Seahawks embrace challenge of playing Packers

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RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks and Packers are meeting in a huge Week 1 matchup that could possibly determine who earns home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The Seahawks said they’re ready for the challenge of playing at historic Lambeau Field on Sunday. And the Week 1 matchup will be a homecoming for former Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

Lacy, who will try helping Seattle snap its seven-game losing streak dating back to 1999 at Green Bay, knows it will be very challenging.

"Their fans take pride in making it as loud and uncomfortable as they can,” Lacy said. “For me, it's going to be the first time I'm on the opposite side of that.”

"The measuring stick for us internally is are we having fun first and foremost, and are we giving everything to the guy next to us? It doesn't matter who we're playing honestly, because they're going to throw at us things that we didn't prepare for,” Doug Baldwin, a Seahawks wide receiver, said.

"When you are playing a great football team with so much great tradition and their crowd is phenomenal, it is always a tough challenge,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “We obviously have played them in close battles, obviously last year they got the best of us, but it is a new year and we are looking forward to the opportunity.”

Baldwin has a lot of confidence in what cornerback Shaq Griffin can do on this big stage.

"He gets an opportunity to go up against one of the best quarterbacks this league has seen in Aaron Rodgers,” Baldwin said. “He's gonna have to do it. Our defense is depending on him. Our team is depending on him. And he carries that very confidently."

Lacy says he's been thinking a lot about doing a Lambeau Leap if he finds the end zone, but he's thinking twice about it and here's why:

"Part of me wants to but I don't want to get pushed down,” said Lacy with a smile. “I don't know how the crowd are going to react to that. Maybe I can find like a small patch of Seahawks fans and do it there."