He last started an NFL season opener in 2014 when he led the New York Jets to victory over the then-Oakland Raiders.
Eight years later, he had another opportunity after the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos.
The former West Virginia standout had a decent outing against the Broncos, completing 23 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
It was a sweet victory for Smith and the Seahawks because Denver was heavily favored to win their Monday Night Football showdown.
That’s why he responded after the game, “They wrote me off, but I ain’t write back.”
However, he deflected the credit for the win to their dominance on the other side of the ball and to their die-hard supporters.
That DEFENSE thooo 🤯
The 12’s were in full effect tonight!
On to the next one..
— Geno (@GenoSmith3) September 13, 2022
Smith tweeted, “Hawks Win! That DEFENSE thooo. The 12’s were in full effect tonight! On to the next one..”
Brooks had ten tackles while Barton had eight and a sack.
Nwosu also had three tackles and a sack.
More importantly, they stopped the Broncos from scoring touchdowns during multiple red zone trips.
Meanwhile, Seahawks fans forced the Broncos to commit two delay of game penalties and three false starts.
In total, Denver had 12 penalties for 106 yards.
Seahawks On To The Next One
Seattle will go on the road in Week 2 to face the division rival San Francisco 49ers, a team that lost their season opener to the Chicago Bears.
The Seahawks have the 49ers’ number after winning their two regular season matchups last year.
However, Wilson was still their starting quarterback for most of the season.
This time, Smith will face a Niners squad led by second-year quarterback Trey Lance.