Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will wrap up Saturday’s action in the 2021 preseason Week 2. The Seahawks seek improvement after the Week 1 defeat against Las Vegas Raiders, while the Broncos want to keep up where they left off after beating Minnesota Vikings.
Thanks to a 12-4 record, the home side made it to the playoffs last season. Moreover, they topped the NFC West; however, the Seahawks’ playoff road ended at the first stop after a defeat against Los Angeles Rams. On the other hand, the Broncos had a disappointing campaign, managing to celebrate on only five occasions. They hit the bottom of the AFC West, being miles away from the playoffs. The hosts hope for another playoff battle, while the away side will search for better results in the upcoming regular season.
Seattle Seahawks – Can they do better in offense?
The Seahawks’ defensive display in Week 1 was more worrying than the actual result of the match. They were beaten by Las Vegas Raiders 20-7, but they didn’t have the answer to Nathan Peterman’s performance. Despite being the only QB on the roster, Peterman finished the game with 246 yards on 19-29 and ruined the Seahawks. Las Vegas racked up a total of 385 yards, opposed to only 200 yards by the Seahawks’ offense. Seattle’s rushing offense was particularly horrible, with only 68 yards and 14 carries in the game.
Despite not so good defensive display either, the Seahawks still did manage to have one interception and four sacks. However, they need to find better solutions in the front, as their latest offensive display was below any expectations. Their backups will have a chance to improve, as the Seahawks will likely decide to keep D.K. Metcalf and Russel Wilson away from the preseason action in order not to risk unnecessary injuries.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Chris Carson, D’Wayne Eskridge, Aaron Fuller, Freddie Swain, Gerald Everett, Nick Bellore, Stone Forsythe, Jordan Simmons, Kyle Fuller, Gabe Jackson, Brandon Shell
Expected Line-Up (Defense): L.J. Collier, Poona Ford, Al Woods, Carlos Dunlap II, Jordyn Brooks, Bobby Wagner, Cody Barton, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jamal Adams, Quandre Diggs, Tre Flowers
Quarter Back: Alex McGough
Kicker: Jason Myers
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Denver Broncos – Are they capable of another top performance?
Unlike their rivals, the Broncos had a furious start of the preseason, trashing Minnesota Vikings 33-6 in Week 1. That result might encourage the visitors to do way better this season compared to the latest one when they booked only five wins. Denver failed to reach the playoffs for the five consecutive seasons, But this nice start looks promising. Their two quarterbacks had very good displays – Drew Lock went for 151 passing yards on 5-7, followed by two touchdowns. Teddy Bridgewater had an excellent pass conversion for 74 yards and one touchdown.
The two QB displays are definitely good news for the Broncos, but Patrick Surtain’s debut looks even more promising. The first-round pick rookie had a dream debut with an interception and turning the turnover into a pick-six. Basically, nothing went wrong for the Broncos in the preseason opener, and they want to build up on that performance.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Melvin Gordon III, Tim Patrick, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, Noah Fant, Andrew Beck, Garett Bolles, Dalton Risner, Lloyd Cushenberry III, Graham Glasgow, Bobby Massie
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Jonathan Harris, Mike Purcell, Dre’Mont Jones, Bradley Chubb, Alexander Johnson, Josey Jewell, Von Miller, Kyle Fuller, Kareem Jackson, Justin Simmons, Ronald Darby
Quarter Back: Drew Lock
Kicker: Brandon McManus
Expert Pick #1 – Broncos to win ML @-220
Denver had an excellent offensive game last time, and they posted high numbers there. They notched 249 passing yards and a total of 387 yards. Besides that, they also were good in defense, hoping to repeat the same here. I’m going to back the Broncos on the moneyline market for the major pick at the odds of -220.
Expert Pick #2 – Broncos -5 @-110
The visitors may put another flying performance on the wings of their Week 1 game. In this clash, the Seahawks might improve their offensive numbers, but that shouldn’t be enough to avoid a defeat. Moreover, the Broncos could beat the spread here, and I’m going to take that pick as my first alternative.
Expert Pick #3 – Under 37.5 @-115
This clash might be around the margin, but I decided to take the under as the third pick. Seattle’s defense hasn’t been that bad, while they shouldn’t score much more than in the first preseason match. That’s my second alternative tip.