Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos - 8/7/14
Denver Broncos (13-3) Vs. Seattle Seahawks (13-3)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)
The Line: Denver Broncos -1 -- Over/Under: 36.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NFL HD
The Seattle Seahawks head to Mile High on Thursday to face off against Manning and the Broncos.
It’d be nice to say here that the Broncos are looking for payback for last year’s Super Bowl blowout loss, but this is the preseason, and you can bet that Manning and this coaching staff will stay grounded and not let their emotions get the better of them. The Broncos are coming off an amazing season, that saw Denver’s offense break all kinds of records. Denver did lose a few pieces in the offseason, but there is no real reason to feel that this team can’t repeat the kind of success they saw last season. The Broncos defense did get stronger however, as Denver acquired pass rushing specialist DeMarco Ware from the Cowboys, as Dallas continues to mismanage their cap situation, which, at least as of right now, looks like a huge plus for the Broncos. Manning won’t play much at all here, but look for Osweiller to see plenty of action. Word is that they really like this kid in Denver, and while understudies of Manning haven’t done well traditionally, Osweiller has talent and should have some success here on Thursday against the Seattle reserves.
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The Seattle Seahawks were kind of good last season, and there is no real reason to feel that Seattle won’t be equally as good this season. Seattle has one of the better young quarterbacks in the league in Wilson, and the Seattle backfield is loaded, with Lynch, Michael and Turbin. It will be interesting to see how Seattle handles the loss of Rice and Tate, but if Harvin can stay healthy all season long, he is always a threat and should give this offense some huge explosive potential on the outside. Defensively Seattle should be dominant once again. Sherman is one of the best corners in the league, and couple that with Thomas and company, the Seattle defense will be wreaking havoc on opposing offenses all season long. Like the Broncos, I don’t see how much we will see of any of the starters here, especially Harvin, who, after missing nearly all of last season, is likely to see plenty of time on the bench.
I’m going to give the edge to Denver here. I’m not factoring in any kind of revenge aspect, but playing in Denver will be tough for this Seattle team, especially considering most of their reserves will be on the field. This Denver offense has the ability to move the ball against the Seahawks backups, and that should be enough for Denver to get the win on Thursday against the Seahawks.