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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for April 24, 2014

The NFL schedule is finally here, and the week one matchup with Seattle is getting top billing around the league.

Otto Greule Jr

I'll be honest - I did not think that the NFL was going to make the Packers-Seahawks game the season opener on Thursday Night in Week One. I believed that the league would not want months and months of discussion revolving around the Fail Mary game and the debacle that was the replacement referee saga. I thought that even though the league tends to avoid divisional matchups for the opening game, an NFC Championship Game rematch between the 49ers and Seahawks still made more sense.

That's what I get for thinking.

As you now know, the Packers' trip to Seattle is indeed the opener, and we'll have four-plus months to discuss it ad nauseum. That discussion starts early in today's cheese curds.

NFL wary of putting Seahawks home games in prime-time due to recent blowouts | ProFootballTalk
Well I guess we'll just have to see about that in week one, won't we?

Draft analysis: Ranking Ted Thompson's cornerback selections | Packersnews
For whatever it's worth, I think Casey Hayward will change that in 2015.

Eli Manning, Giants envision their offense being similar to the Packers |
With Ben McAdoo at the helm, it makes sense. It should be very interesting to see if Eli Manning can run an offense like Aaron Rodgers. I have my doubts.

Mike McCarthy comments on the Packers 2014 schedule - Lombardi Ave
Shocker: Mike McCarthy doesn't want to focus on the Fail Mary game, but instead wants to discuss the 2014 team.

UCLA OLB Cassius Marsh on Green Bay: "It Would Be Awesome to Be There" | Cheesehead TV
CTV has been doing a great job finding quotes from under-the-radar prospects, and outside linebacker Cassius Marsh is the latest one.

The Notebook: What to make of Ra'Shede Hageman -
Hageman's inconsistency will be difficult to manage: "To say that Ra'Shede Hageman is raw would be disrespectful to sushi." Could Mike Trgovac and the Packers' defensive line help motivate him to be a great player all the time? I honestly have no idea.

Jumps Off the Tape, Kevin Norwood: A quarterback's best friend -
Norwood sounds a little bit like James Jones in his ability to fight for tough catches in the red zone and on third downs.