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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Three things: Broncos-Seahawks

By Mike Sando

Three things to watch for Saturday night in the Seattle Seahawks' second exhibition game of the 2013 season, set for 10 p.m. ET at home against the Denver Broncos:

1. The starting QBs. The Seahawks' leadership begged Peyton Manning to consider signing with the team in March 2012. Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider flew to Denver for a chance to meet with Manning, but the quarterback wouldn't engage them. Seattle came out fine by drafting Russell Wilson, who tied Manning's rookie record for touchdown passes. The Broncos and Seahawks are thrilled with how things turned out. Fans will get a chance to see both QBs in the same stadium Saturday night.

2. No-huddle defense. Carroll welcomed a chance to play the Broncos during preseason because his defense could use the work against Manning's no-huddle pacing. How will the defense fare? Carroll: "He’s as good as you can get. … We’ve emphasized it all week long knowing that it will be around for the rest of the season."

3. Winfield factor. The Seahawks signed slot corner Antoine Winfield to upgrade their nickel defense against receivers such as the Broncos' Wes Welker. Last season, Welker caught nine passes for 129 yards and a touchdown against Seattle while working from the slot. No player had more catches or yards from the slot against Seattle all season. Will this game give us a better feel for how the Seahawks will match up in that regard? Might Walter Thurmond get some chances to defend the slot as well?