The Seahawks play Russell Wilson and the Broncos in Week 1. To get the low down on Denver, I asked five questions to Travis Wakeman of Predominantly Orange.
2022 for the Seahawks is a mystery wrapped inside a riddle wrapped inside a what-the-heck-happened this offseason question. If you just woke up from a long slumber, you might be shocked to learn that Russell Wilson now plays for the Denver Broncos.
Seattle might be in a rebuild. Denver might be challenging for a deep playoff run. That’s where the two teams stand currently.
5 questions about the Seahawks and Broncos in Week 1
12th Man Rising: How happy are Broncos fans now that Russell Wilson is the quarterback and how does adding him change the expectations for the team in 2022?
Travis Wakeman: Broncos fans have not been this happy since Peyton Manning came aboard back in 2012. It obviously drastically changed the team’s outlook for the coming season as the whole “we’re just a quarterback away” talk has been a prevailing thought for many years now. It was clear the Broncos were going to need to make a big move to compete in the AFC West and this was that move.
12th Man Rising: The AFC West is loaded. How well do the Broncos hold up against their division rivals and what are some of their strengths?
Travis Wakeman: That is a tough question to answer as all of those teams look different this year as well with all of the additions that the Raiders and Chargers made while the Chiefs lost Tyreek Hill. The Broncos have had a defense to compete in recent years, they just didn’t have an offense that could score points. With Wilson, that should change and they can hold their own in these AFC West shootouts now.
12th Man Rising: Who are a couple of Broncos that stand to have break-out seasons this year?
Travis Wakeman: You have to start with the wide receivers, as both Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy could have career years now that Wilson will be the guy getting them the ball. On defense, Dre’Mont Jones is a rising star and I expect Randy Gregory to be a big difference maker.
12th Man Rising: What are a few things that might worry Broncos fans going into Week 1 versus the Seahawks?
Travis Wakeman: Truthfully, not much. It has always been a difficult place to play but this appears to be a Seahawks team in full rebuild mode and with Geno Smith at QB, the threat of Drew Lock using it as a “revenge game” isn’t even there anymore.
12th Man Rising: Who do you think wins between the Broncos and Seahawks and why?
Travis Wakeman: I think the Broncos win the game pretty easily. It is the first game with a new coaching staff, a new QB and a new system. It may take some time to work out the kinks, but I don’t see this Seahawks team being too much of a threat offensively against what should be an aggressive Broncos defense. I see the Broncos winning 23-13.