The new Seattle Seahawks under the guidance of new head coach Pete Carroll will play another team that is in transition, the Denver Broncos on September 19th. Before Week One of the NFL season was in the books the thinking on this game may have made a complete 180 degree turn.
The Denver Broncos come back to Invesco Field 0-1 after a disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seattle Seahawks pack their bags and arrive in Denver with renewed confidence. Both teams consider themselves favorites to make the NFL Playoffs but no one in the real world has given either team much of a chance.
Passing attack for Seattle Seahawks & Denver Broncos Have Similarities
A resurrected Matt Hasselbeck led the Seattle Seahawks to an easy victory over a weak and disorganized San Francisco 49ers team. Hasselbeck threw for two touchdowns and ran in for another to dispose of the Seahawks NFC West foe. Hasselbeck looked like he was in great shape and looked about as good as his Super Bowl season a few years ago. If Hasselbeck can stay healthy the Seahawks could find themselves in the hunt for an NFL Playoff appearance.
The Seattle Seahawks receivers may not be household names but they looked like world beaters in NFL Week One. A surprise in the first game against the 49ers was the inactive status of Golden Tate. With Tate inactive the fourth receiver on the field was Ben Obomanu. Mike Williams led all Seahawks receivers last week with 64 yards receiving and he could become an integral part of the Seattle passing attack.
The Denver Broncos played their first NFL game of the year without number one draft pick DeMaryius Thomas but Kyle Orton found another number one target. Brandon Lloyd caught five passes for 117 yards to lead the Denver Broncos and perceived number one receiver, Eddie Royal almost broke the century mark. Royal caught eight passes for 98 yards.
Kyle Orton will have weapons this season and the loss of Brandon Marshall should not hurt the Denver Broncos. After watching the Broncos play their first NFL regular season game it appears obvious the new problem in Denver may be the running game. An area never before worried about until the arrival of Josh McDaniels. Passing attack edge goes to Kyle Orton by a slight margin.
Defense of Seattle Seahawks & Denver Broncos Could decide this game
The Seattle Seahawks defense was stout and hard hitting in their first game and it looks like a team with the Pete Carroll stamp on it. Taking on a Mike Singletary coached team, the Seattle Seahawks out hit the 49ers and were tougher and more aggressive.
The Denver Broncos defense gave up 24 points to a Jacksonville offense that is not the NFL’s most prolific. David Gerrard and Marcedes Lewis connected for two touchdowns against a Denver secondary that looked slow and lethargic. The temperature and weather could have contributed to Denver’s lethargy. This will be the true test for Denver’s defense, facing a reinvigorated Matt Hasselbeck. The edge in defense goes to the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos -4.5: Pick Against the Spread & Final Thoughts.
The Seattle Seahawks looked like an NFL Playoff team in their first game and the Denver Broncos offense looked like they were in mid season form but the Denver defense looked like they were in need of some conditioning. Denver may get their legs back in the high altitude and this could be a great game.
Seattle getting 4.5 points at this posting could be heading South based on the two teams performances so keep an eye on this line. Defense is a major factor in covering a big spread and based on the Seattle Seahawks defense, they could make an easy cover of this number. Take Seattle Seahawks +4.5 points to cover this game and potentially win the game straight up.
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