NFL's Gregg Rosenthal has the Seahawks defeating the Broncos 18-17 in this weeks Monday Night season opener. "Led by a sneaky-deep group of pass rushers, the Seattle defense has a chance to hurry Russell Wilson into mistakes. The Broncos' run defense doesn't match up well against Rashaad Penny, but this pick is more about Carroll living out his fantasy of slowing down his former quarterback."
Bleacher Report's entire football staff made their week one picks and all of them chose Denver to win heavily over Seattle 38-17. "Wilson will head back to Seattle with a strong supporting cast that includes wideouts Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, plus two running backs who can catch out of the backfield in Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III. With little faith in Geno Smith to lead an upset, all of our panelists chose the Broncos with great confidence."
CBS NFL's Will Brinson is choosing the Seahawks to defeat the Broncos in a 21-17 win as he feels Coach Pete Carroll is out to prove himself without Russell Wilson especially against him this Monday Night. "I think it's a bigger motivational matchup for Pete Carroll, who just sent Russ packing in a trade to the Broncos and who would LOVE to let people know Seattle can still win without Russ in town. It won't be easy, but none of the Seahawks games this year will be "easy" -- I'd bet anything Carroll wants to muddle every game this season, turning them into low-scoring slogs. Think 2010 and 2011 Seahawks games when you picture what we'll get from Seattle this year. "
FanDuel's Devon Platana gives his top 3 reasons why the Seahawks will defeat the Broncos in week 1 of the NFL Season. "The Seahawks are a tight-knit unit that's more than capable of pulling off a shocker or two. Pete Carroll is one of the top coaches in the league for a reason and if he can find holes in the Broncos to exploit, an upset win is within the realm of possibility."
NBC Sports Writer Matt Weyrich is expecting the Hawks to win as he will find it uncomfortable for Russell Wilson to settle into his first game with his new team against his former coach, and fans that will bring even more energy considering the circumstances. "Russell Wilson is getting little-to-no time with his new teammates before having to return to Seattle, the team that shipped him to Denver after 10 seasons and eight playoff berths together. The Seahawks will look to play the role of spoiler on their own turf, something this Geno Smith-led squad might be more capable of than critics are giving them credit for."
The Seahawks and Broncos will meet on Monday Night Football at Lumen Field. Take a look back at photos from past games played between the two teams.