The 5.5-point underdog Denver Broncos will open the 2015 preseason with a trip to face a well known foe, the Seattle Seahawks. This Friday’s tilt will make it the fifth season in a row that these two teams have squared off in the preseason. This is also the second consecutive time the old AFC West rivals will open their preseason schedules against each other.
Denver beat Seattle by a score 21-16 in the preseason opener last year. It was their first rematch since the Seahawks took home their first Lombardi Trophy after dominating the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Both squads are heavy favorites to win Super Bowl 50.
Analyzing The Denver Broncos Vs Seattle Seahawks Preseason Week 1 Spread, My Against The Spread Pick & How To Watch
Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks
Date: Friday, August 14 2015
Start Time: 10:00 PM ET
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Odds: Seahawks -5.5
Game Total: 36
Radio: Denver vs Seattle
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Can The Denver Broncos Cover the 5.5-point Spread versus Seattle?
Is Peyton’s Super Bowl window closing?
Denver looks ready to make a run towards the Super Bowl. According to many football analysts, and WR Demaryius Thomas, QB Peyton Manning appears to have more zip on the football this year. Manning played through injuries in 2014. This year, he looks healthier. Also, like President John Elway, Manning has a good rapport with new Head Coach Gary Kubiak.
— #BroncosCamp (@Broncos) August 12, 2015
— SI Wire (@SI_Wire) August 13, 2015
Manning won’t be throwing the ball in the first NFL Pre-Season game of the year. It’s likely that Peyton may not even play a series. That doesn’t mean that the Denver Broncos shouldn’t look to throw the ball in this matchup. QB Brock Osweiler has a lot of talent. He only passed for 52 yards and a single touchdown last season, but he’s the heir apparent to Manning because Denver hasn’t signed another QB to back up Peyton. Osweiler should be able to open up a Seattle defense without Byron Maxwell at corner and Kam Chancellor, their hard-hitting safety who is holding out due to a contract dispute. It’s Osweiler’s fourth season in the NFL. He should be strong in the first NFL Pre-Season game of the year.
Can The Seattle Seahawks Cover the 5.5-point Spread versus Denver?
Wilson + Beastmode + Graham = Super Bowl
Like Denver, Seattle isn’t going to play QB Russell Wilson for more than a series or two in the very first NFL Pre-Season game of 2015. Wilson just signed a massive contract. The Seahawks aren’t going to have the chance of their investment getting hurt before the season even starts.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 12, 2015
Unlike Denver, Seattle’s back-up is 10 year pro Tavaris Jackson. Jackson is a decent QB, but if he throws the ball in this game, Seattle won’t cover the spread. Jackson needs to hand the ball off to Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, Marshawn Lynch’s back-ups, for Seattle to cover the spread. Christine Michael and Robert Turbin are battling each other for the right to back-up Marshawn Lynch. Coach Pete Carroll is going to want to see those guys battle it out. The best way to do that is to feed one of them the football throughout the first half and then feed the others the football throughout the second half.
NFL Preseason Week 1 ATS Pick: Seattle Seahawks 22, Denver Broncos 20
Denver’s defense is capable of stopping the passing game. But, it could have trouble keeping the Seattle running backs from racking up yards and points. Running the football is Seattle’s best chance at covering the spread in this matchup.
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KTVD (My/20 – Denver)
KKTV (CBS/11 – Colorado Springs)
KKCO (NBC/11 – Grand Junction CO)
KMYU (My/12 – Salt Lake City)
KTNV (ABC/13 – Las Vegas)
KWBQ (CW/19 – Albuquerque)
KLWY (FOX/27 – Cheyenne WY)
KTWO (ABC/2 – Casper WY)
KTVQ (CW/2.2 – Billings MT)
KXLF (CW/4.2 – Butte MT)
KRTV (CW/3.2 – Great Falls MT)
KXLH (CW/9.2 – Helena MT)
KPAX (CW/8.2 – Missoula MT)
KOTA (ABC/3 – Rapid City SD)
KNOP (NBC/2 – North Platte NE)
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KCPQ (FOX/13 – Seattle)
KPTV (FOX/12 – Portland OR)
KAYU (FOX/28 – Spokane WA)
KCYU (FOX/41 – Yakima WA)
KFFX (FOX/11 – Tri-Cities WA)
KEVU (My/23 – Eugene OR)
KFXO (FOX/39 – Bend OR)
KFBI (My/48 – Medford OR)
KIVI (ABC/6 – Boise ID)
KSAW (ABC/51 – Twin Falls ID)
KTBY (FOX/4 – Anchorage AK)
KHNL (NBC/8 – Honolulu)