Posted Wed Sep 15th by Monty
Streak: Won 1
Series vs. Denver: 18-33
Last time: Seahawks, 23-20, 2006
The Line: Broncos by 3.5
The Seahawks didn’t just beat the favored San Francisco 49ers Sunday, they humbled them. Seattle’s 31-6 drubbing over San Fran represented the NFL’s most lopsided score this weekend. Now these long-time AFC West rivals come into INVESCO Field at Mile High for the Denver Broncos‘ home opener with heightened expectations.
Who’s hot: QB Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck’s first pass of the 2010 season was an interception, but the veteran didn’t let that faze him. He finished with three touchdowns — two through the air, one on the ground — and made Mike Williams (yes, that Mike Williams) look like a professional wide receiver.
Who’s not: RB Julius Jones. The Seahawks’ leading rusher finished with 18 yards on eight carries (2.3 average), well under teammate Justin Forsett‘s 6.1-per-carry clip (seven carries for 43 yards). Overall Seattle runners finished with a tepid 3.3 yards per rush.
Matchup to watch: LT Tyler Polumbus vs. ROLB Robert Ayers. The former Bronco, released by the club in August, has landed in Seattle, where he’s currently starting at left tackle while top draft pick Russell Okung heals. If Okung can’t go, it’ll be Polumbus facing starting right outside linebacker Robert Ayers, who tallied his first career sack against Jacksonville last week. It’s a matchup that has to be all too familiar with both players, seeing as they practiced against one another every day in training camp. And it’ll be crucial that Ayers gains the upper hand against whomever he faces: the Broncos need to hassle Hasselbeck early and often.