Seahawks at Broncos

When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PDT, Invesco Field, Denver

Records: Seahawks 1-0; Broncos 0-1

TV: KCPQ/13, with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa

Radio: 97.3 FM and 710 ESPN, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller

Matchup microscope

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck vs. Broncos FS Brian Dawkins: Hasselbeck was fooled by 49ers CB Nate Clements in throwing a first-play interception last week. But he recovered to burn Clements a couple of times while completing 18 of 23 passes and throwing for two touchdowns. Dawkins, an eight-time Pro Bowl and five-time All-Pro selection, is even more experienced than Clements. Dawkins is one of only four players in league history to have at least 33 interceptions and 20 sacks for his career (36 and 21). Last season, his first with the Broncos, Dawkins had 116 tackles and five takeaways (two interceptions, three fumble recoveries).  What tricks does Dawkins have for Hasselbeck this week, and how will Hasselbeck counter?

One to watch

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons vs. Broncos LT Ryan Clady: The Seahawks cannot give Broncos QB Kyle Orton time to get comfortable in the pocket, so Clemons’ ability to continue being disruptive against one the best left tackles in the game will be vital. Clemons did not have a sack in the opener against the 49ers, but he did apply ample pressure with four QB hits. Clady allowed half-a-sack as a rookie and 2½ last season. But Aaron Kampman beat Clady for a sack in the Broncos’ season-opening loss at Jacksonville.

Fun to watch

Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant vs. Broncos WB Brandon Lloyd: Lloyd is no stranger to Trufant, since he played for the 49ers from 2003-05. Lloyd joined the Broncos last season, but caught only eight passes. Last week, he had a league-high three receptions of 25-plus yards among his five-catch, 117-yard effort against the Jaguars. Trufant also is back on his Pro Bowl game after missing six games and never regaining his form last season because of a back problem. But against the 49ers, he returned an interception for a touchdown and also had a breakup near goal line. In four career games against the Seahawks, Lloyd has 17 catches for a 17.3-yard average, but only 3.5 yards after the catch. Trufant has six of his 20 career interceptions on the road.

One tough task

Zane Beadles. The Broncos’ second-round draft choice started at right tackle for an injured Ryan Harris in the opener last week and has remained there this week because Harris has not practiced due to a sprained ankle. Against the Seahawks, Beadles will face the double duty that is lining up against 332-pound Red Bryant in the base defense and linebacker-turned-rush-end Aaron Curry in the nickel defense. Bryant collected his first NFL sack last week, while he (three) and Curry (two) had five of the Seahawks’ 11 hits on 49ers QB Alex Smith. If the Seahawks are to generate similar pressure on Orton, this is a good place to start.

Notable

Hasselbeck emerged from the opening weekend as the NFC’s top-rated passer (108.3). … Beadles is one of two rookies starting on the O-line for the Broncos. The other is C J.D. Walton. … For the Seahawks, former Broncos T Tyler Polumbus will start at left tackle for injured first-round draft choice Russell Okung. … The Broncos have won 10 consecutive home openers, the longest current streak in the league; and their 37-12-1 overall record in home openers also is the best in the league. … The six points allowed by the Seahawks last week were the fewest in the league on the opening weekend. … Seahawks SS Lawyer Milloy and Dawkins will make their 200th career starts, joining Vikings QB Brett Favre (286) as the only active players with 200. … The Broncos lead the series between these former AFC West rivals 33-18, including a 20-5 edge in Denver.


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