It’s a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch and the Seattle Seahawks are looking to bounce back from a tough loss last week against the San Diego Chargers.
The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, are 2-0 and are viewed as some as the best team in football.
With all this in mind, how will some of the best teams in football match up on Sunday at CenturyLink Field?
Here are some predictions for this Week 3 contest:
1. Peyton Manning throws for fewer than 275 yards and only a pair of touchdowns.
One of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game is not going to have a career performance against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Seattle’s defense is fast enough to cover all of Denver’s offensive weapons, and after the Seahawks’ defense poor showing last week, they are motivated to play hard and hit harder. Manning will still play decently, but he won’t have a dominant performance by any means.
2. Marshawn Lynch picks up at least 75 yards on the ground and scores a touchdown.
Lynch was a non-factor in Seattle’s loss last week, and that might have been another big reason for the team’s loss.
One of the best running backs in the league was only able to manage 36 yards on the ground last week, but Denver doesn’t have a dominant run defense, giving up 133 on the ground to the Kansas City Chiefs last week who were without Jamaal Charles.
3. Russell Wilson throws for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilson has been consistently accurate this year and he thrives in big game situations.
On top of that, the Broncos secondary allowed nearly 350 passing yards to Andrew Luck and the Colts and 250 to Alex Smith and the Chiefs. That average of 300 passing yards per game is 31st in the league and the Seahawks would do well to exploit that secondary.
4. The 12th Man forces five false start penalties against Denver’s offense.
Seattle is one of the most difficult places to play and the Broncos offensive line hasn’t been in a tough-game-on-the-road situation yet this year.
In fact, this is Denver’s first road game of the season. Count on the 12th Man to welcome Seattle’s former Super Bowl rivals with lots of noise.
5. Seahawks win in close one, 31-27.
This game won’t be a Super Bowl-blowout like last year, but there is no reason the Seahawks should not win this game.
With the crowd behind them and a majority of their starters from last year’s win healthy and ready to go, the Seahawks should be able to hold the Broncos to a pair of field goals while only giving up three touchdowns to one of the league’s best offenses.
Seattle should improve to 2-1 heading into their Week 4 bye.