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Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Free Pick- 8/17/13

Denver Broncos (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

NFL Football: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm (CenturyLink Field)

The Line: Seattle Seahawks -4 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds

TV: NFL Network

The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off on Saturday in Seattle for a week two NFL matchup of Super Bowl hopefuls.

The Seattle Seahawks seemingly came out of nowhere last season but they aren’t going to be sneaking up on anyone this season. While Russell Wilson gets the job done he never really makes it look pretty. In the backfield Marshawn Lynch is just a grinder with the best balance of any back since Barry Sanders making him just extremely tough to bring down. Rookie Christine Michael was impressive in week one and he is more of a home run hitter type but he is slowed down by back spasms. Sidney Rice is back and that should be a help to Wilson but the Seahawks are going to need to make Golden Tate a bigger part of the offense. Defensively there just aren’t a lot of issues for the Seahawks as they have one of the best if not the best secondary in the NFL and while many didn’t like the Bruce Irvin draft pick a year ago look for him to be a force on an already fierce Seahawk pass rush. Seattle won last week against the Chargers in a game that was close while the starters were in.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Free Pick- 8/17/13

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If you were expecting fireworks from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in week one you were disappointed as it is clear that the focus in Denver is going to be on the defense. With Peyton Manning running the show the offense is always going to be at least good enough and usually it is a lot better than that. After letting Willis McGahee go the Broncos look to replace him and while rookie Montee Ball is an every down type of back, Ronnie Hillman is a Darren Spoles type but I have never been much of a believer in Knowshon Moreno at the NFL level as he just seems a step slow to me. The Broncos defense looked fierce in week one of the preseason not giving an inch but the secondary was what cost them last year and I don’t think we will see it tested by Wilson as the Seahawks run first.

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If this were a regular season game it would be the big game of the week, at least early in the season when it is based on expectations but even at this point it should be a fun first half of football to watch, if you like defense and are a big fan of game plans and strategy like I am. I am not a fan of Osweiler, the Broncos backup QB and that is where this one gets away from them against the fierce Seahawk defense.

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Seattle Seahawks -4

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