By: Chris Taylor
The 2014 NFL Regular Season will kickoff in Seattle on Thursday September 4, when the Green Bay Packers invade CenturyLink Field to take on the Seahawks.
The Seattle Seahawks will be looking to build off the momentum they earned from winning last year’s Superbowl.
Russell Wilson established himself as one of the league’s best quarterbacks in 2013, throwing for 3357 yards and 26 touchdowns.
While the Seahawks fierce defense did not change much over the offseason, the same cannot be said for the team’s offense.
Seattle management is still engaged in a contract dispute with star running back Marshawn Lynch. “Beast Mode” is currently holding out on the team in order to make some changes to his current contract.
Seattle also lost the services of Russell Wilson’s go-to-receiver this offseason, as free agent Golden Tate opted to sign with the Detroit Lions.
With that said, Seattle still has a ton of depth on both sides of the football so don’t expect their offense to sputter.
Percy Harvin is expected to take a major role in Seattle’s offense this year. The dynamic receiver showcased his abilities in Seattle’s Superbowl route of Denver last year.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers will be looking to return to the form that saw them win the 2011 Superbowl Championship.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers played in only 9 games last season due to injuries, but was still able to throw for 17 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions.
Green Bay’s offense finally put forth some solid numbers on the ground last season, as running back Eddie Lacey carried the ball for 1178 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Rodgers favorite target, receiver Jordy Nelson, just signed a blockbuster deal to remain a Packer for the foreseeable future.
A healthy Packers squad spells trouble for the rest of the NFL, as Green Bay averaged over 400 yards of offense last season while dealing with injuries.
Be sure to catch the 2014 NFL Kickoff live Thursday September 4 at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations! Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.
By: Chris Taylor
Jared Allen will remain in the NFC North Division for the 2014 NFL season, but he will no longer be a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
The 31-year-old four-time All-Pro pass rusher signed a 4-year $32 million contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday morning.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the contract includes $15.5 million in fully guaranteed money.
The Bears were in desperate need of a pass rusher after losing former standout Julius Peppers to the Green Bay Packers this offseason.
In Allen, the Bears receive the NFL’s 12th-greatest sack artist of all-time, as Jared currently has 128.5 career sacks to his credit.
Allen’s production numbers dropped during his 2013 season with the Vikings, but he is still an above-average pass rusher, which is hard to find in the NFL.
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By: Chris Taylor
Days after being cut by Chicago, Julius Peppers has found a new home with the Bear’s NFC North rival the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers signed the defensive end to a 3-year deal worth a reported $30 million according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
It was in 2010 that Peppers signed his record-setting six-year deal with Chicago for the sum of $84 million. The Bears tried to shop Peppers around with a trade, but found no suitable offers (likely due to his enormous contract).
Peppers is known as being a ‘freak athlete,’ his physical abilities are among the very best of any player in the league, and that doesn’t only include the ‘big men.’
The pass rushers numbers have decreased in recent years, but Packers General Manager Ted Thompson believes that the 34-year-old still has a few good seasons left in the tank.
The move marks the first time that Peppers will play in a 3-4 defense in his career, as he previously played in a 4-3 scheme in both Carolina and Chicago.
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By: Chris Taylor
Show me the money!!!
Cornerback Sam Shields will remain in Green Bay, this after he signed a 4-year deal worth $39 million with the Packers organization.
‘ProFootballTalk’ was the first to report the new contract, and the news was later confirmed by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Sam played in 14 games for the Packers last season, finishing the season with 4 interceptions and 51 tackles.
In his 4 years in the league (all with Green Bay), Shields has played a total of 53 games and has 13 interceptions to his credit.
The signing means that Green Bay will have a deep secondary in 2014, and we could now see 2013 fifth-round draft pick Micah Hyde moved to the safety position in the Pack’s defensive scheme.
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