Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
Two teams in the process of making big changes in a short amount of time meet in Denver as the Denver Broncos host the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos are -3.5 favorites over the Seahawks with an over/under point total set at 38.
New Head Coach John Fox was left a lot to work with when he took over the Denver Broncos but he was also left with some areas of need and while he has a resume that includes a lot of winning, the jury is still out on this squad. Kyle Orton has been named the starting QB for the Broncos and though many thought Tim Tebow was the better option, Tebow may actually end up third on the depth chart. Knowshon Moreno looks poised to possibly have a breakout year and thus far in the preseason Willis McGahee looks like he has not only not lost a step, but he could possibly play plenty. Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal should be Orton’s primary targets but Eric Decker looks like he could be a very dependable target as well. The biggest improvement I am expecting will come on the defensive side of the ball for Denver where their best player, Elvis Dumervil, returns after missing all of last season. Dumervil gets some more help as in addition to D.J. Williams, Denver went out and drafted Von Miller who should make an instant impact as an outside linebacker. Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins are some of the most experienced defensive backs in football. While it was presented as a QB competition, it appears that it was going to be Orton’s job from the outset and it would have taken some big happenings to unseat him.
It’s year two for Pete Carroll as Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks and after winning a playoff game in season one, his sights are set higher for this year. Matt Hasselbeck is gone at QB and it looks like Tavarris Jackson is the replacement though he has been unimpressive in the preseason as has Charlie Whitehurst. Marshawn Lynch shook the Earth last year in the playoffs and now he tries to make a bigger contribution in his first full year in Seattle but he’ll have help from Justin Forsett and Leon Washington. The Seahawks acquired Sidney Rice from Minnesota who they hope is a difference maker and hope Mike Williams gives the same kind of results they saw last season along with some improvement by former number one pick Golden Tate. Defensively Chris Clemmons brought a big pass rush with him from Philly last season and former first round pick Aaron Curry looks to fulfill his huge potential. In the secondary Walter Thurmond , Marcus Trufant, and Earl Thomas are ready for big years. While Pete Carroll is all about enthusiasm, the Seahawks may need to take a step backwards to move forward.
This one sets up to be a lower scoring game as the Broncos are still working out the kinks with the new coaching staff and Seattle just has some big holes at QB. Take the under 38 here.