Denver Broncos: Three reasons why Denver will beat the Seahawks
By Andrew Wade
Without the Legion of Boom, should anyone fear Seattle’s secondary?
If it wasn’t for Earl Thomas’ recent return to the team Seattle would have zero members of the original Legion of Boom. Richard Sherman was released this offseason and is now a member of NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers. Kam Chancellor retired, and did anyone actually think Brandon Browner was that important anyway?
In place of these three missing components, the Seahawks now trot out former fourth-rounder and only second-year starter Dontae Johnson, second-year corner Shaquill Griffin, and former Buccaneer cast off Bradley McDougald. This isn’t exactly a secondary that makes offensive coordinators quiver at night.
This is the first reason why Denver will win Sunday. Their passing attack should be able to take off against a depleted secondary. Although Case Keenum wasn’t able to throw for a touchdown in the preseason, there were a number of good things I saw out of him and his connection with his receivers.
First and foremost, it appears like we are getting a rejuvenated Emmanuel Sanders and Keenum is loving to throw the ball Sanders’ way. Demaryius Thomas looks healthier than he has in years past, and Elway added jump-ball phenom Courtland Sutton and polished route runner DaeSean Hamilton to the mix from the NFL draft.
Although I believe the Denver Broncos want to rely on the run to open up the passing attack, I think Case Keenum could throw for 300 yards in his regular season starting debut for Denver.
300 yards may not seem like a lot in today’s pass-happy NFL, but Keenum only crossed that threshold twice last season.