NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Things You Need To Know For Seahawks vs. Broncos

NFL Preseason Week 1: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Preview

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It's only the preseason, but when last year's Super Bowl teams square off, people pay attention. They also pay attention because it's football, and let's face it, after six long months it's about time for some pigskin action.

Here's a look at all you need to know for Seahawks vs. Broncos:

5. The Seahawks Have Not Lost In Preseason Since 2011

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5. The Seahawks Have Not Lost In Preseason Since 2011

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Even though we're talking about exhibition games, it's still impressive and speaks volumes about the Seahawks that they've managed to go undefeated over the last two years. Pete Carroll's team is always well-prepared, and Thursday night's preseason opener should be no different.

4. Emmanuel Sanders Is Questionable For Broncos Debut

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4. Emmanuel Sanders Is Questionable For Broncos Debut

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Eric Decker has been replaced by Emmanuel Sanders in the Broncos wide receiving corps this season. Decker racked up over 2,300 yards the past two seasons, so Sanders definitely has his work cut out. However, he'll likely have to wait to get started in 2014 because of a strained quad.

3. The Seahawks Are Favored To Win (-1.5)

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3. The Seahawks Are Favored To Win (-1.5)

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This should come as no surprise after last year's Super Bowl beatdown. Seattle was clearly the best team in the league a season ago, and nothing has changed in the last six months to make you believe that they won't be the best team in the NFL again this year. They have to be favored in this game.

2. As Always, Tune In Early For Stars

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2. As Always, Tune In Early For Stars

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This game kicks off at 7 PM Denver time (MST), and if you want to see your favorite players, you better tune in right away. John Fox has said he won't be playing his first team for more than the first quarter, and you'd have to assume the same will be true for Pete Carroll and his team. However, fans can catch a glimpse of the future by watching later into the game. The preseason is really more about the young players.

1. The Broncos Are a Little More Seahawks-Like This Season

Demarcus Ware

1. The Broncos Are a Little More Seahawks-Like This Season

Demarcus Ware

Denver's offense was spectacular last season. The 2013 Broncos will go down as one of the best offensive teams in history. But come February, it was all about Seattle's defense. The Broncos front office went out and did their best to put together a better defensive team this past offseason, acquiring the likes of T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib.

Will they be enough to make the difference in 2014?


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