Seahawks score vs. Broncos takeaway: Geno Smith tops Russell Wilson as Denver fails at crucial moment

Russell Wilson may have been the headliner for Monday night’s matchup between the Broncos and Seahawks, but his successor in Seattle, Geno Smith, emerged victorious from the prime-time finale of Week 1. A near-flawless performance from Smith , coupled with a physical display of Pete Carroll’s defense in front of a raucous Seattle crowd, kept the Seahawks in front of their old friend all night. While Wilson threatened to spoiler and steal the game late, the Broncos’ inexplicable clock management in the final drive left Denver unable to complete the comeback, securing a 17-16 Seahawks win on “Monday Night Football.” “.

Here are some snapshot lessons from Monday’s big upset in Seattle:

Why the Seahawks won

Believe it or not, Geno Smith actually played like the most stable and comfortable quarterback of the night. Aside from a single crossover move early in the contest, the lifelong No. 2 not only kept the ball out of harm’s way, he proactively spread plays, taking an almost backyard approach to engaging eight receivers. different. Seattle didn’t close out or extend the drives as well as it could have, but under Smith’s guidance, the team never lost a lead, with Rashaad Penny showing plenty of flurry despite just 12 carries. The defense was just as good, if not better, bending and bending but never breaking, giving up over 400 total yards but forcing a couple of fumbles at the goal line, making six stops behind the line and displaying sustained physicality. Seattle was, simply put, the most disciplined and inspired team on the field.

Why did the Broncos lose?

There are many reasons, including the fact that neither Melvin Gordon nor Javonte Williams were able to keep the ball on goal-line runs. But none will ring louder this week than the collective mental lapse between his new QB-coach pairing of Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett, who let 30 seconds go by on their final drive, only to settle for a 64-yard walk-off. field goal attempt. It was inexplicable poor clock management for any organization, but especially one that went to great lengths to add star power at QB this offseason, only to relegate said QB to the sidelines at a critical moment. Denver’s “D” was feisty in keeping things close, with Bradley Chubb in particular wreaking havoc, and Russ found Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton for big plays. None of that added up to a reliable pace, though; It was a disjointed and undisciplined debut punctuated by 12 penalties.

return point

A fumble on the goal line is one thing; two fumbles in a row at the goal line is another. When Javonte Williams coughed up the ball during the Broncos’ second of two red-zone misses, he ensured that Seattle would hold onto its tight lead until the final minutes of the third quarter. And ultimately, Denver only got the ball back for two more drives, going 15 plays on their next drive but settling for three points, and then driving to the Seattle 46-yard line on their last drive. Once the Broncos turned the ball over a second time while knocking on the end zone door, fate felt like it belonged to the Seahawks.

play of the game

Give it to the entire Seahawks defense, which put Melvin Gordon on the goal line before punching the ball away to force the first big finish of the night:

Whats Next

The Seahawks (1-0), sitting atop the NFC West after a week, will travel to San Francisco to visit the rival 49ers (0-1), who lost to the Bears in bad weather on Sunday. The Broncos (0-1), meanwhile, will debut at home against the Texans (0-0-1), who tied with the Colts.

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