Current Odds (subject to change) – Denver +5
Series History: Seattle: 20 wins / Denver: 34 Wins
By Dave Squires – @davefalcon90
It may be the second week in a row that Seattle has been featured in the ‘Game of the Week’ but it’s hard to ignore a rematch of Seattle’s blowout victory in Super Bowl 48 back in February.
The Broncos may tell you that they’re just trying to get to 3-0 but they were embarrassed on the biggest stage of all last February and will want to put the record straight. As for the Seahawks they won’t want to drop to 1-2 after losing on the road in San Diego last week.
Interestingly, both teams have racked up identical yards on offense, 343, but there is no surprise that they have done it in different ways – Seattle on the ground and Denver through the air.
The Seahawks have concerns over the health of running back Marshawn Lynch, who is nursing a back injury, but it should be noted that the Broncos are giving up 300 yards passing per game and had no answer for the Seahawks passing game in the Super Bowl.
The match-up everyone really wants to see is Peyton and the offense that has yet to hit the heights of last (regular) season versus the Seattle defense because we all know how it turned out last time they met. You would figure that the Broncos game plan would involve some additional help at the line of scrimmage to give Manning more time and space to step into throws and, although the Broncos like to throw the ball deep, expect some screens and some shorter routes involving the slot receivers.
As for the Denver defense, who are allowing 20.5 points per game which is slightly less than Seattle at 23, the focus must be to stop the run including those made by quarterback Russell Wilson and the off season addition of safety TJ Ward should help. The Broncos may also opt to put corner Aqib Talib on the dangerous Percy Harvin who will get the ball in many different situations.
Seattle has only lost once at home in the last two seasons and have already done a job at home on one of the league’s premier quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers but perhaps Phillip Rivers provided something of a blue print against the ‘Legion of Boom’ last week.
This is certainly the most intriguing match-up of the season so far but a loss would hurt the Seahawks more than it would the Broncos at this point.