Once upon a time, the Denver Broncos dominated the Seattle Seahawks. In the not too distant past, Seattle squared off against Denver twice a year as just another AFC West opponent. In the NFL’s divisional realignment of 2002, the birds from the Northwest moved from AFC to NFC and things just haven’t been the same. Before Seattle’s AFC eviction, the Broncos commanded a 32-16 record against them. Since then, Denver has gone 2-3 with the last victory coming during a very dark stretch of Denver Broncos history. This, of course, overlooks the Broncos 0-2 postseason record against Seattle. No need to stir that up.
The 2010 Denver Broncos, under head coach Josh McDaniels, were the most putrid Broncos team in decades. Shortly after a series of embarrassing losses and a cheating scandal, Josh McDaniels’ tenure came to an end with four games to go in the season. Kyle Orton was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Tim Tebow and soon, the season soon came to a merciful end. The last time the Denver Broncos won a game against the Seattle Seahawks was week 2 of that disastrous year. Seattle’s loss would represent a third of Kyle Orton’s victories and just a quarter of all Broncos wins that season. The 4-12 record the Denver Broncos managed in 2010 is a historic lowpoint of bad football in the city of Denver.
On September 19, 2010 the Seahawks came to Invesco Field at Mile High and were never really in the game. Matt Hasslebeck’s Seahawks were shut out for the first half and scored just one touchdown in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Kyle Orton’s Denver Broncos, on the other hand, were able to get the most of out of their 1.7-yards per carry and managed, incredibly, to get rushing touchdowns from both Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno. Not to be outdone, even Orton found himself lofting a 21-yard touchdown to rookie Demaryius Thomas. Champ Bailey, Perrish Cox, and Brian Dawkins should be credited with this victory as they each hauled in a Hasselbeck interception during the game.
It has been nearly 8-years since the Denver Broncos have beaten the Seattle Seahawks. The perennial punching bag of the AFC West appears to have turned the table on their old divisional foe. This Sunday when Seattle comes to Denver, I believe they’ll face a more dynamic iteration of the orange and blue than they faced in September 2010. I’m expecting another defensive domination, plenty of rushing yards, and, yes, another Demaryius Thomas touchdown. It’s time for the Seahawks to remember just where they came from. Here’s hoping the Denver Broncos remind them every step of the way.