Random Thoughts While Sitting in Pressbox...

...about an hour before kickoff. Not sure any of you will even be visiting the blog this close to kickoff, but I need to burn some calories and write something. Had a lot of fun walking around the stadium a couple of hours before kickoff. Amazingly festive and more Clay Matthews jerseys than you would believe.

Can't overstate how big this game is for Pack. A win moves them into a tie for first in the weak North. A loss makes it three Ls in a row and they'll be underdogs next week in New York. Going to focus on Bryan Bulaga to see if he can handle Ray Edwards. That's a tough matchup for Bulaga--I hope McCarthy/Philbin gives him help if he needs it.

A quick start is essential for the Pack. The Vikings have started amazingly slowly in the last few games and the Packers have finished amazingly slowly the past few games. Jumping out to a lead will cause Childress to rely more on Favre's arm and that will definitely be a shot in the arm for the Pack's D. Speaking of which, the return of Matthews, Pickett and Chillar is huge. They'll have nine opening day starters on the field tonight.

Offensively, this game needs to belong to Rodgers. He's been hearing he can't win close games, he can't deliver the knockout blow. Here's his chance to answer, under the prime time lights.

I'll be tweeting throughout the game from the pressbox and my post-game blog will be up shortly after the final gun. Must. Win. Tonight.

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