Though Only Preseason; A Critical Step Forward Tonight For Seahawks

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Denver and Seattle will be metaphorically tied at the hip all season long.

Every Kyle Orton interception will send Seahawks fans into hysterics.

Every Knowshon Moreno carry broken out for a big gain and taken to the house will make Seattle cringe.

That’s because Denver gave Seattle its first round pick for the 2010 NFL Draft during the 2009 Draft in exchange for Seattle’s second rounder. With the pick, Denver selected Alphonso Smith, a cornerback out of Wake Forest.

Tonight the two teams meet at Qwest Field for each others’ second game of the preseason.

Denver’s quarterback situation is anything but pretty.

Kyle Orton, despite being on the receiving end of boos by Bronco fans during training camp and throwing three interceptions in only four series of action last week at San Francisco, remains the starter.

His backup is Chris Simms. Simms completed 11 of his 17 attempts against the 49ers, totaling 142 yards and two touchdowns in the process.

The receiving end of Denver’s passing attack could best be compared to the case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Brandon Marshall, the top receiving threat, is doing his best to pull a “Jay Cutler” and get out of the Mile High City as quickly as possible. He wants more money. He cites trust issues between him and the team. Plus, in only a matter of days, Marshall was demoted from first- to second-string and then he was given an orange scout team jersey. On the scout team is where he remains.

So what’s the good side of the wide receiver situation?

Eddie Royal.

Royal comes into the 2009 season after amassing 980 receiving and 109 rushing yards on 91 receptions and only 11 carries during his rookie season. The Virginia Tech product got into the end zone five times and had one successful two-point conversion.

Reports are that new head coach Josh McDaniels wants to use Royal much like he used Wes Welker in New England. It is no stretch of the imagination that Royal could have a 100-catch season with several touchdowns if he can successfully be used like Welker was.

Defensively, the Broncos were a sieve.

Denver gave up over 300 yards of total offense all but twice last year. Six times, the team gave up over 400 yards and, in Week Three of the season, the New Orleans Saints racked up 502 yards on the disastrous Denver Defense.

When Denver and Seattle take to the field tonight, Seattle should look to capitalize via its passing attack. I really like what TJ Houshmandzadeh has done thus far and, with a porous Denver secondary, tonight could prove to be an excellent opportunity for Houshmandzadeh and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to continue to develop chemistry.

Seattle’s ground game will be interesting tonight because starter Julius Jones could miss the game, giving T.J. Duckett and Justin Forsett the brunt of the workload. Based off the two’s performances at San Diego last week, this isn’t something to write home about. Both were very ineffective, so much so that I would not be surprised if another rusher was brought in by the team’s front office to battle it out with Jones to try and spark something serviceable out of the team’s running back position.

Also of note is the offensive line. Walter Jones had surgery earlier this week and could miss the beginning of the regular season because of it. Without the cornerstone of the team’s offensive line on the field, their could be the makings of last year’s patchwork line that did no favors for the team’s rushers as well as helping end Hasselbeck’s season early by allowing their signal caller to get hit time and time again.

Tonight’s game between the two teams kicks off at 10:30 pm Eastern/ 7:30 pm Pacific.

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