Curtis Allen’s week one watchpoints (vs Denver)

September 12th, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

This is a guest article by Curtis Allen. After the game tonight, tune into the instant reaction live stream which will be available on here and on our YouTube channel

Welcome to a whole new cycle of Seahawks football.  The team has shed themselves of two of the greatest players in franchise history, brought in a whole new defensive staff and recommitted to key areas like the offensive line, pass rush and the cornerbacks.

We are about to see the first official results of this experiment.  What better way to get started on the new than to face the old, lined up right across from you?

This game will be filled with all kinds of palace intrigue.  The relationship troubles between Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll over the years have been aired in a very passive-aggressive manner.  A thinly veiled threat here, a leak there, a clearly staged photo op with hugs and smiles and press conference statements that doth protest a bit too much all made for high drama in Seattle.  They even handled themselves after the trade in the same way, with couched language wrapped in a wry smile and a wink.

We will see the truth of the matter in their actions on the field.

Both are very proud figures.  Both have never budged on their football philosophy.  Both have the ambition to prove their viewpoint was more effective.  Therefore, both will have more than the usual incentive to win this game.

There will be some hard feelings being played out on the field Monday night.  Who will come out on top?  There is a possibility that this game will be the only time Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson ever face each other in their storied careers.  They might not get another chance to make their statement.

So buckle up.  This is appointment watching.

Before we address the elephant in the room, let’s start with a factor that could be crucial for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks Must Use the Unknown to Their Favor

A Week One matchup might be the best-case scenario for the Seahawks in facing Russell Wilson and the Broncos.  It might be too much to ask a new quarterback with a brand-new head coach to come out firing on all cylinders right out of the gate.  That is obvious.

What is less obvious is there will also be a feature that the Denver offense may struggle with that is beyond the typical ‘new quarterback new coach growing pains’ dynamic:  Russell Wilson is not the easiest quarterback to play with.  His superpower of relying on his ability to extend plays takes some getting used to.

Offensive linemen are required to be effective longer than they normally would.  They cannot intuitively know where Wilson will be or which way he is going to go when the play breaks down.  This can cause some traffic jams at the edges of the pocket and some holding calls that backs up the offense.

Then there’s the receivers.  They will need to grasp that if they get to the end of their route and the ball is not coming to them, the play is not necessarily over.  They will have to keep running and find pockets to scramble into to provide a target for Wilson.  That does not naturally come to every player.  For some it needs to be learned over time. 

The Seahawks will need to take advantage, particularly early in the game, if the Denver offense has challenges getting going.

Another factor is the Seahawks’ track record in the last two season openers.  In 2020 and 2021, they scored convincing wins by successfully implementing new elements that caught their opponent off guard:

  • In 2020 against the Falcons, they only ran the ball with their running backs 13 times, preferring to use them nearly as much in the passing game.  Russell Wilson had a career-highlight passing day and after the game Atlanta Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris publicly fell on his sword, saying they had not prepared for the Seahawks to throw that much.  
  • New weapon Jamal Adams had probably his best day as a Seahawk, with 12 tackles, a sack, 2 pressures, a QB knockdown, and 2 tackles for loss, causing all kinds of trouble for the Atlanta offense.
  • In 2021 against the Colts, the Seahawks came out with some brilliant misdirection in the running game, utilizing Chris Carson well and keeping a very good Colt defensive line off balance.

That game was also Darrell Taylor’s coming out party.  He announced his presence with authority, as if he were trying to make up for a whole missed season in one game.

What surprises do the Seahawks have in store this year?

Who will be the player that catches the Broncos off guard and has an impact?  Uchenna Nwosu?  Dee Eskridge?  Tariq Woolen?  Ken Walker as a receiver?  Or will it be Clint Hurtt’s scheme?  

It will be very intriguing to watch.

Defend Russell Wilson

Pete Carroll said Monday that he knows Russell better than any other player he’s worked with.  Can he use that to his advantage?  You have to believe the minute he traded Wilson to Denver, Carroll started collecting his ten years of experiences with him to devise ways to beat him on defense.

Nathaniel Hackett and Wilson will have some new wrinkles schemed up to be sure.  Yet even the best players in the NFL have habits and plays they revert to when under pressure.  Hackett of all people probably knows this better than anyone after working with Aaron Rodgers.

Some of Wilson’s habits, in a nutshell:

  • He loves to throw to the edges of the field, between the numbers and the sideline
  • Inside pressure obscures his vision and forces him to make decisions faster than he would like
  • A good deal of his magic happens when he gets out of the pocket and buys time for his receivers
  • If his offensive line is not adept at adjusting to blitzes, he will struggle

The move to more of a 3-4 defense will really benefit the Seahawks against Wilson when you consider these factors.  Why?

In their standard package, they will have three big-bodied defenders occupying the inside.  This is designed to keep the lanes clogged and limit inside escape routes for the quarterback.  On the outside, the linebackers are lighter and faster, which means they have the angle to create a ‘horseshoe’ around the quarterback.  

Pretty standard stuff but Russell Wilson needs to be contained.  Yes, he can do plenty of damage from the pocket.  When he gets outside of the hash marks and buys time for his receivers, that can be real trouble for the defense.

The best thing the Seahawks can do is get pressure from their standard alignment.  Making Wilson uncomfortable in the pocket and still having their full coverage package available would do wonders towards keeping this game in a manageable state.

They can help themselves tremendously with some clever blitz packages though.  Jamal Adams can have an enormous impact this game if he is properly utilized.  Jordyn Brooks has shown an ability to shoot gaps and get to the passer.  The Seahawks even blitzed lightning-fast Tariq Woolen from the corner spot in preseason.

Clint Hurtt will have to dial up some formations that show Wilson several different looks.  The best thing he can do is keep him guessing on where the rush is coming from.  It takes processing power and keeps him from focusing on what the defensive backs are doing downfield.

A sneaky advantage that I alluded to earlier is that it confuses the offensive line and creates openings and mismatches.

Have a look at this beauty from Vance Joseph in the notorious Week 7 game against the Cardinals:

On a 3rd and 11 in overtime, Joseph stacks the defensive line with 7 players.  He had utilized this formation earlier in the game.  

On this play, he drops 4 of the 7 into coverage and blitzes the nickel Byron Murphy who is completely free to make the sack.

Watch the Seahawks offensive line there.  Dissly, Shell and Lewis are blocking one man.  Ethan Pocic has nothing to do.  Simmons and Brown have a man to share.  Deejay Dallas nicely picks up Buddha Baker but the damage is done.

By the end of the game, Wilson was rattled and (off the same stacked-line formation) throws a lame ball for an interception to seal the game:

I’m not suggesting that the Seahawks specifically emulate these formations.  Rather it is a matter of throwing looks at Russ and building a pattern for him to process.  Then spidering that pattern out in variations that keep the processing on the pass rush and away from the pass coverage.

Denver’s offensive line is fine.  Adequate.  They surrendered 40 sacks last year with Teddy Bridgewater behind it and return most of their starters this year.  Clint Hurtt and the defense need to challenge this squad.  And the earlier in the game, the better.


A big key to limiting Wilson’s effectiveness?  Pressure him to carry the team.  The run defense must limit the impact that Javonte Williams will have.

That is not going to be an easy task.  Seattle’s run defense was terrible last year – 29th in the NFL.  And unless Clint Hurtt can scheme up some ways for carryovers Al Woods, Poona Ford and Bryan Mone to be more effective, Williams could have a field day and take a ton of the pressure off of Wilson.

Scheming is really a secondary issue through.  What is going to make or break the run defense?  Tackling.  The defense was very poor in this area in the preseason, to the point where Pete Carroll acknowledged it and scheduled some extra drills in practice.

Hopefully the team’s work pays off.  It better, because in Javonte Williams, the Seahawks get last year’s tackle breaking champion in their first week.  Williams broke a tackle every 6.5 runs in 2021.  Nobody else was even close.

Again I say Jamal Adams needs to have a big game.  If he is an active tackler and can limit the yards the Broncos get on the ground and then have an impact in the pass rush, the defense might be able to do enough to give the offense some chances.

Run the Ball.  A Lot.

There is no argument – none – that says the Seahawks should regularly ask Geno Smith to throw the ball 30 or more times in a game.  It just is not a sustainable plan for success.  The Seahawks must run the ball well in this game.

Of course, it is not simply having a good split of plays that will enable the offense to function well.  The Seahawks will need to employ good strategy and scheming in their runs in order to make them effective.  Particularly considering Denver will likely sell out to stop the run and dare Geno Smith to beat them by throwing the ball.

The staff will need to recapture some of that run effectiveness they displayed in Week One last year against the Colts. 

With a young offensive line and a vulnerable quarterback, they will need all the clever scheming they can get.  It is encouraging to see that they have already achieved it in the recent past. 

The deceptive aspect of the run game also greatly assists the passing game and helps Geno Smith make plays that are in his wheelhouse.

Granted, the Seahawks have yet to really establish a dominant running game.  I would argue they are well advised to use their assets wisely and seek to establish one to carry their offense this week.  And this season for that matter.

Let’s have a look at a play that gives us some hope they can do that:

There is Abraham Lucas absolutely pancaking a defender in the run game – a common sight this preseason.  What’s more, he is getting in Devin Bush’s way and keeping him from sealing off that backside zone.

Yet the play is so much more than that.  It is Gabe Jackson manhandling Chris Wormley.  It is Austin Blythe getting to the second level immediately.  It is Noah Fant chipping and then turning his back and throwing a block to make sure that backside lane is clear.

There is another element to this play that is very special though.  I guarantee you it had coaches and teammates alike hooting and hollering just as loudly as they did when watching Lucas drive his man into the ground.

Do you see it?

It’s Penny Hart.  Watch him come crashing into the frame from the left at the end of the play.  

Let’s look at it from a different angle and celebrate it:

Watch the 180lb Hart move the 217lb Terrell Edmonds out of position to clear the entire right side for Travis Homer, then give the 234lb Devin Bush a chip to keep him out of the play.

A job well done. Is Hart satisfied?  Nope.  He turns and accelerates downfield and looks for a third man to hit and engages Tre Norwood.

If Homer demonstrates better awareness and judgement on the run and pivots outside to the sideline instead of running into Bo Melton, Hart is right there to accompany him down the sideline.  What a play.

Pete Carroll has this team understanding that run blocking is everyone’s assignment.  Not just the big uglies up front.  Can they carry that commitment into the regular season, when the games count and the players are working against defensive starters for 60 full minutes?  Time will tell.

The good news is Denver had the 31st ranked run defense in the NFL last season.  Granted they have a new coach and have added some players but they are going to have to prove they are better against a team that has heavily invested in the run game and will likely be desperate to keep Russell Wilson off the field as much as possible.

Keep the Game Out of Geno Smith’s Hands

The more I think about Geno Smith’s capabilities as a quarterback, the more sense installing a quick passing offense makes.  Slants and other two-step throws like crossing and seam routes are right up his alley.  He is more accurate than Russell Wilson was at these types of passes.  We have seen it time and time again in the preseason.  Geno handles these plays with a degree of competence that can make this work.

The numbers in his 3+ games in relief of Wilson last year show that very clearly.  Here they are when he gets the ball out in under 2.5 seconds:

  • 47-60 for an excellent 78.33% completion rate
  • A QB rating of 110.3
  • 3 touchdowns / zero interceptions
  • 2 sacks

Yes, that is a small sample size.

Yet you could slash a full 10% off those numbers when you spread that over a full season and still come out ahead.  These numbers are what have the Geno Smith apologists sticking to a position that he can run this offense effectively.

It is possible.  If – if – the Seahawks are wise enough to schedule the majority of Geno’s pass plays as ones he can get out quickly.

Pete Carroll, when asked in recent years about sacks and enduring pass rush pressure, has consistently replied with one factor, and one factor alone:  The quarterback must get the ball out quickly to avoid sacks.  That rationale is going to get put to the acid test this season.  Will he commit to that philosophy in view of the current evidence that Geno Smith does it so well?

The fact of the matter is they have no choice but to run the ball heavily and when circumstances call for a pass play, to get the ball out of Smith’s hands as quickly as possible.  When he lingers, the results are disastrous.

How bad are they?  I feel like I need to issue a Viewer Discretion Advisory before showing you Smith’s numbers when he held the ball for more than 2.5 seconds last year.

Take a breath and have a look:

  • 18-35 for a 51.43% completion rate
  • QB rating of 89.3
  • 2 touchdowns / 1 interception
  • 11 sacks for 98 yards lost

Again, that is a small sample size of 3+ games but those are subterranean numbers.

The QB rating is not too bad.  It is propped up by 11 of those 18 completions going for first downs and you could argue the interception was more about Tyler Lockett falling down against the Rams.  

Yet the completion percentage drop from 78% to 51% when he holds the ball?  My goodness.

And the sacks.  Do you understand how horrid that is?  In only 46 dropbacks that lasted more than 2.5 seconds, Smith was sacked 11 times – an eye-watering 24% of those dropbacks.

If Smith were to play a full season and still have that 24% number, he will get sacked between 55-70 times.  Actually, he would not because he would either be seriously injured or benched first.  

Can he do better this year?  Surely, he can.

Enough to be pedestrian?  Let alone effective?  That might be too much to ask.  The data we have says that Geno is not good when the play goes off script and he needs to quickly process the play and make an effective decision.

Have the Seahawks been able to coach better decision making into him this offseason?  


Not really…

This is where the Geno Smith critics make their case.  

He has very little feel for pressure in the pocket, no escape plan and rarely is he able to buy time while keeping his eyes downfield.  There is no doubt that Denver knows this and will be scheming to stop the run and force Geno to hold onto the ball.

Are we saying that vast of a gap in effectiveness will continue Monday?  Not necessarily in those two extremes.

Yet the die is cast.  Offensive success depends on the Seahawks running the ball often and well and getting the ball out quickly in the passing game.

Does that mean the Seahawks should not try deep passes?  Of course not.  But with a limited quarterback, it is a process to work those opportunities open.  Much more so than with a quarterback in full possession of his faculties like Russell Wilson.  Patience and timing will be key.

Each step’s success depends on the foundation that the other steps have built.  Running the ball preps the defenders to look for it.  It is easier then to take the snap and throw immediately when defenders need that extra half second to diagnose the play.  Then throwing deep is easier when defenders have been lulled to sleep by slant after slant and crosser after crosser.

442 Responses to “Curtis Allen’s week one watchpoints (vs Denver)”

  1. Big Mike says:

    Thanks cha. I almost have hope for a Seattle win. Almost.
    One of the things you mentioned was that the peacock would need to play a large role and have a very good game in order to slow the Denver run game. To say I’m skeptical that will happen would be an understatement.
    Broncos 31 Hawks 9

    • cha says:

      Granted, but I have more confidence that he will be used in a beneficial way than I ever did under Ken Norton Jr.

      I can’t wait to see what Hurtt, Desai and Scott have put together for this game.

      • Peter says:

        Most likely they will use him better.

        Small story line: was this actually worth the trade or is Adams well and truly a worthless investment. May or may not know this tonight.

    • Peter says:

      3/3 on field goals….or…..missed PAT and 1/2 on field goals?

      • Big Mike says:

        3 for 3
        And I’ve been at 31-6 for several weeks but I gave the Hawks one more partial drive.

        • Peter says:

          I’m pretty comfortable with yours.

          I’ll say 31-17. Caveat. The final td comes in the last five minutes when denver goes completely bend don’t break and is running out the whole fourth quarter.

          Cha made a great post. I think it’ll be lights out when Denver gets up 17-0 early in the second quarter.

  2. Peter says:

    Really great stuff, Cha.

    The big issues for me are tackling. Special teams. Who steps up running the rock.

    For denver if the backs are more consistent do they throw in more RPO? Is wilson going to continue taking drive killing sacks or does denver actually use their TE’s?

    A big time game with a referendum type feel from two teams we realistically know next to nothing about.

  3. Mick says:

    Nice work cha.

    I just hope that we won’t look like an unfinished business anymore, on D and on STs. We have a better shot at this game than expected, but I still it’s gonna be damn hard to stop Russ.

  4. Hawks4life says:

    I see no way the Hawks win this game. 30-13 Broncos

  5. KennyBadger says:

    Looking forward to these again this season Cha but executing these game plans depends on personnel and coaching, neither of which I have a lot of faith in this season.

    35-10 Denver, and I’m on the record for a 4-13 season.

  6. VanHawk says:

    Holy smokes Cha, the John Lennon of SDB!

    Great prose and analysis.

    Thank you

    • cha says:


      But maybe more like Ringo Starr. Maybe a song every album or two.

      • Big Mike says:

        More like George who got one or two songs per album that he wrote. Ringo didn’t write any of the songs he sang until Octopus’s Garden on Abbey Road which was the last album they ever recorded together.

  7. Trevor says:

    Great stuff Cha thanks!

    I will be the delusional Hawks fan this week.

    27-24 Hawks with Penny rushing for 150 yds +

    This will be the highlight of the year for the Hawks. Predicting a 5-12 season and top 5 pick in next years draft.

  8. Simo says:

    I just hope we see a semi-competitive team and effort, and all the rookies getting important time on the field.

  9. Gaux Hawks says:

    Wondering how badly Russell will be missing Lockett… they had some incredible chemistry.

    Did Russell make Lockett look so good?

    Did Lockett make Russell look so good?

  10. DC says:

    I think the difference here is Hackett. What he did w/ A-Rod I think will do wonders w/ RW.

    • Peter says:

      Maybe the real story. Not peteball vs. Chef russ. But a great offensive mind and what happens there and in green bay.

  11. Ashish says:

    One game which i would like to win this season for many reasons. I hope cha is right and peacock plays well in new defense system. Geno hope he has 200 yards 1 TD 35 rushing yards. Anything more than that it our fault to expect more.

  12. Romeo A57 says:

    Cha thanks for setting up the things to watch for tonight. Generally I believe the team with the better QB will win,but this could be a weird game with the Seahawks knowledge of Russ and Russ have to learn new team mates and a new offensive game plan.

    Geno looks a lot better than Trey right now, but I shouldn’t look ahead:)

  13. Jordan says:

    Rob, had a chance to check out Garret Shrader (Syracuse) ?

    Draft eligible; but not sure if just a fun college QB or if there’s some pro potential there.

  14. bv eburg says:

    Thanks Cha,
    Denver 27
    Seattle 6

  15. TomLPDX says:

    Nice article Curtis.

    I really think a big factor for the Denver O will be how much improvisation will be required by the Denver receivers and OLinemen to adjust to live-action Russ scrambles. Tyler was a master, as was Doug, when playing with Russ.

    No expectations for tonight, just sit back and watch.

  16. 805Hawk says:

    Am I the only one who just can’t wait for this game to be over so we can move on from the drama? Media and twitter have become almost unbearable. How many “should Hawks fans boo Russ” articles do we have to see? Really, it’s made Hawks fans look very much the jilted girlfriend.

  17. L80 says:

    This would be the perfect time to utilize our expensive TE group for some of those slants, crosses, and seams.

  18. Palatypus says:

    Marcus Spears on NFL Live just predicted the Broncos to win “by 50.”

    How about a drinking game?

  19. 206 says:

    Sure is strange seeing Wilson warm up a the Clink in Broncos gear

  20. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Well done cha. Some good stuff in here.

    Inside pressure obscures his [Wilson’s] vision and forces him to make decisions faster than he would like

    A good deal of his magic happens when he gets out of the pocket and buys time for his receivers

    Absolutely. And I’m really excited to see how Hurtt disguises the blitz, especially inside and outside-in stunts. We have several players who can get to the QB from a bunch of different spots. I hope we see a basic formation from which they run multiple looks to keep Wilson guessing about the scheme.

    Pete Carroll has this team understanding that run blocking is everyone’s assignment.

    I totally understand the pessimism of some of the community. Pete’s blown a lot of the goodwill and “in Pete we trust” benefit of the doubt that he built up over 2012-14. I’m one of his more vocal critics here, though mostly because I feel like he’s borderline contemptuous of us fans.

    But I still recognize he’s one of the best ever to coach in college and the pros. It’s possible he’s done. But it’s also possible he can get this team to believe they are something more than everyone else thinks they are. I don’t know that they have quite the defensive roster they did in 2011, but that’s the vibe I’m getting. We don’t yet know what they have in Bryant, Woolen or Mafe. But that trio could be just as foundational in their own way as Thomas, Chancellor and Sherman were.

    Point is, I’m giving Carroll (and Hurtt/Desai) a chance to work some magic with them before I write him off for good.

    I like some of our positional matchups with Denver. I like our defensive secondary vs the Broncos WRs. I like our OLBs/DEs vs their OTs. I worry about our DTs and ILBs vs their run game, including Wilson. They better not forget about him and let him run his way to a win. But because we didn’t see any of Diggs, Adams, Brooks or Woods (not much), I sincerely hope they add some stiffness inside the hashmarks.

    I like our run game vs Denver’s defense. A lot. Especially with our OL. I hope the starting line up is Cross-Hayes-Blythe-Curhan-Lucas but they’re paying Jackson for a reason so I guess he should earn it. Anyway, I want to watch Penny pick up right where he left off last season. And if Homer and Dallas maintain their play from the preseason, we should score some points.

    Denver isn’t anything special. And after watching some teams I think are better that the Broncos falter yesterday, many on the road, I think this game will be closer than many are expecting. I don’t know which way it ends, but the score will be close, a FG or less. Wouldn’t be surprised with OT either.

    Go Hawks!

    • Peter says:

      Blitzy you often make good points and yet again you’re doing it here.

      The only real gray area for me is “schroedingers brady.”

      Your matches are good. Damn the potential of the run game looks great.

      Is denver really nothing special? Or have they been an afterthought because of years of middling coaches and worse qb play?

      Then the flip side. Can wilson really not elevate a team? Or has this team been far worse than we realize?

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        When I said Denver isn’t anything special, I meant I think Wilson the Bronco won’t be markedly different than Wilson the Seahawk until that roster gets better.

        So many questions swirling around this team and the media circus about just two of the characters doesn’t help any.

        • Peter says:

          That’s why I agree with many posters above and kind of wish this game was over.

          Or rob and wish this was mid-season so the potential for scrutiny was possibly lower.

  21. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Seattle FO gets (and deserves) a lot of flak for how much they paid for Adams. But fwiw, I think what SF paid for Trey Lance is worse.

  22. Rob Staton says:

    Myles Adams inactive

    Thank god we’re not risking his fantastic pre-season form translating into the regular season

  23. Scot04 says:

    Thanks for the continued great content.
    Rob much appreciated on the extra weekly QB updates & other.
    Nice pregame summary Cha.
    Can’t believe Miles Adams inactive in favor of Collier, star in preseason doesn’t mean much evidently. Always compete, so Coleman will likely start over Cobe as well; regardless of how bad Coleman looked.

  24. Rob Staton says:

    All of the Seahawks fans on twitter right now bagging Russ… and those in the stadium who spent an afternoon doing arts and crafts to make a sign to hold up

    They’ll be the first ones to boo at half-time if it’s 21-0 to Denver

    • Peter says:

      “Arts and crafts” lol.

      Images of glitter, glue, macaroni, and a paper plate making a sparkly peacock.

    • cha says:

      The number of fans in the stadium with goofy getups would be impressive if it wasn’t so tacky.

      The most clever one ia a navy RW jersey with “awkward” stitched over the name plate.

  25. Rob Staton says:

    Do Seahawks fans not realise that Wilson is going to thrive off all this booing nonsense?

  26. Tomas says:

    Illusions and delusions will be peeled away shortly. Boos bring shame only to that portion of the Seahawk fan base. Broncos 37 Seahawks 3. The misery begins in earnest.

  27. Romeo A57 says:

    I was listening to Softy for some reason before the game. Encouraging all of the fans to boo, Superbowl win was all on the LOB and that it is all Russ’s fault that he left.

    No mention that Russ was the main reason that the Seahawks have been relevant since the LOB was disbanded or that the FO has wanted to get rid of Russ since 2018. It was pathetic fan service.

    We should appreciate former players contributions pre game. Booing them like crazy during the game is fine. I cannot fathom how anyone can put all of the blame on Russ for leaving.

  28. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Russell Wilson will always be one of my favorite Seahawks. I am truly grateful for what he did for this franchise and the broader community.

    It’s weird seeing him in another uniform, especially at Lumen. But I wish him continued success.

    Just not today.

  29. samprassultanofswat says:

    My prediction: It’s late in the game. Denver has a three or four point lead. Seattle has possession of the football. What does Geno Smith do? He turns the ball over. Denver cashes in for a TD and the Broncos win by 10 or 11 points.

  30. Rob Staton says:

    Stadium is full of Denver fans

    Look at the orange

  31. Bmseattle says:

    Looks like a lot of orange in the crowd.

  32. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Alright. Alright. Alright.

  33. Rob Staton says:

    Well that was quite a start

  34. Blitzy the Clown says:

    It’s not always doom n gloom.

    That was a right proper opening drive, notwithstanding a mistake or two.

  35. Robbie says:

    Well that was something!!! HAHA WOW

  36. Bmseattle says:

    A fast srart, huh?
    Go figure!

  37. AlaskaHawk says:

    Whoo Hoo. Geno still has a little gas left in the tank

  38. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That was well schemed, and even better executed. I’m impressed.

  39. Peter says:

    Excellent start.

  40. Chris says:

    I love throwing to do even when there is tight coverage. That’s how you use a big w.r

  41. Big Mike says:

    Geno did a good job shaking that blitzer

  42. seaspunj says:

    Geno smith doing his best Russell Crowe gladiator gif quote … are you not entertained?!


  43. Dave1401 says:

    Damn that was satisfying. Love that DK is being featured like he should be

  44. HOUSE says:

    Pleasantly surprised with that start. Good catches by Metcalf/Lockett early… Geno looked poised!

  45. Rob Staton says:

    Why Joe Buck is the best and gets so much unnecessary crap

    He knows when not to say anything

  46. Blitzy the Clown says:

    So Mike Jackson an Tariq Woolen are starting CBs?

  47. Rob Staton says:

    Classic Jamal there

    Big run for Denver… first down

    Jamal in the RB’s face after he makes a big play

  48. Chris says:

    Do we not practice contain on the edges?

  49. Bmseattle says:

    Russ knows we cant cover tight ends

  50. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Taylor’s blown outside contain twice now.

  51. KennyBadger says:

    I guess I was expecting more of an individual intro of RW and not a running out with the team, but obviously I put no thought into that. If I was there and the almighty ran out with the opposition, I’d boo.

  52. Big Mike says:

    Look at the peacock jawing at a guy who just ran for an 11 yd gain

  53. Robbie says:

    OOOOOOOHHHH COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!! Gotta pick that

    • 206 says:

      literally doesnt know how to use his hands lol. Cmon Jamal! At least he was in the right spot can’t ask too much right

  54. Scot04 says:

    Another off Adams facemask

  55. Blitzy the Clown says:

    So far tackling is not much better than the preseason

  56. Denver Hawker says:

    I’m convinced Adams practices facemasking the ball with the jugs.

  57. Chris says:

    They should make Jamal’s face mask with a big triangle in it so he can catch the ball.

  58. Rob Staton says:

    Awful hit by Kareem Jackson

    Would’ve been ejected in CFB

  59. Blitzy the Clown says:

    There we go Penny!

  60. Blitzy the Clown says:

    He didn’t get it. Kick the FG

  61. Chris says:

    Ge o is really helping the oline by getting the ball out quick.

  62. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Shoulda kicked the FG

  63. Rob Staton says:

    I think if you’re going to play Pete-ball, just do it

    That’s an avoidable momentum swing there

    You’re in a game where you need to match punches

  64. Chris says:

    It was the right call just bad result.

  65. Robbie says:

    I’m not mad about it, wish we would have gotten it. Opportunity shifted though.

  66. icb12 says:

    Love the call.
    But that was the most poorly executed QB sneak I’ve seen in a while.

  67. Rob Staton says:

    Darrell Taylor looks totally lost

  68. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Terrible awful no good tackling

  69. Trevor says:

    Hawks run D is looking abysmal again and what is Taylor doing out there. Look totally lost and can’t keep contain.

  70. Robbie says:

    Seriously WRAP UP! Annoying.

  71. Big Mike says:

    Blitzy was right, tackling is shit so far

  72. Rob Staton says:

    If Darrell Taylor wants to be more than a pass rush specialist, he needs to learn how to play the edge properly and contain.

  73. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Hot take:

    Offense is better than I expected.
    Defense is worse. Way worse.

  74. vanhawksfan says:

    The run defense has been horrible. 1 linebacker and an undrafted interior D are not a good combo.

  75. Kyle R says:

    Actually surprisingly happy with the offense, but damn the defense can’t tackle and or takes terrible routes to the ball carrier.

  76. TomLPDX says:

    Nice sack

  77. dand393 says:

    And down goes adams I mean that’s longer then I thought he’d make it haha

  78. TomLPDX says:

    Is Jamal done?

  79. Robbie says:

    Hey look, Adams is hurt. Shocking.

  80. icb12 says:

    We have a wounded peacock.
    Didn’t take long

  81. Big Mike says:

    We finally get to see Adams used the way we would like to see him used and he gets hurt good grief

  82. Scot04 says:

    The China Doll looks broken again.

  83. TomLPDX says:

    So glad to see Tyler doing punt return duties.

  84. Kyle R says:

    Hey Jamal made it to the 2nd quarter before injury!

  85. KennyBadger says:

    Rub some leather polish on it peacock.

  86. Rob Staton says:

    Very surprised Denver ceased to keep running to the outside

  87. Big Mike says:

    Overrunder on the number of games the peacock misses is 6

  88. Bmseattle says:

    How did he not block that punt?!
    What a missed opportunity!

  89. Trevor says:

    So funny Broncos fans on twitter already complaining about Russ not getting rid of the ball.

  90. Trevor says:

    Thank god the Broncos just don’t keep feeding Williams and Gordon. They are getting 6-8 yds a carry everytime they run outside.

  91. Rob Staton says:

    I see the dumb taunting penalties remain in the NFL

  92. Big Mike says:

    I am encouraged that penny pops up after everyone shows no sign of pain

  93. Rob Staton says:

    Fantastic from Austin Blythe there

    • Trevor says:

      Been really impressed with Blythe because you don’t notice him barely at all which is a great thing for a Center. If he stays healthy looks like a good addition.

  94. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Rumblin stumblin bumblin Penny

  95. TomLPDX says:

    Austin Blythe! Earned his money on that play!

  96. Seahawkwalt says:

    Pleasant surprised..

  97. Rob Staton says:

    Jamal Adams on a cart and going into the locker room

    You couldn’t make it up

  98. vanhawksfan says:

    Denver does not look like a team where Russ was the missing piece. The draft picks could 12-18

  99. Kyle R says:

    Jamal Adams…Mr. Fucking Glass

  100. Chris says:

    I love how our offense is eating clock

  101. Romeo A57 says:

    Still can’t execute a screen pass

  102. Hawks4life says:

    Dink and dunk, run the ball a bit, this is the Seahawks offense

  103. Robbie says:

    Huh, not a smart play.

  104. Big Mike says:

    Now here’s a spot where we really need the field goal from Myers

  105. Denver Hawker says:

    Kind of early for hot takes, but I’m moderately pleased with what I see out of Geno- this feels like his ceiling, but its good enough to win some games this year.

    He looks athletic, gets the ball out on time and the offense operates with more rhythm. Guessing there will be a bone-headed throw at some point here, but so far so good in my book.

  106. Rob Staton says:

    Oh dear, Coby Bryant

  107. Trevor says:

    Nice throw by Russ. Rookie CB looking like a rookie on that play.

  108. Spenny Dunks says:

    Good recovery by Bryant but he’s got to get the head around and not get juked off the line like that. Shades of Kelly Jennings.

  109. Robbie says:

    Ugh, if he tuned his head a little sooner! But he got smoked off the line though

    • Matthew says:

      Haven’t seen Wilson hit a receiver in stride since Sidney Rice way back against NE. Shouldn’t have even been close to being contested if not for the under throw.

  110. Dave Stacey says:

    Uncle Will rocking the Goose moustache for you Rob

  111. Blitzy the Clown says:

    They have schemed the offense perfectly for Geno tonight.

  112. Rob Staton says:

    To say Geno Smith has had a fantastic first half would be to undersell his performance

  113. Chris says:

    So this is what a normal offense looks like

  114. TomLPDX says:

    Who are these guys? What did they do with our real players!!!

  115. Trevor says:

    I am shocked with how efficient this offence looks so far against what was thought to be a solid defense. Looks exactly like the type of ball control offence Pete wants. Who is this guy playing QB I have not seen him before?

  116. Matthew says:

    Wild, but Geno looks better than Wilson right now.

  117. Seahawkwalt says:

    Geno looks really good. I like the game plan so far. OL giving him time

  118. Matt says:

    Good for Geno. Not many difficult throws but he’s taking what’s given. Have to give him credit for that.

  119. Mike says:

    Finally the Seahawks have quarterback

  120. Romeo A57 says:

    Good stuff by Geno. I suspect that this Brocos defense will end up at the bottom of the league. They do not seem to have many playmakers.

    • Matt says:

      Denver defense looks atrocious and undisciplined. I agree – they’ll end up a bottom 8 unit. Geno just throwing to wide open guys.

  121. Troy says:

    Guys guys, hear me out. Are we absolutely certain that the “Geno Smith” we see is the same player of the past? Space Jam has shown that maybe aliens sucked out his athleticism and maybe it was given back before the game. Im open to ideas

  122. vanhawksfan says:

    What a total departure from the entire league yesterday – Seattle offense looks great and the defense looks poor …. Go figure….

  123. Trevor says:

    Seems like the Waldron and the Hawks figured out how to get the TE’s involved over the offseason. Lots of TE heavy sets.

  124. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Taylor is bloody awful tonight

    • Hebegbs says:

      He looks out of shape and/or disinterested. The D line looks overmatched every play. LB’s, CB’s and safeties making all the tackles. Bad. Adams knee injury. He may be done.

      Our new tackles look good. Like some of the new things going on O.

  125. Chris says:

    We will see how geno does after the broncos make some halftime adjustments.

  126. Bmseattle says:

    Our run defense is pathetic

  127. vanhawksfan says:

    Btw – “Let’s ride….”

  128. Chris says:

    Pete won’t be happy with this run defense

  129. drrew76 says:

    As bad a head coach as Fangio was, he was an elite defensive coach.

    Denver fans quickly finding out how much of a role he played.

  130. Big Mike says:

    If I were Denver I would run the hell out of the ball and then hit Seattle with some play action deep shots as the game went on

  131. Ky Swift says:

    Screens are killing us!

  132. Chris says:

    Denver should keep running the ball until Seattle can stop it

  133. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Too much time to throw. The pass rush is stagnant.

  134. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Oh cmon Diggs!

  135. KennyBadger says:

    2 expensive drops by our safeties. In more f’n way than 1.

  136. Trevor says:

    Thats 3 picks (Adams, Bryant, Diggs) the Hawks secondary have missed.

  137. Chris says:

    If I was the broncos I would start blitzing geno in the 2nd half

  138. Dave1401 says:

    Wilson has been so careless with the ball. One particular egregious throw that went unmentioned was the play where Jamal got injured.

    There’s going to be more opportunities for turnovers we just need to take advantage

  139. Kyle R says:

    I get you just got a new toy in Russell Wilson and he has something to prove this game but damn Denver if you just run the ball you’ll pick up 7+ yards every play.

  140. cha says:

    Geno to the tight ends

    6-6, 96 yards, 2 TD

  141. Zane says:

    Rob is right, this D desperately needs a *dude* on the defensive line, someone teams must respect whether it’s a DT or EDGE.

  142. Blitzy the Clown says:

    “Geno’s off to a solid start”

    I’m sorry espn, what’s your definition of solid.

  143. TomLPDX says:

    I’m watching the regular ESPN broadcast and recording the Manningcast to watch tomorrow.

    Really hope we pull this out!

    Let’s Ride Hawks!

  144. Romeo A57 says:

    I am getting a smile thinking about fantasy owners who started Geno this week over ARod, Dak or Carr.

    • Big Mike says:

      Oh come on man that would have been exactly no 1. People may have started Gino in 16 team leagues cuz it’s because hes who they had for their flex or something like that. I can’t believe a single person would start him over Rodgers or Dak or a Carr

  145. Scot04 says:

    Time for our new defense to step up big.

  146. Hebegbs says:

    Find it interesting most of us thought the O would be the main issue (and maybe still be 1/2 a game is no great indication). But our D looks pretty bad. I guess same bend don’t break. We just don’t seem to have that “dude” on the D. Or dudes.

  147. Scot04 says:

    Big hold that should have been called on Oline

  148. Old but Slow says:

    Nice to see Dallas make a big hit, and then take his #31 and punched his hand like a former LB I remember.

  149. Kyle R says:

    Any time the Seahawks want to stop the run…..yeah that’d be great.

  150. Scot04 says:

    Didn’t really look too much like PI by Woolen

  151. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Yes! Goal line fumble!

  152. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nwosu is having himself a nice game

  153. Robbie says:

    Oh I like that, I like that a lot!

  154. seaspunj says:

    bend but dont break on goal line

  155. Scot04 says:

    Definitely needed that.

  156. downtownjewelrybryan says:

    DIGGS 💪🏽

  157. seaspunj says:

    cmon Seahawks its not midnight yet need to ride this carriage far before it turns into a pumpkin

  158. Bmseattle says:

    Geno seeming less comfortable

  159. Romeo A57 says:

    DK’s arm was down. Should be Seahawks ball

  160. Hawks4life says:

    It’s going to be a frustrating year for DK with no deep shots but it’s a good chance for him to improve his short game

  161. Robbie says:

    I absolutely hate that play call. If you want to go right back to DK let him run a route, that quick throw crap rarely works.

  162. Trevor says:

    Nice play by Woolen.

  163. Scot04 says:

    Ouch.. barely got it out before DK’s elbow hit.
    Need Defense to step up again.

  164. Bmseattle says:

    How is that not OPI?

  165. Old but Slow says:

    Have not seen much of Lockett. Look for him late.

  166. Spenny Dunks says:

    Really like how the Secondary is looking. I think Brooks has looked good too and Barton not out of place. Looking forward to the PFF ratings.

  167. Trevor says:

    Then he makes a terrible play. Life of a rookie CB

  168. Seahawkwalt says:

    Taylor was held..

  169. Scot04 says:

    Didn’t even need to hold there

  170. Blitzy the Clown says:


  171. seaspunj says:

    man this dee is showing some fight and resilience well done

  172. Scot04 says:

    Wow, just Wow

  173. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I think Woods blew that play up, shoved the C back into the RB and killed that run in the backfield.

  174. Romeo A57 says:

    The Hawks defense keeps waiting until the ball is deep in the red zone before balling out.

  175. Justin Mullikin says:

    It’s the good ol’ give the ball to the Seahawks. My favorite play!

  176. Hebegbs says:

    Was just going to say I haven’t noticed Q Jeff or Shelby Harris tonight. But then we get a TO. Go figure.

  177. Old but Slow says:

    Twice! HaHaHaHaHa!

  178. Mike says:

    I’m no pass rushing expert but it seems like Darrell taylor only tries to beat tackles with speed, it’s like the same move around the edge every time. But I might be wrong

  179. Mick says:

    Waking up to a fumble with Seattle ahead. Neat.

  180. Big Mike says:

    Is finally a different route for Dee

  181. seaspunj says:

    Nwosu with the punch fumble man hes a difference maker

  182. Trevor says:

    The Hawks actually look competent on 3rd down.

  183. Seahawkwalt says:

    Cross and Lucas are studs

  184. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Geezus Geno take a slide man

  185. Seahawkwalt says:

    Geno’s got heart…I like it.

  186. Bmseattle says:

    Fans are going to fall in love with Geno for plays like that.

  187. Blitzy the Clown says:

    If Wilson had Geno’s stats, the announcers wouldn’t be shutting up about it.

  188. Scot04 says:

    Need to finish this drive of with a TD.

  189. TomLPDX says:

    Cross is our new receiver

  190. Big Mike says:

    Special teams have been a real treat tonight especially considering what we saw in that preseason game against the bears

  191. KennyBadger says:

    Where were you on cross’s receiving skills Rob? 🫣

  192. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Homer and Dallas all over ST today

  193. Trevor says:

    Have a feeling there are going to be a lot of games like this during the season. One possession games coming down the wire.

  194. Big Mike says:

    I thought Wilson couldn’t throw over the middle

  195. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Woolen got a helmet on his shoulder. He’ll be ok. But I’ll tell you, Taylor was the EDGE on that play and again blew contain. Woolen shouldn’t have had too make that play.

  196. Mick says:

    Don’t like how many yards we give to Russ now.

  197. Blitzy the Clown says:

    There’s one of those outside in stunts!

  198. KennyBadger says:

    So it’s gonna be on geno to bring us back? Seems like a good story.

  199. Seahawkwalt says:

    Killing us with the short stuff

  200. Blitzy the Clown says:

    You know, Barton’s having a nice game tonight. He’s definitely not a liability out there.

  201. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Cmon let’s hold ’em to a FG

  202. Blitzy the Clown says:

    You’d be forgiven for thinking the only defense Seattle practiced this preseason was goal line.

    But hey, if you’re gonna be good at one thing…

  203. Scot04 says:

    Well it all comes down to Geno. Can he lead a big touchdown drive here to put the pressure on. Need that 8 point lead

  204. Mick says:

    Gotta put some points on the board now, least a field goal.

  205. Hebegbs says:

    I’ll eat crow a bit. There was Shelby Harris!!!

  206. seaspunj says:

    geno needs to close this out and eat up as much clock as possible and score
    time for the Oline trenches to dig deep

  207. Rob Staton says:

    Some of my fears about Charles Cross and this offense showing up in the second half

  208. Mick says:

    Worst timing ever to get sacked. And why don’t they run it?

  209. Kyle R says:

    Smith’s weakness always has been and still is feeling pressure and stepping up

  210. Matt says:

    82% for a 7.0 YPA

  211. JC3 says:

    Brutal, OLB done nothing so far this game.

  212. Robbie says:

    3 straight throws….confusing.

  213. Vanhawksfan says:

    I’m torn. Overall great showiing for Seattle. Denver looks average, at best. Lose with a good showing. Get the QB we need next year and a mid-first rounder that could get us pass rush!!!

    • 805Hawk says:

      This is exactly what I was just explaining to my son. You don’t want to win 8 games and pick in the middle of the draft. Rather a strong showing and a loss.

  214. Ashish says:

    Geno’s time to prove the world wrong.

  215. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I agree on this challenge. That spot and the measurement were bollocks

  216. Blitzy the Clown says:

    The Bronco receiver extends the ball over the line to gain but then pulls it back as he goes to the ground and the ball is about a half a yard short when his elbow touches and the play is over.

  217. Hebegbs says:

    Unless Pete is just trying to give his D a breather, this challenge of the spot is stupid.

  218. Chris says:

    Another year with no pass rush

  219. Scot04 says:

    Huge 3rd down. Can the D come up with a big tackle for loss.

  220. Hawks4life says:

    Is it just me or have we barely seen Mafe today

  221. Robbie says:

    Seriously can we not stop the short crap? I don’t understand

  222. Chris says:

    I’m not seeing the creative defense they promised.

  223. Mick says:

    We need one of our famous stops at our 3 yards.

  224. Scot04 says:

    Well we know it’s 4 down territory for Denver.

  225. Romeo A57 says:

    Stupid clock management by Denver here.

  226. Bmseattle says:

    So its not just Pete that can’t manage the clock.

  227. Bmseattle says:

    Sooo stupid to call timeout there!

  228. Blitzy the Clown says:

    That’s a close shave!

  229. Matt says:

    Some of the most appalling coaching I’ve ever seen. Incredible.

  230. Big Mike says:

    Do not agree with how Denver played this. But we got to win out of it

  231. Mick says:

    OMG we did it somehow!

  232. Scot04 says:

    Perfect win.

  233. Tyler says:

    Watching this game makes me wonder whether Russ played a role in the ridiculous play clock management we’ve seen the last ten years.

  234. Big Mike says:

    Kick was long enough too just barely wide left

  235. Bmseattle says:

    What a bizarre end of game management decision

  236. Matthew says:

    Down 1 point and you go with a 64 yard FG instead of turning to Mr Unlimited?

  237. DC says:

    Hackett lost this game for Denver. Hate it that Seattle won don’t want to inflate the wins for draft positions but atleast this helps keep Denvers position down.

  238. Scot04 says:

    Very conservative game plan by Denver.

  239. Vanhawksfan says:

    Good trade, finally….

  240. Dave Stacey says:

    2 1sts , 2nds a ton of players and money and they kick a 64 yards FG wtf

  241. Trevor says:

    Yessssss! The $100 on the money line hits!

  242. Big Mike says:

    What was the point of trading for Russ if you don’t trust him?

  243. Dave1401 says:

    2 fumbles at the goal line, a dozen stupid penalties, time management, not sticking with the toss plays to the outside…

    Broncos fans must be fuming

  244. Mick says:

    So at the end of the day we held Russ to one freaking TD.

  245. Kyle R says:

    Man Denver….I have questions about your coach.

  246. Trevor says:

    Don’t want to over react because it is only week #1 but I feel even more confident than ever that the Hawks end up with two picks in the top 15 this year.

  247. Chris says:

    And here were complaining about Pete, but Denver’s coach was really bad.

  248. Tomas says:

    I was profoundly WRONG about this team, and pretty much everything … what a game, Wow!

  249. Ross says:

    Geno played better than I expected, but Den gave this game away with terrible penalties, 2 goal line fumbles, and a stupid play call to kick a long FG. Lucky win for Seattle, but this team isn’t good.

    • Matt says:

      Geno can perform fine against bad defenses and a strict script. He was almost worthless when the script is turned off and the defense gets going.

      This was, however, a huge positive. Both teams are gonna give us high picks. Future will be bright after next offseason.

  250. samprassultanofswat says:

    Seahawks win! Seahawks win! The Seahawks!

    I back EVERYTHING I said about Geno Smith.

  251. SoCal12 says:

    Good result or not, and I quite liked the outcome, I think the thing thay actually made me happy the most was seeing the potential in our rookies and young players. They weren’t amazing, and made rookie moves like rookies do, but they still got a gutsy win and showed flashes. That’s all I want from this season.

  252. 12th chuck says:

    anyone seen D’Wayne Eskridge?

  253. Don Logan says:

    Obviously, the Seahawks own the NFC West.

  254. Hebegbs says:

    Denver gave this game away. 2 goal line fumbles. The penalties by Den. End of game time mgmt.

    Russ played solidly seemed game plan was all underneath which worked but they had opps all night deep. Geno played solidly as well. But no points in 2nd? Cross decent first 1/2-got balled in 2nd many times by Chubb. Understandable. Lucas played great. D line was mostly bad except when on our 3 yard line. We need another good LB obviously.

    12’s were crazy loud all game. A bit of a false flag game to me. Think we win 5 or 6 max. I do not have great faith in either O or D to put it together game to game. Hopefully good spurts and things we can build on for the future

  255. JC3 says:

    Russell Wilson’s curse in reverse and I feel great!!!