The quarterback, the Broncos, Russell Wilson traded five draught picks and three players for; the one they signed to a $245 million extension earlier this month was the second choice with the season opener on the line in his first start with his new team and his first return involvement to the city where he played his first 10 NFL seasons.
Russell Wilson’s stat line looked the part in the 17-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night at Lumen Field. He completed 29 of his 42 passes for 340 yards and a touchdown to cap an emotional evening.
However, Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett decided to have Brandon McManus attempt a 64-yard field goal for the victory with 20 seconds remaining and the team behind by one rather than allowing Wilson to lead a play on fourth-and-5 at the Seahawks’ 46-yard line.
Russell Wilson Attempted 64-Yard Field Goal For Denver Broncos:
Many people highlighted the Russell Wilson-Seahawks reunion on their calendars almost as soon as the NFL schedule was made public. Wilson, his new Broncos teammates, and the Seahawks had all openly used the just-another-game argument.
However, Wilson’s ten seasons in Seattle, which included nine Pro Bowl choices, two visits to the Super Bowl, and one Lombardi Trophy, answered the question of whether he would face jeers from the moment he entered the field for warm-ups. The Seahawks supporters booed the entire time ferociously.
The Seahawks coach Pete Carroll frequently motioned to the crowd to become louder whenever the Broncos had the ball. The crowd screamed Smith’s name as the quarterback took those last kneel-downs to seal the game as if it were an effort to prove many of those in attendance had moved on.
Wilson and the Broncos’ offense got off to a slower start because Wilson didn’t try a wide receiver pass until 5 minutes, 34 seconds into the first half when he connected with Jerry Jeudy for a 67-yard catch-and-run score. However, despite turning up the volume, the Broncos ultimately couldn’t convert their 433 yards of offense into enough points.