Russell Wilson returns to Seattle as Broncos face Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson returns to Seattle after a decade as the Seahawks and starts QB and his trade. The reception he receives will be an important question.

SEATTLE (AP) – DENVER (7-10) at SEATTLE (7-10)

OPENING LINE: Broncos by 6.5, according to FanDuel SportsBook.

AGAINST DISSEMINATION: Wild Horses 8-9; Seahawks 9-8.

SERIAL RECORDING: Broncos lead 35-21.

LAST MEETING: The Broncos beat the Seahawks 27-24 on September 9, 2018 in Denver.

BRONCOS PLAYERS TO SEE: QB Russell Wilson returns to Seattle after a decade as Seahawks quarterback and his offseason trade to the Broncos. The reception he receives will be an important question. So too will the Broncos’ offense look when he’s in charge and freshman head coach Nathanial Hackett. Wilson didn’t take a snap in the preseason.

SEAHAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH: For the first time since 2014, Geno Smith will start the season as the starting quarterback. He waited behind Wilson as a backup and never saw the field until Wilson suffered a finger injury last season. That gave Smith another taste of being a starter, and he outplayed Drew Lock in the offseason and in training camp by making fewer mistakes. Smith’s job is to start the season, although any weakness could open the door for Lock.

KEY COMPARISON: Broncos OL vs. Seahawks Pass Rush. If Wilson is to be successful in Denver, he must stay upright, which has been one of his constant complaints in Seattle. Denver’s offensive line is tested by a strengthened Seattle pass rush with rising star Darrell Taylor and safety Jamal Adams the biggest headaches the Broncos have to contend with.

KEY VIOLATIONS: RT Billy Turner missed most of the offseason program to recover from knee surgery and it’s likely Calvin Anderson will get the start in his place. Rookie TE Greg Dulcich has been struggling with a hamstring strain, a common condition among newcomers to altitude. Rookie Seattle RB Ken Walker III is unlikely to play after undergoing surgery for a hernia last month. CB Artie Burns should be a starter but has been slowed down by a groin injury and may not be ready to play.

SERIES NOTES: The teams haven’t met since 2018, when the Broncos clinched a 27-24 win in Denver. Seattle had won the last two matchups, including the most memorable in the history of former AFC West rivals when the Seahawks defeated the Broncos in Super Bowl 48.

STATISTICS AND STUFF: Wilson will join a select group of quarterbacks to start against the team they have made 150 or more starts against. The previous ones were Tom Brady vs. New England; Brett Favre vs. Green Bay; Peyton Manning vs. Indianapolis; and Matthew Stafford against Detroit. … Wilson is 10-3 on MNF with 25 TDs and five interceptions. …RB Javonte Williams finished third among rookies last season with 1,219 scrimmage yards and 903 rushing yards. His seven TDs ranked third among rookie running backs. … Melvin Gordon is second among running backs in the league since 2015 with 8,388 scrimmage yards and fourth with 67 touchdowns. … CB Patrick Surtain II led all rookies with four interceptions last season and he led the Broncos with 14 pass breakups. … OLB Randy Gregory, the jewel of GM George Paton’s free-agent class, makes his Denver debut Monday night. He had six sacks and forced three fumbles for Dallas last season. … Denver S Justin Simmons and Seattle S Quandre Diggs are the only two safeties with five or more interceptions each in the last two seasons. … Geno Smith had a 103.0 passer rating and threw five touchdowns with just one interception in his season last season. But Seattle was only 1-2 in the three games Smith started. … RB Rashaad Penny averaged 134.2 rushing yards and had six rushing touchdowns in the last five games last season. … WR DK Metcalf led Seattle with 75 receptions and had a career-high 12 touchdowns last season. He signed a three-year contract extension worth up to $72 million this offseason. … Seahawks TE Noah Fant had a career-high 68 receptions for Denver last season and is expected to be Smith’s primary target at midfield. … Seattle LB Jordyn Brooks takes over as middle linebacker after finishing second in the league with 183 tackles last season. … S Jamal Adams returns after missing the last five games of last season with a shoulder injury.

FANTASY TIP: It seems like Wilson should be primed for a big game on his return, and Seattle will likely start at least one rookie at cornerback. Wilson has thrown four touchdown passes each of the past two seasons in Week 1. Russell Wilson returns to Seattle as Broncos face Seahawks

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