Not only do the Seahawks face the challenges of playing today at mile-high elevation, at 90 degrees, they also face some impressive history. In home opening games since 1984, the Broncos are 23-3 for a winning percentage of .885 ... the best in the NFL. They've won 10 straight home openers.
The Broncos are also 13-1 at home in Septembers since 2002.
The Hawks' road woes have been well chronicled: 6-18 since '07, with three of those wins at St. Louis.
Don't look for three tight end sets today, as there are only two that are active ... Carlson and Baker. With Morrah and McCoy inactive, it opened the way to activate five wide receivers, including Golden Tate, who was inactive in the opener. As I type this, Carroll is talking to Tate in warmups. It appears to be some instruction in catching punts in the bright sunlight. tate wears a visor on his face mask, but it's not tinted.
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With five completions of greater than 25 yard, Bronco quarterback Kyle Orton led tthe NFL in that category last week. The prime recipient has been Brandon Lloyd, who averaged 23.4 yards on five catches.