Much of the star power on the defensive side for Seattle has moved on to new teams or retired. But the offence is still led by one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the league, Russell Wilson. If the offensive line can protect him and open some run lanes this season, the Seahawks could still be competitive.
The Denver Broncos aren’t as big of a mystery as the Seahawks, but they are one nonetheless. Last season’s offence was dreadful, but the team is hoping new quarterback Case Keenum can help change that. He is much more seasoned than any of the QBs Denver trotted out last season and was one of the more accurate passers in the league as well.
If their retooled offensive line can protect him, he’ll have some of the best veteran receivers in the league to throw to. Should the offence sustain a few drives and put up some points, the defence will not feel like it has to do it all (like they did last year).
So—who’s going to win?
Both teams have undergone somewhat of a makeover, so it is hard to say just what either will look like. Denver’s defence will play better than it did last season, but Russell Wilson is so dynamic the Seahawks will still score some points. Case Keenum looked good in the third preseason game, but can he do it against Seattle’s D?
Take Denver to win (-139), but there is a very good chance this one ends up being a close one—so take Seattle and the points (2.5). With Russell Wilson in charge of one offence and the potential Case Keenum and the Broncos will have, take the over (42).