The Seattle Seahawks kick off the 2022 season at home against the Denver Broncos at Lumen Field. We know Seahawks Legend Russell Wilson is under center in Denver now, but here are five more things you should know about our Week 1 opponent:
Seattle Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf has a tough matchup on his hands in Denver Broncos second-year cornerback Patrick Surtain II. The son of 11-year NFL veteran Patrick Surtain, the namesake led all rookie cornerbacks in 2021 with four interceptions. Surtain became the first Broncos rookie defensive back with four or more interceptions since Steve Foley (4) in 1976.
Denver Broncos second-year cornerback Patrick Surtain II held his own against some of the league's top wideouts in his rookie campaign
Ranked by Touchdown Wire's Doug Farrar as the second-best safety in the league heading into 2022, Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons is a force in the secondary. In August, Simmons was ranked No.81 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 list. Since 2016, Simmons ranks fifth amongst all NFL players in interceptions with 21, second only to Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard (22) in that span for safeties.
Where There's A Williams, There's A Way
Denver Broncos second-year running back Javonte Williams had quite the rookie campaign. In 2021, Williams led all rookie backs with a 25.6 first-down percentage. Williams' 903 yards on the ground were the third-most of all rookie backs in 2021, trailing only Pittsburgh Steelers back Najee Harris (1200) and San Francisco 49ers back Elijah Mitchell (963)
3 Is Better Than 6
While one can hope the Seahawks keep the Denver Broncos out of the endzone, it's probably best to keep them out of field-goal range too. Since 2015, Broncos kicker Brandon McManus is third in field goal makes of 50-plus yards with 32. McManus is the last-remaining member of the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl 50 Champion squad.
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Denver Broncos wideout Courtland Sutton is a high-flying big-bodied wideout that the Seahawks must contain. Since 2018, Sutton's 36 "Big Plays" (receptions of 25 yards or more) are the third-best for AFC West wideouts in that span. Sutton boxes out defenders on the field much like he did in high school and on the court at Southern Methodist. In 2021, Sutton nabbed 58 receptions for 771 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Broncos.
Seahawks Legend Marshawn Lynch was at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center to take in a Seahawks practice on September 10, 2022.