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Weekly Prediction: Week 3 – Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks

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Week 3

Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field

Good afternoon, Bronco fans!  It is an exiting week in the NFL.  Week 3 and a “re-match” of the 2013 Super Bowl.  Let’s get one thing straight from the start.  This is no revenge game.  There is no way to get revenge on a team who absolutely humiliated our beloved Broncos on the greatest stage in the NFL.  No, this is deeper than revenge.  What happened in the past, is in the past.  Yes, I still have nightmares frequently reminding me of the devastating loss in the Super Bowl, but we all need to put that behind us.  This is a new season, with the same goal; to hoist the Lombardy trophy at the end of the season!

Week 2 Recap

The Seattle Seahawks lost to the San Diego Chargers by a score of 30-21.  Time of possession was the key to victory for the Chargers.  They allowed the Seahawks to have the ball for just 17:45.  They essentially shutdown the Seattle running game and forced them to play a one-dimensional, catch-up game.  With the loss, the Seahawks record stands at 1-1.

  • Russel Wilson threw for 202 yards, with 2 touchdowns on 17 for 25 passing.
  • Marshawn Lynch was held to 36 yards on 6 carries.
  • They allowed TE Antonio Gates to score 3 touchdowns on 7 receptions.

The Denver Broncos improved their record to 2-0 after holding off yet another comeback attempt by their opponent for the second straight week.  Penalties hurt Denver badly, and time of possession was certainly not in their favor.  Even with Jamal Charles being hurt, the KC running attack was still very adequate and created a great balance for the Kansas City attack.  This revamped defense has yet to impress me, other than the goal-line stands.

  • Peyton Manning was 21 for 26 passing with 242 yards and 3 passing touchdowns.
  • Emmanuel Sanders had a big game with 108 yards on 8 receptions.
  • Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas combined for 9 receptions, 101 yards, and 2 touchdowns.

Week 3 Prediction Points

  1. First off, as long as Peyton Manning is the Denver QB, I will not write an article where I’ll predict a Denver loss.  Its just not going to happen.  On the season, he is 43 for 62 passing (69.4%), with 511 yards, 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.  He is arguably the greatest QB of all time and is most certainly the greatest regular season QB of all time.  I’ll take my chances week in and week out as long as he is in control of this Denver offense.
  2. The Chargers found a way to get 3 TD passes to their tight end.  Julius Thomas needs to find holes in the Seattle defense and create the same type of havoc that gates was able to do last week.  The return of Wes Welker should help create more mismatch nightmares for the Seattle defense, and keep the offense in rhythm.
  3. You have to win in the trenches.  The Seattle front 4 means serious business.  They are tough, physical and can create enough pressure alone on quarterbacks to force timely mistakes.  The Denver offensive line is going to have to win the battles that they are faced with.  The presence of Ryan Clady should help in that phase of the ballgame.
  4. Penalties contribute to longer drives.  Longer drives create more 3rd and long situations.  3rd and long situations create tough situations, and tough situations create the offense standing on the sidelines much longer than they would like to be there.  With just a little under 24 minutes of offensive possession time last week against the Chiefs, the Broncos need to do a better job of running longer scoring drives, and getting their defense off of the field quickly.
  5. Montee Ball needs to continue to build off of the success that he has had already this season.  Last week, he carried the ball 12 times for 60 yards.  I would like to see the Denver running game get a lot more attention to keep the Seattle defense honest.  This game can not turn into a one dimensional game for Denver or it is going to be a long afternoon.  Personally, I would also love to see CJ Anderson get some carries and create a two-headed rushing attack for the Denver offense.  CJ has averaged more than 6 yards per carry in both of the Broncos first two games of the season.

Final Score Prediction

Seattle Seahawks – 24

Denver Broncos – 27

 

PS – So far this season, I have predicted the outcome of both games correctly.  While I have failed on accurately predict the final score of the Denver Broncos, I have accurately predicted the final score for both opposing teams.  What’s better than 2-0??  3-0!

Let’s Go Broncos!


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