Seahawks vs. Broncos Timing, Odds, Predictions, Keys, TV, Live Stream: Russell Wilson Faces Former Team on ‘MNF’

For 10 years, the Seattle Seahawks went as Russell Wilson went. From the time the team selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he became one of the faces of the franchise; and especially as the years passed, their success became more and more dependent on his exploits.

Now, that is no more. The Seahawks traded Wilson to the Denver Broncos this offseason, and in the first game of the post-Wilson era, they’ll face… Wilson and the Denver Broncos. In the first Monday Night Football game of the season, we have a doubleheader: Russ vs. Seahawks. Seahawks vs. Russ. This will be fun.

Before we break down the match, here’s how you can keep an eye on the game.

How to watch

Date: Monday, September 12 | Time: 8:15 pm ET
Location: Lumen Field (Seattle)
ABC | Transmission: fuboTV (click here)
Follow: The CBS Sports app
Odds: Broncos -6.5, O/U 44.5

When the Broncos have the ball

The big question here is: what will this offense look like?

The Seahawks tried to fit Wilson into a Kyle Shanahan/Sean McVay-style offensive system last season by hiring former Rams assistant Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator, and it largely didn’t take. New Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett comes off a different branch of the same coaching tree, and how he melds his ideas with what Wilson likes to do will be one of the most fascinating subplots of this NFL season. . Can Hackett get Wilson to play a point guard-style quarterback? How will his improvisational exploits affect the overall offensive design? These are questions for which we still do not have answers.

But not only will this offense look different, but so will Seattle’s defense — at least, structurally. One of the hottest four-down, single-up, man-and-cover-3 defenses of the last decade, Seattle brought in former Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai, elevated Clint Hurtt to defensive coordinator and added former defensive end Alabama and Vikings support coach Karl Scott on their staff. All of them accompany a very different style of defense, with more odd fronts, two-high shells, match zone coverages and just a completely different philosophy. Pete Carroll willing to shake things up on his side of the ball bodes well for the team’s future, but those changes may not work right away due to the personnel available.

Using Jamal Adams in deeper coverage, for example, could open up opportunities for the Broncos downfield — especially Albert Okwuegbunam, who figures to see a lot of Adams simply because of his size. The Seahawks are also likely to open two starting corners for quite a few defensive tackles, counting on Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant to play real roles in their first career games. With Courtland Sutton on the outside, Jerry Jeudy in the slot and KJ Hamler moving all over the field to test the defense deep, they and Sidney Jones, Artie Burns and Justin Coleman will have their hands full.

The idea of ​​Seattle preventing pressure on Wilson also seems far-fetched. Shelby Harris (part of the Wilson trade) will help up front, but Uchenna Nwosu and Darrell Taylor don’t form the most imposing duo. Even if Denver’s offensive line is closer to pretty good than elite, it should be good enough to contain this passing group. Wilson can stay on the ball too long on occasion and run into trouble from time to time, but in this game, there should be plenty of clean pockets to pick apart what is an uninspiring back end.

Meanwhile, the Javonte Williams-Melvin Gordon backcourt duo is one of the league’s best, and the new offensive design should put them in a better position to move up the field quickly and decisively. Wilson has often been at his best when making deep play-action shots while operating in a power run game, and the group he lines up with on this team should enable him to do just that.

When the Seahawks have the ball

It’s hard to see the Seahawks moving the ball consistently against what should be a very good Denver defense.

Seattle’s offensive line will rely on rookies at both tackle spots — a dangerous proposition against the speedy duo of Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory. Not many teams actually have the body types at cornerback needed to match up with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but the Broncos — thanks to the presence of Patrick Surtain II on the outside and K’Waun Williams in the slot — are one of them.

New defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero will likely retain many of the Vic Fangio-style concepts the Broncos have used over the past few seasons, but it also wouldn’t be surprising if the Broncos stuffed the line of scrimmage a bit more in this contest . than they do the rest of the way. Rashaad Penny, when healthy, has been an efficient and explosive runner. Geno Smith has never been particularly effective throwing the ball — especially down the field. The Broncos may need to force Smith to try to beat them with perimeter shots and deep parts of the court, believing they can either pressure him or otherwise force him into mistakes.

We could see a different-looking Seattle offense than years past, especially since Wilson is no longer there. More under center shots and play-action, more timing-based concepts and mid-court shots. But the style of defense the Seahawks are playing this week is one designed specifically to take away those types of throws. The rise of two-level coverage shells and deep zone coverages came in response to Shanahan-style offenses based on crossovers and deep fake shots.


Latest Chances:

Denver Broncos -6

Due to the clash of styles and the relative lack of talent up front and under center, we predict the Seahawks to struggle for much of this contest.

Prediction: Broncos 24, Seahawks 13

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