Seattle Seahawks: Five takeaways from 27-24 loss in Denver

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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 9: Running back Royce Freeman #28 of the Denver Broncos rushes for yardage after contact by defensive back Earl Thomas #29 and cornerback Tre Flowers #37 of the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 9, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks lost their season opener in Denver yesterday, 24-21. Here are five takeaways from the game.

Waking up yesterday morning was exciting for all of the 12th man. Why is that you ask? Well, there was this thing called the first Sunday of the 2018 Seattle Seahawks season that loomed in front of us.

The Seahawks were in it the entire time and had several leads. Lack of time in the pocket, as well as mental mistakes, were their undoing. In the end, Seattle came up three points short. Now that the game is over, and everyone has had a night to sleep on it, there are reasons for optimism. Here are five takeaways from Sunday.

ET3 still has “it”

Earl Thomas is still the best safety in the NFL. Who else could smartly bait a quarterback into throwing a pick that didn’t participate in OTA’s, training camp, and preseason? It looked as if he had been at practice all along, instead of four days before their first game. Agree with him holding out or not, he is a once in a lifetime player.

His first-quarter interception of Case Keenum was an example of how a veteran free safety should play. He read Keenum at the snap and was able to jump the receiver’s route to make the pick. For the next couple of series, Keenum didn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards in the air.

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