From the files of “Full Disclosure” – Last Week’s Prediction: BRONCOS 40 CHIEFS 20. Actual Result: BRONCOS 24 CHIEFS 17.
Against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, for the second week in a row, the Denver Broncos looked like the best team in the NFL in the first half and looked fairly average in the second. If this trend continues at Seattle on Sunday, the Broncos will be demolished by the Seattle Seahawks for the second time in the last four games they’ve played that have “counted.”
I don’t think that trend will continue.
I believe the Broncos will get a complete game out of the team in Seattle. The return of Wes Welker should help an offense that has had too many “threes-and-out” during the first weeks of this young season. The defense should be motivated against the Super Bowl champions. Von Miller had a much better Week Two than Week One and that should help. The San Diego Chargers, in their surprising victory over the “Hawks last week, gave other teams, including the Broncos, an idea of how to combat Seattle. And Peyton Manning is on the verge of another record: throwing 500 touchdown passes in his career. If he gets three on Sunday, he’ll hit that number.
I think he gets three. I don’t think the Broncos win.
Maybe I am spooked by the drubbing that Denver took in February. Maybe I’ve paid attention to the fact that Seattle is all-but unbeatable at home. Maybe I know the Broncos aren’t going 16-0 this year and, if they have to lose some games, losing at Seattle isn’t a particularly damaging thing.
Do I want them to win? Of course. Do I think they can? Yes. Do I think they will?
No. I am pretty sure, though, the game will be much more fun to watch than the Super Bowl was.
PREDICTION: SEAHAWKS 30 BRONCOS 27