Seahawks Stun Russell Wilson and Broncos on Monday Night Football

To conclude Week 1 of the NFL season, Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos traveled to Seattle to take on Geno Smith and the Seahawks. Wilson returned to Lumen Field for the first time since being traded during the offseason. He played for the Seahawks since 2012, but there seemed to be no love lost, as fans wasted no time booing the Broncos quarterback.


Wilson is arguably the greatest Seahawks quarterback of all time, but the fans let him hear it. Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith got off to a quick start, finding tight end Will Dissly for the touchdown. The Broncos kicker Brandon McManus made his first field goal attempt of the season, and the Seahawks led the Broncos 7-3 after the first quarter. The Seahawks led the Broncos throughout the game; they headed into halftime with a 17-13 lead against the Broncos.

The second half was quiet for the most part, but the Broncos were able to make another field goal attempt, making it a one-point game. Seahawks led 17-16, and the Broncos decided to get McManus on the field for a potential game-winning 64-yard field goal. His career-long field goal was 61 yards, which was impressive as is. Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker connected on a 66-yard field goal, and he holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history.

McManus barely missed the game-winning field goal, and the Seahawks pulled off the upset against the Broncos.

Following the missed field goal, Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said:

“He had plenty of distance. He just missed it. Brandon gave it his best shot. That’s a long field goal to hit. I think he’s completely capable of that. Obviously I wish we had gotten a lot closer, but it put us in that weird spot there, because we were in the field-goal range but we were in that fourth-down situation.”


Stat Leaders

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson – 340 yards thrown, 29 completions on 42 passing attempts, one touchdown, zero interceptions.

Broncos running back Javonte Williams – Seven carries, 43 rushing yards, 11 receptions, 65 receiving yards, one fumble.

Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy  – Four receptions, 102 yards, one touchdown.

Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton  – Four receptions, 72 yards.

The Seahawks were the only NFC West team to win in Week 1, and they will play against divisional rival San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. The Broncos are in the toughest division, along with the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Las Vegas Raiders. In Week 2, they play against the Houston Texans.

Week 2 kicks off on Thursday night with a divisional game featuring two of the most exciting teams in the league — the Chargers and Chiefs. That game will be aired exclusively on Amazon Prime.


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