>>Seahawks Crush Packers To Open 2014 Season
(Seattle, WA) -- The Seahawks picked up right where they left off in dominating the Packers, 36-16, to kick off the 2014 NFL season at CenturyLink Field. Marshawn Lynch led the way for the defending Super Bowl champions, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 110 yards on 20 carries. Russell Wilson completed 19-of-28 passes for 191 yards, two scores and no turnovers. Percy Harvin compiled seven catches for 59 yards and four rushes for 41 yards. Seattle outgained the Packers 398 yards to 255. Aaron Rodgers was held to 189 yards through the air with a touchdown, interception and he was sacked three times. Running back Eddie Lacy left the game with a concussion. Randall Cobb caught a TD and John Kuhn got into the endzone in the defeat.
>>Packers' Lacy Leaves With Concussion
(Seattle, WA) -- Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is dealing with a concussion after just one game. He left Thursday night's 36-16 season opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks with the injury. Lacy was held to just 34 yards on 12 carries. He will have to go through the NFL's concussion protocol before he can return to action. The Packers host the New York Jets in their home opener a week from Sunday.
>>Packers O-Lineman Bulaga Exits Early
(Seattle, WA) -- The Green Bay Packers are without starting offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga for the rest of the season opener. He left in the first half with a knee injury. The fifth-year man out of Iowa was replaced by Derek Sherrod at right tackle. Bulaga spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He started 33 of the first 37 games in his career.
>>Bears, Bills Clash From Soldier Field
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Bears welcome the Buffalo Bills to Soldier Field, looking to rebound from just missing the playoffs in 2013. The Bears enter their second season under head coach Marc Trestman, following an 8-and-8 year where they fell to the Green Bay Packers in Week 17 that cost them the NFC North crown. Jay Cutler enters his sixth season under center for Chicago. He is the franchise's all-time leading passer with nearly 15-thousand yards. The team boasts two one-thousand-yard receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery from 2013. Buffalo enters its second season under coach Doug Marrone [[ mah-ROAN ]] and second-year QB E.J. Manuel. The team has posted back-to-back-to-back 6-and-10 seasons, and has not been above .500 since 2004. Buffalo is excited about its offense with Manuel and 2014 first-round pick, wideout Sammy Watkins. The Bills enter their first season without owner Ralph Wilson, who passed away in the offseason.
>>Rams Try To Push Past Bradford Injury Against Vikings
(St. Louis, MO) -- The St. Louis Rams open up the 2014 season with a different look at the most important position when the Vikings invade the Edward Jones Dome Sunday afternoon. St. Louis lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford during the third week of the preseason and he will be replaced by veteran Shaun Hill. Hill hasn't started a game since he played for the Lions in 2010. The Rams are coming off their second consecutive seven-win season as they try to break through in the difficult NFC West. Minnesota first-year head coach Mike Zimmer decided to go with veteran QB Matt Cassel instead of rookie Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings look to help Cassel out with an improved offense under coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will have star running back Adrian Peterson at his disposal along with potential breakout candidates in second-year wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Minnesota stumbled to a 5-10-and-1 record in 2013.
>>Manning Welcomes Luck To Mile High
(Denver, CO) -- Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos look for revenge against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts under the bright lights of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts handed Denver its first loss of 2013 after a 6-and-0 start. The Broncos went on to a 13-and-3 season and advanced all the way to the Super Bowl before they were embarrassed by the Seahawks. To get over the hump, linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward were added to the defense. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was signed to replace the departed Eric Decker, but he will be asked to do even more with Wes Welker suspended the first four weeks for a drug violation. Indianapolis is shooting for its third straight playoff appearance in Luck's third year at the helm. The Colts have finished 11-and-5 each of the previous two seasons. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dwyane Allen return from injuries that kept them out for significant chunks of last season to help diversify the offense.
>>Colts Visit With RB Leshoure
(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Colts may be looking to add some depth in the running game. NFL.com says the team had a visit with former Lions running back Mikel Leshoure. He was waived last month as the teams were cutting rosters for the regular season.
>>Chris Long Restructures Deal With Rams
(St. Louis, MO) -- The Rams and defensive end Chris Long are creating more salary cap space for the upcoming season. ESPN reports St. Louis and Long have agreed to restructure his contract. The team will convert three-million-dollars of his 2014 salary into a signing bonus. The move allows them to spread out the cap hit over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, saving two-million against this year's salary cap. Long agreed to a four-year, 50-million-dollar contract extension in 2012.
>>Vikings' Peterson Predicts TD On First Run
(Eden Prairie, MN) -- Like baseball legend Babe Ruth, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is calling his shot. With prompting from reporters, Peterson predicted Thursday he would score on his first carry of the season Sunday against the Rams. Peterson said he told some teammates that same thing last year and then ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run on his first play against the Lions. After initially saying he hopes this year works out the same way, he put it out there saying, "Yeah, I might as well speak it. Touchdown. First run."
>>Texans' Clowney Cleared From Concussion
(Houston, TX) -- The top selection from the NFL Draft is ready to go for Week One. Houston Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney has cleared the league's concussion protocol and is set to face Washington in Sunday's season opener. Clowney suffered the head injury in Houston's second preseason game against the Broncos, and sat out the final two exhibition games. The Texans selected Clowney first overall out of South Carolina in May.