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The Seattle Seahawks begin the 2018 NFL season with two straight road games Womens Tom Johnson Jersey , and the first one is at the Denver Broncos, who are ridiculously hard to beat in September home games.Of the many things that went wrong for Seattle last year, winning on the road was not one of them. They finished 5-3 away from CenturyLink Field, which is ordinarily great if you’re a dominant home team, but the Seahawks were just 4-4 at home, and that’s obviously not good. Granted, one of those road losses happened to be the season opener against the Green Bay Packers, in which they were held out of the end zone and looked close to toothless on offense.The Seahawks have been really bad in their road openers — to clarify, this would be the team’s first road game, not necessarily a Week 1 road game —in the Pete Carroll era. They have one win to their name, and that just so happened to be the year they won the Super Bowl.Compare Pete’s record with that of Mike Holmgren, who was a very respectable 5-5 in road openers in this ten seasons as Seahawks head coach. The main problem with the Carroll-era Seahawks in their road debuts has largely been the offense. If you removed defense and special teams touchdowns, the Seahawks offense has churned out a grand total of ten touchdowns, and none over the past two seasons. Ouch. That 2014 game against the Chargers also comes with the asterisk that Percy Harvin’s 51-yard touchdown should have never counted because he clearly stepped out of bounds, but even ignoring that, Seattle held the ball for all of 40 offensive snaps and 17:45 in time of possession against a Chargers defense that eventually finished 25th in DVOA. It was notably hot that day, so I guess that’s the main excuse. Going through the other games, Matt Hasselbeck threw three interceptions and the Seahawks were out of it by the 3rd quarter. In 2011, Tarvaris Jackson was sacked five times in his Seattle debut against that fearsome 49ers pass rush. The following year saw rookie Russell Wilson come up just short of a game-winning drive, but the Seahawks’ 16 points came on drives that traveled a combined 57 yards. If you look at that lone win against the Carolina Panthers, Russell Wilson crafted his first-ever regular season 300-yard passing performance, but the Seahawks run game was held to just 70 yards on 26 attempts against a stout Panthers defense. The 2015 side scored just 17 points (1 TD, 1 2PC, 3 field goals) as Wilson was sacked six times and threw just 219 net yards passing on 41 attempts. We know what happened in 2016 and 2017, and it was ugly.Defensively Youth 12th Fan Jersey , the 2010 Seahawks got blasted by the mighty Kyle Orton-led Denver Broncos, giving up 31 points along the way. The 2011 squad actually held up pretty well by allowing just 19 points, but the special teams gave up two Ted Ginn touchdowns that put the San Francisco 49ers’ final total at 33. When the Russell Wilson era began in 2012, the Arizona Cardinals scored 20 points, with Kevin Kolb coming off the bench to engineer the winning touchdown, but Arizona’s offense only finished with 253 yards and a pair of turnovers. The Chargers loss was undoubtedly a bad day at the office for the defense. In 2015 against the Rams, Nick Foles threw for nearly 300 yards and the overtime-forcing touchdown, but the Seahawks also generated three turnovers and a Cary Williams scoop-and-score off of a strip-sack. Seattle’s defense held the Rams to just 9 points in 2016, but that was all for naught. By the way, teams who’ve scored no more than 9 points have a record of 14-482-2 since 2008. As for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, they are now 3-10 since 2008 when scoring no more than 17 at home.Between Seattle’s slow-starting offense and Denver’s historically dominant September home record, the odds are very much stacked against the Seahawks coming out of this opening weekend with a 1-0 record. If they are to reverse trends and get off to a winning start to 2018, it’s almost certainly going to have to be Russell Wilson and the offense leading the charge, especially given how disastrous the previous two road openers were. Even a terrible Broncos team last year still ranked 10th in defensive DVOA, and now they have Bradley Chubb to accompany Von Miller on the pass-rushing front, so Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Solari better make one hell of a first impression on September 9th.Seahawks defense banged up as 2018 NFL season opener looms We are just two weeks away from the Seattle Seahawks beginning their 2018 NFL regular season campaign against the Denver Broncos. There is obviously still one preseason game left to be played on Thursday vs. the Oakland Raiders, but there’s no remotely good reason for the first-team players to have more than one series. On the injury front, I think it’s fair to say that the Seahawks (and many other teams, to be fair) have come away relatively unscathed in terms of devastating long-term injuries to key players in training camp or preseason action. However, Seattle does have quite a few presumptive starters on the mend and with their respective statuses uncertain for Week 1.By now you’ve read that linebacker K.J. Wright is having his knee scoped, and is out indefinitely. If he can’t make the season opener, then rookie Shaquem Griffin gets the unexpected start. You may remember last year that Shaquill Griffin wasn’t supposed to have that many snaps in the opener against the Green Bay Packers, but Jeremy Lane’s ejection meant that in his own rookie debut, Shaquill effectively played as if he was the actual starter. This is obviously a different situation, and Shaquem figures to be a downgrade from KJ Womens Justin Britt Jersey , as opposed to Shaquill proving to be a clear upgrade over Lane.At the free safety position, Tedric Thompson is day-to-day with a combination of a rib injury and a neck stinger on a collision he had against the Minnesota Vikings last Friday. Earl Thomas’ holdout obviously isn’t over, so with him and Thompson not practicing on Monday, that shifted Bradley McDougald to FS and Delano Hill and Maurice Alexander split time at SS. That is not an ideal combination at SS, so hopefully Thompson’s “day-to-day” is exactly that, as hurt ribs and a stinger can’t be taken lightly.Staying in the secondary, we’ve not seen Byron Maxwell play due to a hip flexor problem, and Carroll says “I can’t tell you” when he’ll practice again. Seattle has used Maxwell’s absence to take a look at rookie CB Tre Flowers, and then you have Dontae Johnson back in the mix following his broken foot. Maxwell was the CB2 last year as a midseason pick-up when Richard Sherman went down, and was favored to retain that role in 2018 on a one-year deal. Hell, there’s no guarantee he makes the team depending on how they view Flowers and Johnson.On the front line, DE Frank Clark had just returned from wrist surgery, but evidently hyperextended his elbow in the Vikings game. Carroll said this was just a case of resting him on Monday, so that appears to be a positive. As for Dion Jordan, he’s making a push for Week 1 despite dealing with a stress fracture in his leg, but Carroll has not ruled out just placing him on the PUP list, which would render him unavailable for the first half-dozen games. Jordan’s impressive 2017 despite limited action gave fans some hope that he’d be an important part of Seattle’s revamped pass rush in 2018.Assuming Clark is okay, if you take the worst case scenario, Seahawks at Broncos could potentially see Seattle’s defense without its second-best linebacker (Wright), #2 cornerback (Maxwell), a starting pass rusher (Jordan), and its backup safety-turned-starter if Earl Thomas isn’t back soon (Thompson).It looks as if the strength of Seattle’s defensive depth is going to have an early test come September.
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