Bruce Irvin's 'going to pray for' Packers' rookie center


Green Bay Packers rookie center Corey Linsley is expected to get the unenviable task of making his first career NFL start on the road against the Seattle Seahawks when the season kicks off Thursday night.

A swarming Seahawks defense will be licking its chops at the fresh meat.

"I'm going to pray for him," Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said Tuesday of Linsley, per USA Today. "It's going to be a long night, man. We've got to just take advantage of it."

Linsley, a fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, will get the nod after starter JC Tretter suffered a knee injury that will keep him out to start the regular season.

For the majority of the night Linsley will try to fend off Seahawks 311-pound nose tackle Brandon Mebane.

The last time the Packers visited Seattle in 2012, Green Bay's offensive line failed to keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers on his feet. Seattle compiled eight sacks -- two apiece for Mebane and Irvin -- and an additional four quarterback hits.

While the Packers' offensive line has improved since then, the rookie center will have his hands full in the noise-pit that is CenturyLink Field.

"It just takes four guys to contribute and hopefully, we can have us repeat the same performance we had in 2012 -- without the Fail Mary, though," Irvin said. "We're going to beat 'em straight up this time."

The latest "Around The NFL Podcast" breaks down Thursday's season kickoff between the Packers and Seahawks.