The big news in this game is the return of an all-pro to the field for the first time in a long time, and we are not talking about Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Saturday night will be the long awaited return of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens. These teams will be using a new football introduced by Nike and there is a good chance that it will affect the game from a betting standpoint.
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Seattle coach Pete Carroll didn’t give specifics on how many snaps Owens will get in the second preseason game for the Seahawks, but he did say it would be early in the game. The feisty wide out has had two weeks to prepare for this game and arrived at camp in excellent shape. Tonight will be a good time for Pete Carroll to get a look at the wide receiver position which is littered with talent.
The arrival of Owens and Braylon Edwards added to a corps that included Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler and Ricardo Lockette. Carroll would not say if RB Marshawn Lynch will play against the Broncos, so it may be a passing first night for the Seahawks.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is all but gone from the Seahawks rotation so expect rookie Russell Wilson, to work the entire second half under center.
On the other side of the field, Peyton Manning will be playing in front of the home crowd for the first time since the legendary quarterback joined the Broncos as a free agent back in March. The 36-year-old was a bit rusty in his return from multiple neck surgeries that kept him out all of last season, completing 4-of-7 passes for 44 yards and having his only drive end on an interception, but he will see more action in this game.
John Fox announced on Thursday that Manning will play most of if not the entire first half in the second preseason game.
Overall the Broncos main goal may be to just stay healthy. Right guard Chris Kuper fractured his forearm and will be sidelined around six weeks, while defensive end Jason Hunter may be lost for the season after tearing his triceps, during a week of tough practices.
Denver will keep this game close, but Seattleâ€™s depth at quarterback is a important difference in this game. Manning will use the first half of the game to work on his timing and then the Broncos will go with a vanilla look to keep players healthy.
Seattle is playing to win in the preseason and Wilson is playing to prove he can start for this team although Matt Flynn is getting paid the big money. The end result will be a second half surge by the Seahawks as they win the game on the field.