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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for September 4, 2014

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We're just a few hours away from kicking off the NFL's 2014 season. Get ready with our run-down of the final bits and pieces previewing the game.

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John Konstantaras

It's finally here. Green Bay Packers football is finally back, and it's back with a vengeance. After all, vengeance has been on Packers' fans minds all week long as the team prepares to play the Seattle Seahawks tonight at CenturyLink Field.

All the final previews from the Packers' bloggers and beat writers are ready, and we give you the rundown on those before we give you our final predictions and previews here at APC. Enjoy, and we'll see you back here tonight for the game!

Game plan to beat CenturyLink noise revealed |
Tom Clements is taking lessons from Mike McCarthy, saying that "the best thing to get the noise down is to eliminate big plays on their part and, when you get the ball, move it." You've got that right, Tom.

Aaron Rodgers uses sign language to run no-huddle | JSOnline
Communication will be critical for all parties this evening in the raucous environment of CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks have vulnerabilities a year after winning it all |
Among those issues are the health of their safeties and Marshawn Lynch (never a guarantee) and the personnel losses on both the offensive and defensive lines.

Inside Slant: John Parry is your referee - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Of course the referee assignment for tonight's game gets a lot of attention. And even before the emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding, Parry's crew was one of the units that called the most of those penalties in 2013.

Bruce Irvin might be messing with the wrong guy in Packers' Corey Linsley | ESPN
Good luck intimidating Linsley. The Packers' anchor should be pumped up tonight to put a good performance together - personally, I think he'll be able to open up some good running room for Eddie Lacy.

Kickoff 2014: So Excited | ESPN Wisconsin
Clay Matthews is pumped up for this year's Packers defense, and expects big things from them: "We feel like we’re physical, fast, aggressive and ready to make a statement and kind of get back to that defense we were accustomed to in 2009, 2010, early in my career."

NFL Watchability Index, Week 1: It's all downhill from here -
It should come as no surprise that tonight's game gets a perfect 5/5 Watchability rating, with only the train wreck of Washington/Houston coming close with a rating of 4 (for a very different set of reasons though).

Tecmo Bowl Futures - Packers vs. Seahawks | Cincy Jungle
Our SB Nation pals at the Bengals blog use high-tech methods to predict the result of tonight's game. Time to go low-tech after seeing that prediction.