The Seattle Seahawks start off the NFL 2022 season with a primetime game against the Denver Broncos.
The Monday Night Football game has two quarterbacks facing their former teams.
Russell Wilson wants to show the Seahawks they shouldn’t have traded him.
However, this game could also show that Seattle isn’t in a rebuilding mode if Drew Lock wins the game.
But it will take everything Seattle has to win against their former Super Bowl MVP quarterback.
He knows their system and what they like to call on offense and defense.
So can Seattle face this Monday night task and overcome the Broncos during a primetime game?
Seattle Still Has Two Great Receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett
Lock comes to Seattle with a pair of receivers who have both had 1,000+ yards receiving in the same year.
To recap the club history DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett made on that drive:
Lockett broke the record for catches in a season (Doug Baldwin, Bobby Engram)
Metcalf broke the record for receiving yards in a season (Steve Largent)
They're the second duo with 1,000 yards in a season
— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) January 3, 2021
That gives Seattle the edge, and the notion that they aren’t in a rebuild mode.
It also gives their young quarterback two of the best weapons at the wide receiver position he could ever ask for.
While Metcalf fell off a little in 2021, he could rebound with Lock if the two click early in the NFL preseason.
Lockett is a solid go-to wide receiver that shouldn’t have any issues with hitting 1,000 yards again in 2022.
However, there’s more to the Seattle story that shows they aren’t in rebuild mode.
Seattle Showed They Are Building Around Lock
When Seattle had the chance to draft a quarterback, they instead drafted needed offensive linemen in the 2022 NFL Draft.
— ℂassidy ₳ce (@Footballholic89) May 1, 2022
They passed on every quarterback with their first-round selection.
With only one quarterback selected in the first-round, the Seahawks continued to pass on the remaining quarterbacks.
They didn’t draft a quarterback or trade for one.
Instead, they are sticking with Lock and building a team around him.
Seattle seems to have faith that the young quarterback can do something with the team.
With added protection for him and two solid receivers, that faith might be well placed in him.
However, the Broncos game will be his first test in this building phase that Seattle is showing people.
Does Lock Have What It Takes To Show He Can Lead In Seattle?
During his rookie season, Lock enjoyed a great start to his career.
He went 4-1, impressing the people in Denver.
However, his following season was plagued with mistakes and injuries.
He fell to a 4-9 record and had one of the worst touchdown to interception ratios of starting quarterbacks in 2020.
When he filled in for Teddy Bridgewater in 2021, he went 0-3.
However, in those three starts, he had one touchdown and zero interceptions.
He may have turned a corner when protecting the ball.
But we won’t know for sure until we see him in action during the preseason and regular season.
If he has learned from his past mistakes, he could be a leader for the Seattle offense.
He talked with Peyton Manning while in Denver for some help with playing quarterback.
So 2022 could see him turn into the leader Seattle needs to replace Wilson.