A potential Super Bowl preview in the pre-season? That could just be the case as the Broncos travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on what promises to be a very strong Seahawks squad in Seattle. Like most NFL teams, the exhibition games mark a time to try out new things, and gauge organizational depth, and while these teams are no different, Denver and Seattle will enter as two of the top teams in the NFL and could potentially meet come February. Of course, there are a lot of games in between, but it’s definitely something to consider before their match-up on Saturday evening.
Broncos at Seahawks Betting Odds:
Denver Broncos +5 (-110)
@ Seattle Seahawks -5 (-110)
Over 41 (-110)
Under 41 (-110)
Betting odds provided from Bovada.lv
Broncos at Seahawks Pick:
While the Seahawks are loaded with weapons on the offensive side of the football, the performance of their first-stringers last week definitely left something to be desired. They didn’t score and amassed only 47 net yards in two series last week against the Chargers. For tonight’s contest, expect the Seahawks first-team offense to see much more reps against a stingy Broncos defensive group. Like most second games of the pre-season, first-stringers for both sides should play into the second half. Running back Marshawn Lynch, wideout Sidney Rice, and centre Max Unger all missed last week’s game, but are all expected to suit up against Denver.
For the Broncos, it was an underwhelming debut for Peyton Manning, only playing for seven snaps last week against San Francisco. Though he petitioned head coach John Fox for more playing time, he didn’t get his wish, but tonight will be a different story. Fox has committed to his starters playing close to the entire first half, giving fans a very intriguing look at the Broncos exciting no-huddle offense, against a fast and explosive Seahawks defense.
Where I see this game gaining some separation will be in the second half. Both the Broncos and Seahawks first-teams are mostly evenly matched, and if anything I’d lean slightly to Seattle playing in front of their always-rowdy home crowd. Even in the pre-season, the 12th man at CenturyLink Field will definitely play a role in tonight’s game. They’ll be loud and boisterous, and really try and disrupt Manning and his offense. But moving into the final thirty minutes, the Seahawks really should pull away from the Broncos. Seattle has excellent QB depth and a lot of key position battles on their depth chart that are still up for grabs. After Russell Wilson takes a seat, expect the very capable Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn to take over; both of whom have had starting stints before in the NFL. That’s a huge advantage over Brock Osweiler for the Broncos, and look for Jackson and Quinn to do well against Denver’s second-stringers.
Look for a strong performance from the Seahawks in front of their loyal fans. With the first-teamers on both sides slated to play most of the first half, there could be some special football being played tonight at CenturyLink Field. Denver had trouble last week protecting the quarterback, with back-up Brock Osweiler being constantly put on the move. Look for an explosive Seattle defensive group to get to Manning with regularity and pressure the future Hall of Famer. Seattle has more on the line, and their great depth at quarterback make me lean the Seahawks tonight.
PICK = Seahawks -5