Week one of the regular season is upon us and it is time to focus on the Broncos week one opponent. The opponent being Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
For the past decade or so, the Seahawks have been known for their dominating defense and being a tough matchup for any team. However, a lot has changed for Seattle and they suddenly look like a much easier week one matchup for new-look Broncos.
Missing #Seahawks defenders:— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 5, 2018
DE Michael Bennett (Eagles)
DE Cliff Avril (injured/cut)
SS Kam Chancellor (retired/PUP)
CB Richard Sherman (49ers)
DT Sheldon Richardson (Vikings)
CB Byron Maxwell (IR)
LB K.J. Wright (knee scope)
FS Earl Thomas (holdout)https://t.co/ej1aOx0Jih
Here is a list of Seahawk defenders that were on the team last year that will not be on the roster come this Sunday.
- Cornerback, Richard Sherman
- Safety, Kam Chancellor
- Cornerback, Byron Maxwell
- Defensive end, Michael Bennett
- Defensive end, Cliff Avril
- Defensive tackle, Sheldon Richardson
- Linebacker, K.J. Wright
Headlining this list is one player under contract with Seattle but is currently in an ugly holdout situation that does not appear ending anytime soon. That player is the All-Pro safety, Earl Thomas.
The “Legion Of Boom” is now gone.
The current starter cornerbacks for the Seahawks are Shaquil Griffin and Dontae Johnson. Their current starters at safety are Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson.
Boy has things changed in the Seahawks secondary.
Look for Broncos quarterback Case Keenum to have success against this Seahawks secondary come Sunday. Receivers Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and rookie Courtland Sutton should have no issue getting open and making plays for Keenum.
Now before we get too far ahead of ourselves here, the Seahawks still have plenty of talent on this roster. MVP candidate, quarterback Russell Wilson keeps them in every game and wide receiver Doug Baldwin is a big-time playmaker. On defense, they still have arguably the best middle linebacker in the game in Bobby Wagner and pass rusher Frank Clark.
This just isn’t the same Seahawks team many have gotten used too and I think this plays in the Broncos favor come Sunday.