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Old 09-16-2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default Scouts Inc.Week 2: Seahawks-Broncos

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/scout...meId=300919007

Seahawks-Broncos: 10 observations

By Matt Williamson
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Seattle at Denver
When: 4:05 PM ET
Watch: FOX

Scouts Inc. Position Advantage
QB: DEN
RB: SEA
WR: SEA (?)
OL: DEN
DL: DEN (Seattle must be pretty weak if this is so)
LB: SEA
DB: DEN
ST: SEA
Coach: DEN (Suck it, Carroll)


After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Seahawks-Broncos matchup.


1. The Seahawks need to show balance and limit mistakes: Seattle will rotate several runners into its zone blocking scheme, often playing the hot hand. But Justin Forsett and Leon Washington are both very capable receivers and could get safe favorable matchups against the Broncos' linebackers. Time of possession should prove incredibly important in this matchup in the light Denver air.

2. Confuse Kyle Orton: Josh McDaniels asks a lot of his quarterbacks from a mental standpoint. Orton is a bright quarterback, but he and McDaniels have only one week of real film to go off when analyzing the Seahawks' defense. Seattle has the personnel to run either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and probably will most often use a hybrid of the two. Chris Clemons will often lineup in an "Elephant" position on the edge. Orton will have to recognize accordingly. If given time, Orton might shred this defense. He put together a very efficient day last week, throwing for 295 yards by spreading the ball effectively.

3. Seahawks should use all the pass-catchers: This includes a dynamic set of receivers at running back. Mike Williams is a real good fit in this West Coast offense; he and TE John Carlson should be the primary targets in the red zone. This passing game is probably a little more vertically inclined than the one Matt Hasselbeck ran under Mike Holmgren. Eight Seahawks caught passes last week in a strong collective offensive effort. The Broncos have an excellent secondary that plays the game with intelligence and aggression, but their cornerbacks outside of the starting pair is a questionable situation.

4. Prepare for Tim Tebow: Last week in Jacksonville, Tebow was the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback. But he got in the game early and clearly the Broncos have a specific package for Tebow's unique skill set.

5. Matchup to watch: Broncos WR Eddie Royal vs. Seahawks secondary: Royal will often line up in the slot, but it would be foolish to underestimate his speed and big-play ability. After a terrible sophomore campaign, the Broncos should be very encouraged from what they saw from Royal last week. Seattle may try to be physical with him to disrupt the timing of his routes.

6. Test Seattle's secondary: Expect the Broncos to utilize a lot of three-wide receiver sets with Orton in the shotgun. Seattle's secondary is an area of weakness and there isn't great depth with that group. FS Earl Thomas is a very talented rookie with natural playmaking ability. It will be interesting to see how he handles this contest. Brandon Lloyd and Royal combined for well over 200 receiving yards and 13 catches in Week 1.

7. Bring pressure: The Seahawks' offensive line has its share of injuries. It is a unit in transition. The strength of the Broncos' defense is the secondary, but they only have one real pass-rusher of note in Robert Ayers. In turn, expect a wide variety of blitz pressures. Coordinator Don Martindale is an aggressive defensive playcaller. Denver's corners shouldn't have a difficult time playing man-to-man against Seattle's wideouts. Champ Bailey took Mike Sims-Walker completely out of last week's game.

8. Dominate Seattle's offensive line: The Seahawks lost renowned line coach Alex Gibbs before the regular season started and several of their prominent linemen, most notably first round pick Russell Okung (ankle), are battling injury. There has been a lot of turnover of late with this group and the left side is very suspect. Denver's defensive line offers little against the pass, but it should dominate the trenches in the run game at home this week -- particularly on the edges. Seattle started Denver castoff Tyler Polumbus at left tackle last week. He is a liability. Still, Seattle did allow only one sack in Week 1.

9. Run inside and out: Knowshon Moreno is capable of threatening the middle and edges of a defense -- but really isn't tremendous at either task. Denver's starting offensive tackles, Ryan Harris (ankle) and Ryan Clady (knee), are clearly not 100 percent. Shockingly, the Seahawks held San Francisco to just 49 yards rushing on 19 carries and Clady really struggled in Jacksonville. Clemons is a player who can be run at directly, but DT Brandon Mebane is the Seahawks' best defensive lineman and should give the inexperienced interior offensive line problems with his power and quickness.

10. Matchup to watch: Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck vs. Broncos secondary: Last week, the running game didn't take off as the Seahawks had planned, so Hasselbeck took to the air -- often employing spread principles. Seattle doesn't have a true go-to receiver, but Hasselbeck proved able to consistently find the open man. The best plan might be for Seattle to attack Denver's linebackers in the passing game with crossing routes and short passes.


Prediction
Seattle 17
Denver 24


(By the way, they also pick the Browns over the Chiefs)
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:31 AM   #2
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:36 AM   #3
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Wow. Retards. Jeremy Green writing from the rapist/kiddy porn prison yard?

Mebane and Bryant alone are better than our entire unit. Clemons ain't too shabby. Other than that I'd say it's a toss up at each spot.

Oh how I want Denver to win, though. Please pelase please I want to listen to Seattle radio homers cry after their week 1 WERE WINNING THE DIVISION NAO ranting.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:37 AM   #4
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Man, does the thin air ever really impact the visiting team?

(with the exception of the dude in Pittsburgh who will die if he plays there)
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I pick the browns over the chiefs too.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:15 PM   #6
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Broncos by 4.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:20 PM   #8
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I bet we destroy them.
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I agree.

Most people are going to write off a game like Jville vs Denver.

It looks like two mediocre teams playing one another close.

We dont know where everyone is at yet.


I look for a strong game from us.
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Looks like their strength (Hasselbeck) against our strength (Secondary). Hoping for some big INTs this week. I doubt either team's run game will do much. Hopefully, the Broncos STs improves this game.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:49 PM   #11
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I bet we destroy them.
I'm with you on this one. We actually looked good last week, just a few mistakes here and there.
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Man, does the thin air ever really impact the visiting team?

(with the exception of the dude in Pittsburgh who will die if he plays there)
It does.

When I moved from Denver to Jacksonville, I didn't notice a difference in my training. BUt when I moved back from the east coast to Denver, I could barely run 2 miles without being winded.

Now I live in Nederland - literally Dutch for "low lands" - after having acclimated to Denver altitude. This time I have noticed a difference in my running habits - I breathe easier here.

I know my cousin with down syndrome has to sleep with an oxygen tank, but when we visited USVI, the doctor OK'd that she didn't need one.
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:27 PM   #13
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I was a serious swimmer for 12 hours a week when I was a kid down at sea level. That is insane lung capacity... but when I would go up to Eagle Vail for training I could barely do 1/3 my usual.
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Looks like their strength (Hasselbeck) against our strength (Secondary). Hoping for some big INTs this week. I doubt either team's run game will do much. Hopefully, the Broncos STs improves this game.
Yeah, except our strength (secondary) was supposedly going against Jacksonville's WEAKNESS (passing o).....and we got whipped.
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It does.

When I moved from Denver to Jacksonville, I didn't notice a difference in my training. BUt when I moved back from the east coast to Denver, I could barely run 2 miles without being winded.

Now I live in Nederland - literally Dutch for "low lands" - after having acclimated to Denver altitude. This time I have noticed a difference in my running habits - I breathe easier here.

I know my cousin with down syndrome has to sleep with an oxygen tank, but when we visited USVI, the doctor OK'd that she didn't need one.
Haha oh I have no doubt it would kick my ass going up there too. I just have this fantasy of the Broncos lines staying strong and punishing the opposing teams' lines as the game goes on and they wear down in the vaunted thin air. Kind of the opposite of what happens to the Broncos in Florida.
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Yeah, except our strength (secondary) was supposedly going against Jacksonville's WEAKNESS (passing o).....and we got whipped.
So Wracking up 170 yds and 0 WR td's is whooped?
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So Wracking up 170 yds and 0 WR td's is whooped?
Garrard had 1 TD pass against the Broncos, but I think that came when the Broncos had 10 guys on the field...
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:59 PM   #18
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No way in hell is their WR core better than ours.
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Man, does the thin air ever really impact the visiting team?

(with the exception of the dude in Pittsburgh who will die if he plays there)
depends how game goes. If you can control the ball and make other team run around a lot you can wear them out. Broncos just not good enough lately to take advantage of it.
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I imagine that Seahags fans are scratching their heads and commenting on the fact that Scouts gave us the nod on QBs. Hasselback may be a bit long in the tooth, but has been to 3 Pro Bowls and started in the SB.
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I bet we destroy them.
I bet if we leave the middle of the field open all day they will kill us with the TE's and crossing patterns
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If they can shut down Frank Gore who has terrorized them - they can shut down Moreno.
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So Wracking up 170 yds and 0 WR td's is whooped?
3 TD passes.
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This week, Pete Carroll will throw Reggie's returned Heisman at our huddle and manage to kill half of the starters.

Brian Bosworth will make a comeback appearance at halftime and record 35 sacks in the second half.

Seahags 140, Denver 1
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This week, Pete Carroll will throw Reggie's returned Heisman at our huddle and manage to kill half of the starters.

Brian Bosworth will make a comeback appearance at halftime and record 35 sacks in the second half.

Seahags 140, Denver 1
It'll be closer than you think. We get 2 points when Hasselbeck wins the toss, and with utter confidence declares "We want the ball and we're gonna score!!" He feels sorry for us and takes an intentional safety on the first drive.
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