Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Denver Broncos (0-1)
Time & Place
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Regular Season Series: Denver holds a 33-18 edge in the regular season series. The Seahawks won 23-20 in their last meeting on December 3, 2006.
Denver: RB Laurence Maroney, CB Nathan Jones, NT Jamal Williams, QB Brady Quinn, DE/LB Jason Hunter, DL Kevin Vickerson, LB Joe Mays
Seattle: Head coach Pete Carroll, OT Stacy Andrews, TE Chris Baker, DL Kentwan Balmer, DE Chris Clemons, FB Quinton Ganther, OTs Chester Pitts and Tyler Polumbus, RB Michael Robinson, RB Leon Washington, WR Mike Williams
2010 NFL Draft Class
1.22 – WR, Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech
1.25 – QB, Tim Tebow, Florida
2.45 – OL, Zane Beadles, Utah
3.80 – C, J.D. Walton, Baylor
3.87 – WR, Eric Decker, Minnesota
5.137 – CB, Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
6.183 – C, Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
7.225 – CB, Syd'Quan Thompson, Cal
7.232 – LB, Jammie Kirlew, Indiana (Released)
1.6 – OT, Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1.14 – S, Earl Thomas, Texas
2.60 – WR, Golden Tate, Notre Dame
4.111 – CB, Walter Thurmond, Oregon
4.127 – DE, E.J. Wilson, North Carolina
5.133 – S, Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
6.185 – TE, Anthony McCoy, USC
7.236 – DE/LB, Dexter Davis, Arizona State
7.245 – TE, Jameson Konz, Kent State
Stats & Rankings (2010)
Total: 9th (363.0 yards)
Passing: 6th (274.0 yards)
Rushing: t-20th (89.0 yards)
Scoring: t-14th (17.0 points)
Total: 15th (299.0)
Passing: t-12th (165.0 yards)
Rushing: 26th (134.0 yards)
Scoring: t-24th (24.0 points)
Turnover Ratio: t-30th (-2)
Total: 27th (242.0 yards)
Passing: t-20th (165.0 yards)
Rushing: 26th (77.0 yards)
Scoring: t-4th (31.0 points)
Total: 9th (263.0 yards)
Passing: 18th (214.0 yards)
Rushing: t-3rd (49.0)
Scoring: 1st (6.0 points)
Turnover Ratio: t-4th (+1)
Out: T Ryan Harris (ankle), RB Laurence Maroney (thigh), S Darcel McBath (forearm)
Questionable: G Chris Kuper (knee, ankle), LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring)
Probable: WR Eddie Royal (groin), WR Demaryius Thomas (foot)
Out: T Russell Okung (ankle), OL Chester Pitts (knee)
Doubtful: LB Matt McCoy (quadriceps)
Probable: G Mike Gibson (back), DE Chris Clemons (ankle) , WR Mike Williams (thigh)
Vegas Says: Broncos -3 (o/u 40)
Seahawks' Keys to Victory
Fight the Power – After years of running an Alex Gibbs' zone-blocking system, Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels has brought the power running game to Denver. Doing that has meant getting bigger up front, with Stanley Daniels (6-4, 320) and J.D. Walton (6-3, 310) replacing current Seahawks guard Ben Hamilton (6-5, 290) and Casey Wiegmann (6-2, 285) at left guard and center. Daniels and Walton lack experience, and the Broncos may be without starting right guard Chris Kuper. The interior of the Seahawks' defense should have the edge against the Broncos' running game, which will force Kyle Orton to convert on third-and-long.
Control the Clock – Despite the 31-6 win, the Seahawks offense was only on the field for 27:15 last Sunday. On the road in the thin air of the Rocky Mountains, Seattle's offense could payback the defense by keeping them on the sidelines on Sunday.
Get Golden Involved – Second-round wide receiver Golden Tate was surprisingly inactive in Week 1. Tate said the message has been received, and whether he's returning kicks and punts, lined up outside, in the slot, or in the backfield, the Seahawks could use Tate's play-making ability on Sunday afternoon.
McDaniels is a good offensive coach and play-caller, and he clearly has a plan for the Broncos, but it's a year or so away from showing results. The Seahawks haven't won much on the road the last few years, but this is a winnable game that the defensive front seven and Matt Hasselbeck won't let slip away.
The Pick: Seahawks 24, Broncos 13
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