Seahawks vs. Broncos could be the punter battle you never knew you wanted – Field Gulls
For the first time since 2010, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to the Mile High City, as they open the 2018 NFL regular season against the Denver Broncos. The last meeting in Denver saw the Seahawks get crushed 31-14, but since then the Seahawks have beaten their former AFC West rivals in Super Bowl XLVIII and in the 2014 rematch at CenturyLink Field.
Stakes for the 2018 meeting are a little different. Neither team is really expected to contend for the Super Bowl, in particular the Broncos, who went 5-11 last year. There are still plenty of storylines surrounding this game (for now), including Case Keenum’s Denver debut, Seattle’s offensive line against Denver’s defensive line, and Broncos fans pondering how silly it is to do the “IN-COM-PLETE” chant.
This is all find and dandy, but the real battle is not in the trenches, or in the secondary, or the two quarterbacks, it’s about that sweet, sweet punting action.
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With apologies to Jon Ryan (publishing this on Canada Day, too!), I’m not expecting him to be on the Seahawks roster come September. That means it’s Michael Dickson against Marquette King. If you’re stoked about special teams and kicks at high elevation, this is THE game for you.
Dickson was such a highly touted punter out of college that he declared a year early! Since when do kickers or punters bail for the NFL before their eligibility runs out? The Seahawks even traded with the Broncos to move up seven spots in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft to choose Dickson, which made a lot of us very angry. This is the Texas Bowl MVP we’re talking about here! He’s a former soccer and Aussie Rules football player. This man knows how to put