Greetings. I'm looking forward to a good game next Sunday, but I can't say I'm very optimistic on behalf of my Seahawks. In fact, I agree with the premise that some of you have expressed elsewhere on this site -- to wit, that it’s going to take a damn good offensive showing to beat the Broncos’ this year. That's one reason why PFM and the rest of the Denver weapons scare me more than any team the Seahawks have yet faced.
I’m writing, though, to ask for information from you. Frankly, many of us in Seattle don’t know all that much about this year’s Broncos. Not only have we not played each other this year (pre-season doesn’t count), we haven’t even played anybody in Denver’s division; nor have the Broncos played anybody in ours. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s a little bit like the World Series used to be back before interleague play, when the two teams wouldn’t have faced a single common opponent all year, and when styles of play in the NL and AL could sometimes be markedly different.
Anyway, one of the benefits of these SB Nation sites is that they make it possible to get good information about upcoming matchups from the people who follow each team most closely (the hard core fans) rather than relying on the network talking heads, many of whom couldn't locate Denver OR Seattle on a map. And you guys seem like a good group – especially in comparison to the 49ers fans that we’ve recently been dealing with (they're an easy act to follow!), or compared to certain other NFC sites where some posters had never even heard of stats like DVOA.
So here’s my question for you Broncos fans. While your offense is historically good, there’ve been a handful of games this year where the other team did manage to keep you from scoring a whole boatload of points. San Diego, for instance, held you to 28, 24, and 20 points; and New England held you to 31 and 26. Is there any wisdom about WHY those teams, at least on a few given Sundays, were able to keep your scoring out of the stratosphere? Did they just happen to match up well against some aspect of the Broncos’ offense? Or were there particular players or schemes that gave you guys trouble (comparatively speaking)?
Again, I don’t mean this as in any way disrespectful of the Broncos offense. Heck, if you put up scores in the mid-20s even in your LOWEST scoring games this season, that’s pretty impressive in and of itself. But if Seattle’s going to have any chance of somehow coming away with a trophy, they’re pretty much going to have to hold the Broncos to somewhere in that mid-20ish range. So I’d love to know how a few other teams have been able to do it!