Packers hit the practice field: Team takes on Seattle Thursday in regular-season opener

SEATTLE/GREEN BAY (WITI/AP) — Thursday night begins the 94th regular season for the Green Bay Packers, and Sunday was the beginning of a full week of preparation -- as both the Packers and the Super Bowl champion Seahawks hit the practice field.

"It'll be a good time. Like I said, the atmosphere will be great. The stage will be great. You always like playing on national TV, you know. Everyone's watching and like you said, it's a great opportunity for all of us. These are the games we look forward to, you know. This will be about probably as close as you can get to a playoff game," Packers WR Jordy Nelson said.

Throughout the preseason, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and the starting offense of the Seattle Seahawks were never really stopped.

Wilson was on the field for 13 possessions in the four preseason games and directed Seattle to nine touchdowns, two field goals and just one punt in those 13 opportunities.

It's was an impressive rate of success, even for games that don't have much meaning or have opponents game planning to try and stop the Seahawks offense.

How much that can carry into the regular season is one of the biggest questions for Seattle headed into Thursday night's season opener against Green Bay.

Seattle returned to practice on Sunday to begin prepping for the Packers with wide receiver Percy Harvin on the field after missing the final preseason game at Oakland last week for personal reasons.

Meanwhile, at Lambeau Field on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers were getting into regular-season mode -- taking part in practice.

One of the assistant coaches was heard saying: "Do it over again. This isn't a jog through."

Indeed it's not, as the team gets ready to give it their all at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night vs. the Seahawks.

"It's going to be awesome! I'm excited. Never played there before. Heard a lot about it. This is just going to be a nice match-up, you know. Super Bowl champions last year -- going into their house. It's going to be exciting, you know. I can't wait," Packers S Micah Hyde said.

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy addressed the media in his first regular-season post-practice press conference on Sunday.

"This was clearly one of our better camps. I feel very blessed and fortunate to have our guys. We are now focused on our first game. We know it will take four quarters to win on Thursday. There is a lot more preparation for preparing for these types of (loud) games. This is what you work for. It's important to get off on the right foot. We are excited to see what happens," McCarthy said.

This will make the third straight season the Packers have opened their regular season against a team from the NFC West -- that could be the toughest division in football.

McCarthy said Sunday Matt Flynn is the No. 2 quarterback, and Corey Linsley will start at center -- replacing the injured JC Tretter.

Also on Sunday -- the Packers signed 10 players to the practice squad. They are: S Chris Banjo, WR Kevin Dorsey, C Garth Gerhart, WR Alex Gillett, RB Michael Hill, LB Adrian Hubbard, TE Justin Perillo, DE Luther Robinson, T Jeremy Vujnovich and WR Myles White.

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