Why the preseason Super Bowl rematch matters

Preseason games are not equivalent to the regular season, playoffs or the Super Bowl, but it is exciting that the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos first preseason game is against each other. The Lombardi trophy will not be on the line, but this game will be one you will not want to miss.

The game will be in Denver rather than in New York/New Jersey. Most of the starting players will be on the bench because preseason games are meant for the players who are fighting for their spot on the 53-man roster. Both teams are at their peaks right now.

Peyton Manning

With Peyton Manning now 38 years old, the Denver Broncos are in a rush to win a Lombardi trophy. It could take several years for the Denver Broncos to return to a Super Bowl once Manning retires. They are doing everything they can to fix the flaws from last year’s team. The Broncos used free agency to pick up some of the best defensive players available.

New to the team are cornerback Aqib Talib, safety T.J. Ward and defensive end DeMarcus Ware. With these key additions to the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos can be a force to be reckoned with if their offense stays healthy and be as productive as last season.

For the Seahawks, they have lost several key players due to free agency. Extending the contracts of Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, Steven Hauschka, Zach Miller, Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas gives the team hope in going to a second consecutive Super Bowl. Seattle picked up great additions in the draft that not only add depth to the roster, but also fill the holes free agency created.

With both west coast teams hungry for a win, whether it is revenge or to hold the reigning title of winning, this preseason game might be another predictor of the upcoming Super Bowl. Last year, the Broncos traveled to Seattle for a preseason game and the Seahawks dominated the game 40-10, similar to the 43-8 score of Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Over the past two preseasons the Seahawks are undefeated and since head coach Pete Carroll arrived in Seattle in 2010, they are 11-5. Their last preseason loss was to the Broncos in 2011. The game was close and ended 23-20.

It is also important to note than the Broncos will travel to Seattle during the regular season to play September 21.