storied franchises but these two teams have developed much in the way of recent history.
PREDICTION: These teams are considered the NFC's best, so the victor takes a huge step in the hunt for home-field advantage.
In order to come out victorious, the Packers will have to do a lot.