Rallying fans confident as Packers prepare for Seattle
Energized by booming drum blasts and champions from the past and present [including former wideout Antonio Freeman and cornerback Doug Evans], Packers fans Thursday night viewed the word \"underdog\" as a bit overused.
\"There's a reason we're called Titletown and we're gonna go all the way,\" Green Bay fan Doreen Higgins said during a pep rally at the Tundra Tailgate Zone near Lambeau Field. Tackle Josh Sitton and tight end Andrew Quarless joined the rally after wrapping up Thursday's practice and meetings.
Going all the way means beating the odds. Vegas favors the Seahawks by about 7.5 points.
\"I came here tonight because I'm kind of tired of people saying the Packers are underdogs when we know how solid they are,\" Higgins said.
It's a spread you can't blame anyone not sporting green and gold for buying into. Seattle smashed the Packers in September by 20.
\"Seattle will come in overconfident thinking, 'Well, we beat them already once this year,'\" fan Scott Sticha said while wearing green and gold striped pants and a Packers headpiece.
\"In the NFL there's an old saying, it's really hard to beat a good team twice,\" Packers team president Mark Murphy said. \"And we're a very good team.\"
The Seahawks have had the packers number the last two games, but neither team has won three straight against the other. Super Bowl XXXI champ Doug Evans knows all the pressure will be on the defending champs.
\"It's harder because everyone knows you're at the top and when you're at the top, everyone is gunning for you,\" Evans said at the rally, alluding to the Packers teams of the 90s. Green Bay lost to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII after winning the previous year.
Sunday, it'll be the Pack gunning for the Seahawks in a match up the underdogs -- by name only -- plan to win.
\"We'll see you back here in a couple weeks with the Lombardi Trophy,\" Murphy said as the crowd erupted in cheers.
The packers will leave for Seattle Friday, a day earlier than they normally do for road games.