Curtis Allen’s week one watchpoints (vs Denver)

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.

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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?  

Well…

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 Comments

  1. Big Mike

    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

      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

        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

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

      • Big Mike

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

      • Big Mike

        What say you?

        • Peter

          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

    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

    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

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

  5. KennyBadger

    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.

    • Peter

      Same on 4-13.

      • Big Mike

        5-12
        I’m Mr. Optimistic (LOL)

  6. VanHawk

    Holy smokes Cha, the John Lennon of SDB!

    Great prose and analysis.

    Thank you

    • cha

      Thanks

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

      • Big Mike

        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

    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.

    • Peter

      Bold prediction.

      Hoping highlight of the year is something like Mafe getting a few votes for DROY.

  8. Simo

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

    • Simo

      I also wonder how long before Penny gets hurt. I’ll set the o/u at two quarters, and take the under!

  9. Gaux Hawks

    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?

    • Peter

      Both maybe?

      Russ will probably miss Lockett but I think Lockett will feel the loss more.

  10. DC

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

    • Peter

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

  11. Ashish

    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

    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

    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.

    • Rob Staton

      I haven’t

  14. bv eburg

    Thanks Cha,
    Denver 27
    Seattle 6

  15. TomLPDX

    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

    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.

    • Rob Staton

      100% agreed

    • TomLPDX

      I’m getting tired of the Pete vs. Russ storyline as well. Just play ball already.

      • Peter

        Same

        • Big Mike

          Ditto

    • Big Boi

      100% agree. Time to move on. The build up to this one game has been downright exhausting.

    • Robbie

      I hate to say it but I’m fully on board for wanting the season over already so we can get to draft time.

      • Peter

        This right here.

        The next draft will be the one that really shows where the team is going.

        • Big Mike

          And another ditto from me

  17. L80

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

    • Noah

      How bout for 2 TDs?!?

  18. Palatypus

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

    How about a drinking game?

  19. 206

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

    • 206

      whoops, Lumen field

  20. Rob Staton

    Ah yes

    The Seahawks fashion shows are back

    https://twitter.com/Seahawks/status/1569448850104139776/photo/1

    • Robbie

      Could they just not….this is terrible LOL

    • KennyBadger

      Maybe he’s playing against agents in the matrix tonight 🤮

    • TomLPDX

      I could have done without seeing that. So tired of this peacock.

    • Big Boi

      Worst part is that probably cost more than all the clothes I’ve bought in the last five years combined. Maybe ten.

      • Peter

        Definitely for me. I spend serious bucks on work wear trying to stay comfortable in the elements and that’s easily more then 10 years of my gear.

    • Group Captain Mandrake

      Proof that money does not buy taste.

    • Peter

      Who is this for? Who sees this and gets hyped?

      • Rob Staton

        No idea

        Judging by the comments, thirsty women

    • Ashish

      On the same photo please put match stats after the game.

      • Peter

        Assist. Excellent idea

        • Peter

          *ashish*

  21. Blitzy the Clown

    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

      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

        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

          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.

  22. Blitzy the Clown

    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.

  23. Rob Staton

    Myles Adams inactive

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

    • Blitzy the Clown

      No reason to have an extra player at one of the thinnest position groups

    • Peter

      Is he injured? You got to play a guy who fights for a spot.

    • 12th chuck

      this is why pc should move on or be fired. A Lepard can’t change his spots

    • Big Mike

      Alton Robinson doesn’t like your post

  24. Scot04

    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.

    • Scot04

      Oops forgot Collier is out

      • Ashish

        Right Scott no one stays behind Collier.

  25. Rob Staton

    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

      “Arts and crafts” lol.

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

    • cha

      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.

  26. Rob Staton

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

    • Ashish

      Just respect and treat him as opponent make noise when he taking snap

    • cha

      Seahawks aren’t doing anything to tamp it down.

      Palpable energy in the stadium.

      Seahwks trotting out every former player they can find to get on the big screen and wave to the crowd.

      It’s odd, exciting and cringey all at the same time.

      In other words, it’s a PC led Seahawks game.

      • Hawks4life

        And the fans eat it up, Pete has brainwashed a large majority of the fans.

        • Big Mike

          Let’s see how that plays out by the end of the season

          • Hawks4life

            I don’t see it much different unfortunately

  27. Tomas

    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.

  28. Romeo A57

    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.

  29. Blitzy the Clown

    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.

    • Hawks4life

      Agreed

      • Romeo A57

        Definitely hope Russ has a bad game. Go Hawks!

  30. samprassultanofswat

    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.

  31. Rob Staton

    Stadium is full of Denver fans

    Look at the orange

  32. Bmseattle

    Looks like a lot of orange in the crowd.

  33. Blitzy the Clown

    Alright. Alright. Alright.

  34. Rob Staton

    Well that was quite a start

    • seaspunj

      am I in another universe? who are these Seahawks all passing and 1 rush? and a TE for a TD?!

      that was nice

      • Bmseattle

        Its the offense that Russ always wanted!😏

  35. Blitzy the Clown

    It’s not always doom n gloom.

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

  36. Robbie

    Well that was something!!! HAHA WOW

  37. Bmseattle

    A fast srart, huh?
    Go figure!

  38. AlaskaHawk

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

  39. Blitzy the Clown

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

  40. Peter

    Excellent start.

  41. Chris

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

  42. Big Mike

    Geno did a good job shaking that blitzer

  43. seaspunj

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

    hahahah

  44. Dave1401

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

  45. HOUSE

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

    • HOUSE

      It sounds LOUD in there!!!

      • cha

        My ears are ringing I’m not exaggerating

  46. Rob Staton

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

    He knows when not to say anything

  47. Blitzy the Clown

    So Mike Jackson an Tariq Woolen are starting CBs?

  48. Rob Staton

    Classic Jamal there

    Big run for Denver… first down

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

    • Rob Staton

      Then heads the football instead of picking it off

      • Bmseattle

        Oh man…classic!

      • crazykind

        Was this close to catching that with my facemask!!

    • Bmseattle

      …after a terrible angle

      • Romeo A57

        But Rob isn’t being able to use your head critical in Football ⚽️?

        • Rob Staton

          John Terry would’ve been proud of that clearance

  49. Chris

    Do we not practice contain on the edges?

  50. Bmseattle

    Russ knows we cant cover tight ends

  51. Blitzy the Clown

    Taylor’s blown outside contain twice now.

  52. KennyBadger

    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.

  53. Big Mike

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

  54. Robbie

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

    • 206

      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

  55. Scot04

    Another off Adams facemask

  56. Blitzy the Clown

    So far tackling is not much better than the preseason

  57. Denver Hawker

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

    • Big Mike

      Too funny man

    • Scot04

      Well he is definitely good at it; hopefully one sticks in there.

    • Rob Staton

      To be fair, it was a great diving header

      USA could use that kind of defending in Qatar

      • Big Mike

        What’s happening in Qatar?

        I kid

      • Denver Hawker

        Truly his best attribute

  58. Chris

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

    • 206

      yes!!

  59. Rob Staton

    Awful hit by Kareem Jackson

    Would’ve been ejected in CFB

  60. Blitzy the Clown

    There we go Penny!

    • Seahawkwalt

      Nice block by Lucas on that 15 yard run

  61. Blitzy the Clown

    He didn’t get it. Kick the FG

  62. Chris

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

  63. Blitzy the Clown

    Shoulda kicked the FG

  64. Big Mike

    Uh oh

  65. Rob Staton

    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

    • Big Mike

      I was in favor of going for it but that is a very fair point

    • Scot04

      Yep big momentum killer. I would have preferred play action or just kick the field goal.

  66. Chris

    It was the right call just bad result.

  67. Robbie

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

  68. icb12

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

  69. Rob Staton

    Darrell Taylor looks totally lost

  70. Blitzy the Clown

    Terrible awful no good tackling

  71. Trevor

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

  72. Robbie

    Seriously WRAP UP! Annoying.

  73. Big Mike

    Blitzy was right, tackling is shit so far

  74. Rob Staton

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

  75. Blitzy the Clown

    Hot take:

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

  76. vanhawksfan

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

    • vanhawksfan

      DL

  77. Kyle R

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

  78. TomLPDX

    Nice sack

  79. dand393

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

  80. TomLPDX

    Is Jamal done?

  81. Robbie

    Hey look, Adams is hurt. Shocking.

    • Rob Staton

      The man is made of glass

      And not a strong glass

  82. icb12

    We have a wounded peacock.
    Didn’t take long

  83. Big Mike

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

    • Ashish

      Just frame the peacock

  84. Scot04

    The China Doll looks broken again.

  85. TomLPDX

    So glad to see Tyler doing punt return duties.

  86. Kyle R

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

  87. KennyBadger

    Rub some leather polish on it peacock.

    • Big Mike

      Ok this is funny

  88. Rob Staton

    Very surprised Denver ceased to keep running to the outside

    • Dave1401

      But then how is Wilson going to be MVP?

  89. Big Mike

    Overrunder on the number of games the peacock misses is 6

  90. Bmseattle

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

  91. Trevor

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

  92. Trevor

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

  93. Rob Staton

    I see the dumb taunting penalties remain in the NFL

  94. Big Mike

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

    • Big Mike

      * Every run

  95. Rob Staton

    Fantastic from Austin Blythe there

    • Trevor

      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.

  96. Blitzy the Clown

    Rumblin stumblin bumblin Penny

  97. TomLPDX

    Austin Blythe! Earned his money on that play!

  98. Seahawkwalt

    Pleasant surprised..

  99. Rob Staton

    Jamal Adams on a cart and going into the locker room

    You couldn’t make it up

    • Big Mike

      6 games

      • Big Mike

        Minimum

        • Bmseattle

          Season ender

          • Matthew

            Nah, he’ll be back in time for the playoffs 🙂

    • Trevor

      All joking aside one of the worst trades in NFL history compounded by one of the worst contacts.

      • Rob Staton

        Never should’ve traded for him

        Never should’ve paid him

        Awful

      • Big Mike

        💯 both of you guys

    • Spenny Dunks

      Makes it even easier to move on and cut bait this offseason. What a waste.

      • Rob Staton

        I suspect we’re stuck with him for one more year after this

        • Big Mike

          Agree Rob, sadly.

    • Ross

      Looks like an MCL or UCL sprain after his cleat stuck in the turf as he spun. Tough break for him after a good blitz

  100. vanhawksfan

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

    • Spenny Dunks

      So far this is best case scenario for us. Still a little early to say.

  101. Kyle R

    Jamal Adams…Mr. Fucking Glass

  102. Chris

    I love how our offense is eating clock

  103. Romeo A57

    Still can’t execute a screen pass

  104. Hawks4life

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

  105. Robbie

    Huh, not a smart play.

  106. Big Mike

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

    • Big Mike

      Excellent, we got something out of the drive

  107. Denver Hawker

    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.

    • Peter

      Late stage smith reminds me of Hasselbeck.

    • Denver Hawker

      I think they are also designing short passes for him – get a chance to get rhythm going- move the ball forward. Almost feels like Rams level stuff.

  108. Rob Staton

    Oh dear, Coby Bryant

    • Bmseattle

      Yikes.

    • Ross

      Yeah that was embarrassing for him

  109. Trevor

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

    • Rob Staton

      Bad throw from Russ. Nearly gave Bryant a chance to break it up, despite the fact he had his arse kicked on the route.

      • Trevor

        Looking at the replay. You are right if Bryany turns his head that is a pick because of the under throw.

    • Dave1401

      It was underthrown and could have been picked off. He got away with one there

  110. Spenny Dunks

    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.

    • Rob Staton

      Good recovery because the pass was under-thrown

      If Wilson throws that 10 times, nine times Jeudy runs it home untouched

      • Spenny Dunks

        True. Russ not looking as sharp.

  111. Robbie

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

    • Matthew

      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.

  112. Dave Stacey

    Uncle Will rocking the Goose moustache for you Rob

  113. Blitzy the Clown

    They have schemed the offense perfectly for Geno tonight.

    • Blitzy the Clown

      I mean….

      And nice drive for Colby Parkinson. Hoping he gets going

  114. Rob Staton

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

    • Big Mike

      Lights out performance

    • Ashish

      Do we need a new quater back? Just kidding

    • Denver Hawker

      That TD throw to Parkinson was beautiful- we’re seeing ‘peak Geno’

    • Robbie

      FACTS!

    • Seahawkwalt

      Kudos to the OL

    • Dave1401

      GE-NO!! GE-NO!! GE-NO!!

  115. Chris

    So this is what a normal offense looks like

  116. TomLPDX

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

  117. Trevor

    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?

  118. Matthew

    Wild, but Geno looks better than Wilson right now.

  119. Seahawkwalt

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

  120. Seahawkwalt

    Yes

  121. Matt

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

  122. Mike

    Finally the Seahawks have quarterback

  123. Romeo A57

    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

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

  124. Troy

    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

    • Dave Stacey

      Seems plausible !

  125. vanhawksfan

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

  126. Trevor

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

    • TomLPDX

      About damn time!

  127. Blitzy the Clown

    Taylor is bloody awful tonight

    • Hebegbs

      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.

  128. Chris

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

  129. Bmseattle

    Our run defense is pathetic

  130. vanhawksfan

    Btw – “Let’s ride….”

  131. Chris

    Pete won’t be happy with this run defense

    • Elmer

      Picking on Taylor. I

  132. drrew76

    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.

  133. Big Mike

    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

  134. Ky Swift

    Screens are killing us!

  135. Chris

    Denver should keep running the ball until Seattle can stop it

  136. Blitzy the Clown

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

    • Spenny Dunks

      This is what I was most excited to see this year. Hurts to see.

  137. Blitzy the Clown

    Oh cmon Diggs!

    • Scot04

      Yep you need to pick that one

  138. KennyBadger

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

  139. Trevor

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

  140. Chris

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

  141. Dave1401

    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

    • 12th chuck

      it would be nice to have a safety that can catch lol

  142. Kyle R

    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.

    • Big Mike

      This

    • Matthew

      RW needing to prove something hamstringing the team? feels familiar. Watching this is actually annoying…almost. Seeing Wilson outside of the haze of him as Seahawk is interesting. Can’t believe how inept he seems at times.

  143. cha

    Geno to the tight ends

    6-6, 96 yards, 2 TD

  144. Zane

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

    • Scot04

      A little Myles Adams would have been nice

  145. Blitzy the Clown

    “Geno’s off to a solid start”

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

    • TomLPDX

      His first half is solid Blitzy.

      • Blitzy the Clown

        It was better than solid

  146. TomLPDX

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

    Really hope we pull this out!

    Let’s Ride Hawks!

  147. Romeo A57

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

    • Big Mike

      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

      • Romeo A57

        I agree that it would have been crazy but I am sure someone did thorough 😀

        • Peter

          Wish I would have. Arod sunk me yesterday.

  148. Scot04

    Time for our new defense to step up big.

  149. Hebegbs

    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.

  150. Scot04

    Big hold that should have been called on Oline

  151. Old but Slow

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

  152. Kyle R

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

  153. Scot04

    Didn’t really look too much like PI by Woolen

    • Seahawkwalt

      That wasnt just a penalty, that was a felony. He mugged him

  154. Blitzy the Clown

    Yes! Goal line fumble!

  155. Blitzy the Clown

    Nwosu is having himself a nice game

    • seaspunj

      agreed he is definitely one of the bright spots on dee

  156. Robbie

    Oh I like that, I like that a lot!

  157. seaspunj

    bend but dont break on goal line

  158. Scot04

    Definitely needed that.

  159. downtownjewelrybryan

    DIGGS 💪🏽

  160. seaspunj

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

  161. Bmseattle

    Geno seeming less comfortable

  162. Romeo A57

    DK’s arm was down. Should be Seahawks ball

    • Rob Staton

      No chance

    • Hawks4life

      It look like that live but the replay show it differently

    • Robbie

      Nah, his elbow wasn’t down.

    • Ross

      That’s as fumble as fumble gets

  163. Hawks4life

    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

  164. Robbie

    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.

    • Big Mike

      And I want to know if they’ll ever run Eskridge on a route besides that one

  165. Trevor

    Nice play by Woolen.

  166. Scot04

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

  167. Bmseattle

    How is that not OPI?

  168. Old but Slow

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

  169. Spenny Dunks

    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.

    • KennyBadger

      Poorly timed comment 😎

  170. Trevor

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

  171. Seahawkwalt

    Taylor was held..

    • downtownjewelrybryan

      yup i thought it was nwosu….how did they miss that?

  172. Scot04

    Didn’t even need to hold there

  173. Blitzy the Clown

    Again!

  174. seaspunj

    man this dee is showing some fight and resilience well done

  175. Scot04

    Wow, just Wow

  176. Blitzy the Clown

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

  177. Romeo A57

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

  178. Justin Mullikin

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

  179. Hebegbs

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

  180. Old but Slow

    Twice! HaHaHaHaHa!

  181. Mike

    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

  182. Mick

    Waking up to a fumble with Seattle ahead. Neat.

  183. Big Mike

    Is finally a different route for Dee

  184. seaspunj

    Nwosu with the punch fumble man hes a difference maker

  185. Trevor

    The Hawks actually look competent on 3rd down.

  186. Seahawkwalt

    Cross and Lucas are studs

    • Trevor

      They really are. That was a tough holding call on Abe but still playing a great game. Really impressive out of two rookies.

      • Big Mike

        I’m absolutely ecstatic with their play

      • seaspunj

        for their 1st regular season game they dont look like rookies

  187. Blitzy the Clown

    Geezus Geno take a slide man

    • Big Mike

      💯

  188. Seahawkwalt

    Geno’s got heart…I like it.

    • JC3

      That is why I said he outplayed Russ last year, Russ looks dis-interested at the end of last season.

      • Rob Staton

        No he didn’t

  189. Bmseattle

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

    • Big Mike

      It won’t do them any good to love him on the sideline with a concussion though

      • Blitzy the Clown

        💯

  190. Blitzy the Clown

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

    • Big Mike

      They’re giving him plenty of love too

  191. Scot04

    Need to finish this drive of with a TD.

  192. TomLPDX

    Cross is our new receiver

  193. Big Mike

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

  194. KennyBadger

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

  195. Blitzy the Clown

    Homer and Dallas all over ST today

  196. Trevor

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

    • Rob Staton

      Maybe

      Or this could be the perfect storm for week one as discussed last week

    • Bmseattle

      Is your momeyon Geno or Russ?🙂

  197. Big Mike

    I thought Wilson couldn’t throw over the middle

    • Big Mike

      X2

  198. Blitzy the Clown

    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.

  199. Mick

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

  200. Blitzy the Clown

    There’s one of those outside in stunts!

  201. KennyBadger

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

  202. Seahawkwalt

    Killing us with the short stuff

    • Bmseattle

      Is that a Russ joke?😏

      • 12th chuck

        ooof lol

  203. Blitzy the Clown

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

    • vanhawksfan

      But he’s always late

  204. Blitzy the Clown

    Cmon let’s hold ’em to a FG

    • Blitzy the Clown

      Yes!

    • Mick

      I hope KNJ is watching.

  205. Blitzy the Clown

    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…

  206. Scot04

    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

  207. Mick

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

  208. Hebegbs

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

  209. seaspunj

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

  210. Rob Staton

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

  211. Mick

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

    • Kyle R

      I agree at least one of first or second down needed to be a run.

  212. Kyle R

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

    • Seahawkwalt

      Taylor held again

      • 12th chuck

        they missed ALOT of holding calls on denver. we got our calls in the first half I guess

  213. Matt

    82% for a 7.0 YPA

  214. JC3

    Brutal, OLB done nothing so far this game.

  215. Robbie

    3 straight throws….confusing.

  216. Vanhawksfan

    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

      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.

  217. Ashish

    Geno’s time to prove the world wrong.

  218. Blitzy the Clown

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

    • Big Mike

      I disagree with it because I don’t think they have enough to overturn it and that’s a loss of a timeout that we may well need to try and drive to win the game

    • Scot04

      But we already know it won’t be overturned.

  219. Blitzy the Clown

    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.

    • 805Hawk

      So forward progress is a first down, right? What am I missing.

      • Blitzy the Clown

        I’m saying it shows up in replay

  220. Hebegbs

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

    • Matthew

      Legit space between chain and ball. Not challenging wasn’t even an option.

  221. Chris

    Another year with no pass rush

  222. Scot04

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

  223. Hawks4life

    Is it just me or have we barely seen Mafe today

    • 12th chuck

      pretty under the radar, right? all the rookies had a decent game for the most part

  224. Robbie

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

  225. Chris

    I’m not seeing the creative defense they promised.

    • Matthew

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

  226. Mick

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

  227. Scot04

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

  228. Romeo A57

    Stupid clock management by Denver here.

  229. Bmseattle

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

  230. Bmseattle

    Sooo stupid to call timeout there!

  231. Blitzy the Clown

    That’s a close shave!

  232. Matt

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

  233. Big Mike

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

    • Hawks4life

      Yeah that was a rookie mistake by a rookie coach

  234. Mick

    OMG we did it somehow!

  235. Scot04

    Perfect win.

  236. Tyler

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

  237. Big Mike

    Kick was long enough too just barely wide left

    • Matthew

      You got Russell Wilson! Insane.

  238. Bmseattle

    What a bizarre end of game management decision

  239. Matthew

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

    • Matt

      Were you hurt by RW?

      Some of you guys need therapy over this.

  240. DC

    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.

    • Bmseattle

      Im fine with us winning 1 game.
      This one.

    • Scot04

      I just wanted this win & 2 against Denver.
      Bring in the big QB & don’t pithe ball in his hands on 4th & 5.
      Russ won’t be happy.
      So almost there.

    • Matthew

      An Alex Smith type Geno Smith is a GOOD thing for this team.

  241. Scot04

    Very conservative game plan by Denver.

  242. Vanhawksfan

    Good trade, finally….

  243. Dave Stacey

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

  244. Trevor

    Yessssss! The $100 on the money line hits!

    • seaspunj

      I bet the under 43.5 nice cheddar and thx to the new LOB

  245. Big Mike

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

  246. Dave1401

    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

    • Big Mike

      Bailing on the outside runs was the worst of his poor choices

      • Big Mike

        And I’m guessing Shanahan will not do that Sunday.

  247. Mick

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

  248. Kyle R

    Man Denver….I have questions about your coach.

    • seaspunj

      didnt let russ cook on 4th and 5

    • Trevor

      When do people stop blaming the coach and start looking at the QB?

      Have to agree though that did not look like a well coached team or game plan.

      • Matt

        Are you really blaming RW for that game?

        I swear, some of you are more jaded than a recently dumped 14 year old girl.

      • Kyle R

        Not only was it piss pour clock management, terrible long field goal call, but he also went away from the run time and time again when it was working.

        • Kyle R

          Poor*

  249. Trevor

    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.

    • Matt

      Was thinking the same thing. Denver is not good.

  250. Chris

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

  251. Tomas

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

    • Matt

      In what way?

    • Mick

      I’m afraid Rob is right and we showed our true colors in the second half, we didn’t score 1 point. I’m delighted about the win but this won’t work on the long run.

  252. Ross

    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

      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.

      • Ross

        Good point. The true win is seeing that Denver pick should be decent.

  253. samprassultanofswat

    Seahawks win! Seahawks win! The Seahawks!

    I back EVERYTHING I said about Geno Smith.

    • samprassultanofswat

      I take BACK EVERYTHING I said about Geno Smith

  254. SoCal12

    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.

  255. 12th chuck

    anyone seen D’Wayne Eskridge?

  256. Don Logan

    Obviously, the Seahawks own the NFC West.

  257. Hebegbs

    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

  258. JC3

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

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