NFL, Week 1 – Russell Wilson beaten for his return to Seattle

The NFL had reserved a game for us with a story for this first “MNF” of the season, since Russell Wilson was already back with the Seahawks. And in a hostile stadium, Wilson and the Broncos fell into the trap. The Lumen Stadium has its new darling in Geno Smith.

The movie of the game

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final score
Seahawks (1-0) 7 10 0 0 17
Broncos (0-1) 3 10 0 3 16

Successor of Russell Wilson in the center of the attack of Seattle, Geno Smith is illustrated the first with a beautiful pass for DK Metcalf, author of an equally beautiful reception. A little later, the quarterback escapes the pressure and finds TE Will Dissly for the opener (7-0). It is also a tight-end which shows itself on the side of Denver, with two beautiful gains for Andrew Beck. This allows Denver to score 3 points (7-3).

Rashaad Penny finds a nice breach at the start of the 2nd quarter, and even if he almost returned the ball to the opponent, the Seahawks leave with a field-goal (10-3). The Broncos then try to react quickly, and this is the case on a well-touched pass from Russell Wilson for Jerry Jeudy. The WR wins his duel then his speed does the rest to equalize (10-10). It was then Geno Smith’s turn to react, with several fine passes including one for the touchdown of TE Colby Parkinson (17-10). There is then less than 1 minute to play, but a long win by Courtland Sutton allows the Seahawks to attempt and succeed in a field-goal just before halftime (17-13).

The 3rd quarter is marked by errors on both sides, but no one will take advantage of them. While they are in scoring position, the Broncos return a first ball to Seattle on a fumble from Melvin Gordon on the goal line. But behind, it’s DK Metcalf who releases the ball after a reception. Back at the gates of in-goal, the visitors once again returned the ball, on a fumble from Javonte Williams this time.

The Broncos push in the 4th quarter to come back, but they fail to score a touchdown. Brandon McManus passes a first kick to reduce the gap (17-16), but his second attempt from a distance of 64 yards is missed. Seattle held firm and won by 1 small point.

Russell Wilson misses his comeback against the 12th man

Since the announcement of the season’s schedule, this first « Monday Night Football » had been ticked off by American football fans. The reason was simple, Russell Wilson was already returning to Seattle, a few months after a painful separation. Recall that the QB was transferred after 10 years of success with the Seahawks, and that we recently learned behind the scenes of the divorce between the player and the franchise. Everyone was therefore motivated during this reunion.

Russell Wilson vs. Seahawks
First step for Russell Wilson with the Broncos (photo: USA Today)

Welcomed by whistles from Seahawks fans, Russell Wilson delivered a pretty good copy in this game, with 340 yards and 1 touchdown. He lacked a bit of efficiency to complete certain drives, especially in 2th halftime, but he’s not the reason for Denver’s loss.

The new Broncos coach, Nathaniel Hackett, had a complicated baptism in a hostile and reassembled stadium. Between disorganization, dubious choices and errors, his team did not really shine. Denver thus committed 12 penalties, lost the ball twice on the opposing end line, and the management of the clock at the end of the match was more than average. Hackett and his staff logically need time, but we will have to show a much better face from the next game.

Encouraging start for Geno Smith

It is of course very difficult to replace Russell Wilson, and Geno Smith is not at the same level. But the one who won the battle for the starting position during the offseason was convincing yesterday. Visibly motivated, and quickly carried by the support of the public, Smith was excellent on the initial drive to put his team on the right track. Overall, his first half is almost perfect, with a 17/18 passing, for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was a little less prolific afterwards, but he continued to play clean. If Smith continues at this level, the Seahawks won’t be as bad as expected.

Match stats

Seattle Seahawks Denver Broncos
passing passing
Geno Smith 23/28, 195 yards, 2 TDs Russell Wilson 29/42, 340 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Rushing
Rashaad Penny 12 carries, 60 yards Melvin Gordon 12 carries, 58 yards
receiving receiving
Will Dissly 3 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD jerry jedy 4 receptions, 102 yards, 1 TD
Colby Parkinson 2 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD Courtland Sutton 4 receptions, 72 yards

The next meetings

Disappointing for this first meeting of the season, the Broncos will have to react quickly if they want to keep pace in the AFC West division. For their first home game, they will host the Texans on Sunday. If the opponent seems weak on paper, he remains on a good game against the Colts.

For Seattle, this victory can create good momentum, and it could help for a move to the rival 49ers. San Francisco started the season badly and will want to redeem themselves for Trey Lance’s debut at Levi’s Stadium.

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