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3 Reasons the Seahawks Will Upset the Broncos in Week 1

Devon Platana
Three reasons why the Seattle Seahawks will upset the Denver Broncos in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.
Three reasons why the Seattle Seahawks will upset the Denver Broncos in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season is just over 24 hours away from beginning. As usual, most of the action takes place on Sunday, including a clash between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists the Broncos as 6.5-point road favorites in Russell Wilson's return to Seattle.

Even with the Broncos heavily favored, the Seahawks are a tight-knit unit that's more than capable of pulling off a shocker or two. Pete Carroll is one of the top coaches in the league for a reason and if he can find holes in the Broncos to exploit, an upset win is within the realm of possibility.

Here are three reasons why the Seahawks will upset the Broncos in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.

Seahawks vs Broncos Week 1

1. Geno Smith Could Surprise Some People

Is Geno Smith a downgrade from Wilson under center? Without a doubt, however, the veteran gunslinger could shock some people. He wasn't extremely productive in his limited role last year, but still completed 68.% of his passes for 702 yards and five touchdowns with an interception in four games (three starts). Plus, it isn't like he's devoid of weapons. Smith has two top-tier wideouts in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to target, while Rashaad Penny looks to build off his dominant finish from last year. Now that Smith has had more time to practice with the first-team compared to 2021, he should be more comfortable under center, which could catch the Broncos off guard.

2. Broncos' Questionable WR Depth

The Broncos' passing game should be better with Wilson, but there are still some unanswered questions revolving around the wide receiver room. Both Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton have potential, however, Jeudy had a down sophomore year and is now playing for a coach who wasn't there when he was drafted. Meanwhile, Sutton still hasn't shown signs of being the player that toppled 1,100 receiving yards in 2019. Aside from KJ Hamler, who's also returning from a major injury, the rest of Denver's WR room is filled with unknowns. If things don't start clicking out of the gate, the Seahawks could take advantage of the situation.

3. Seattle's 12th Man

Known as the 12th man in football, the Seahawks' fans have played an instrumental role in the team's success. Since the 2012 season, Seattle has had a 72.5% winning rate in 80 games in front of its hometown fans — third best in the NFL over that span. While the Seahawks only went 3-5 at Lumen Field last year, Wilson knows just how disruptive the hometown crowd can be. Yes, they'll cheer for him at the start of the game, but the Seahawks' 12th man can get loud enough to shake up even the most sound offenses. With Seattle wanting to start the new era right, look for Seahawks fans to do what they can to help propel their team to an upset victory.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.