Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Week 1 preview and predictions

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It is hard to fathom how 2022 went by so fast, but summer is winding down and football is back, baby! The Denver Broncos, now with Russell Wilson under center and with a new head coach in Nathaniel Hackett, are hungry to make a bid for playoff contention for the first time since the 2015 season. However, that is a ways away. For now, it is time to focus on the task on hand: taking down the Seattle Seahawks on the road in a matchup sure to be loaded with emotions.

In his Denver Bronco debut, Russell Wilson will have a tough task at hand: playing his first game as a Bronco at his old stomping grounds in Seattle.

Let’s preview the game.

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 18: A Seattle Seahawks fan holds a sign for Jimmy Garoppolo in the first half during the preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field on August 18, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Game Details

Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks

September 12, 2022

Lumen Field, Seattle, WA

6:15 MST, 5:15 PST

Channel: ESPN/ABC

Broadcast Map: The game is a primetime game, so if you have access to cable or other television packages, you should be able to view the game!

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks: Top Storylines

Typically, we provide a top storyline for each franchise, but this week is a special circumstance–the top storyline for each team is the same: Russell Wilson returns to Seattle.

From the perspective of the Denver Broncos, this game marks the beginning of a new era. It seems as if the team has finally exited quarterback purgatory, and fans are certainly chomping at the bit to see Russell Wilson step onto the field for the first time as a Bronco.

However, the veteran quarterback is certain to be under pressure as the beginning of this new chapter overlaps with the close of his last chapter, and it is sure to be bittersweet for Wilson.

“Obviously, Seattle’s meant the world to me over the past 10 years”, Wilson said in May on the impending matchup. “It’s a special place” (per

While Russ plans to keep it non-emotional, that tends to be easier said than done, especially since it remains to be seen how Wilson will be received by Seattle’s faithful “12th Man”, or their fanbase. While Wilson undeniably deserves a standing ovation, fan reaction from Seattle in response to the trade strongly suggests he will not get one.

While Russ has a lot to play for here, so do the Seahawks. This game means a lot to both parties, and emotions are sure to be running high on both sides.