The Seattle Seahawks edged the Denver Broncos during their Monday Night Football showdown, 17-16.
The NFC West squad bucked the prediction of most football fans and experts of a dominating victory by Denver.
After all, the Broncos have a powerful offense led by former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Despite the odds, the Seahawks found a way to win their 2022 season opener by thoroughly understanding Wilson’s game.
Head coach Pete Carroll had coached Wilson since he came into the league in 2012.
Therefore, he also knows the quarterback’s limitations and used them against Wilson in Week 1.
Carroll says part of Seattle's defensive game plan was to make Russell Wilson move to his left. "When he moves to his left it's hard for him, numbers-wise.''
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 13, 2022
The Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta tweeted, “Carroll says part of Seattle’s defensive game plan was to make Russell Wilson move to his left. ‘When he moves to his left, it’s hard for him, numbers-wise.””
The Seahawks have a decade’s worth of information to back that claim.
It proved to be the game-changer for Seattle, especially after the Broncos failed to score a touchdown on multiple opportunities from the red zone.
Wilson did have a strong game with 29 completions for 340 yards and a touchdown.
But the Seahawks stopped him when it mattered most.
Stellar Effort By The Seahawks Defense
Seattle’s 12th Man was also in effect, forcing the Broncos into two delay of game penalties and three false starts.
Likewise, the underrated Seahawks defense rose to the occasion during a primetime football game.
Uchenna Nwosu added another sack.
The Seahawks hope to keep the momentum when they face the 49ers in Week 2.