There is some uncertainty regarding the pass rush provided by Denver, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
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Is there any way that the receiving corps can assist Geno?
The Seahawks have the kind of roster that should contend for one of the top five overall picks, especially given that this year’s draft class features a deep pool of quarterback prospects; however, the team already possesses the targets who are capable of rescuing them from their disastrous quarterback situation. As long as the Seahawks defense can keep this close, the offense might be able to get that in drive, and the energy from the 12th man is needed late in the game because there is a good rotation of backs to work with. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett are fantastic. There is a good backfield rotation to work with.
It will be Russell Wilson who is returning to Seattle. The Seahawks defense won’t be able to do enough to keep the game under control, and Smith and the offensive unit that is having trouble will be the ones to make mistakes in the second half of the game. He is going to go off early.
Two Denver players to keep an eye on are our running back, Melvin Gordon, and wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Gordon rushed for 1,131 yards and scored ten touchdowns in 2021, marking the fifth time he has done so in his career. Gordon is second in rushing yards (1,838) and fourth in touchdowns (67) since 2015. The one and only time he played against the Seahawks, he rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown for the Los Angeles Chargers. During his rookie year with the Broncos, Sutton racked up 776 receiving yards, good for first. He has performed admirably under the bright lights, as evidenced by his 236 receiving yards (78.7 per game) in three career games on Monday Night Football. He has also caught five or more passes in five of his last six nighttime games. In the previous campaign, Sutton converted 35 first downs and had nine plays of 20 yards or more.
Wideouts DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and tight end Noah Fant all have proven track records as targets for quarterbacks. In 2021, Metcalf set a career-high in receptions (75) and receiving touchdowns (12) for Seattle. Only five other players since 1990 have had three consecutive seasons with at least 900 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. He has four career games on Monday Night Football in which he had at least 70 receiving yards.
Meanwhile, Lockett was the Seahawks’ go-to receiver in 2016. He finished first on the team in receiving yards with 1,175, and he’s one of only four wideouts in the league to do so in each of the past three years. Denver acquired Fant from the Broncos in the offseason as part of the deal for Wilson, and the Broncos then used the twenty-first overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft to select Fant. For the 2021 season, he set a career-high with 68 receptions, 670 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns while playing for the Broncos.
The Broncos will not be completely dominant, but they will take complete command of the game by the end of the third quarter.