On Thursday, Aug. 7, the Seahawks kick off the 2014 football calendar by lining up against the same squad they faced to close the 2013 season.
There's just one small (OK, it's actually pretty big) difference.
But it's still a game-week, and it definitely feels that way to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
"It's going to be fun," Carroll said of his team's preseason opener after Monday's "Competition Wednesday" practice at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "It's a great opportunity to play an incredible football team."
After riding the highest-scoring offense in NFL history a season ago behind the arm of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, the Broncos worked to reload the defensive side of the football this spring. Notable newcomers include cornerback Aqib Talib, safety T.J. Ward, and pass rusher DeMarcus Ware, each of whom have Pro Bowl honors on their respective resumes.
With just 45 days separating Thursday's exhibition from the real thing on Sept. 21 - when the Broncos meet the Seahawks in Week 3 at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, Carroll said he's looking forward to observing Denver's big offseason acquisitions.
"They're a tremendous team and they've got some great additions to their team I know they're real excited about seeing," said Carroll. "We're anxious to see what they look like, too, knowing that we're going to see them in the season.
"It’s a really cool matchup, I’m sure there’s a lot of people who will have a lot of interest in this thing."
"We don't ever think about the outside perception," said Sherman, who enters his fourth year in the League with a lucrative new contract, a Madden cover, and Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award to his name. "We go out there and play assignment-sound football. We work on our technique. We work on the things we need to work on within the ball game and chips are going to fall where they may.
"If other people look at it differently, so be it."