A look at what local and national media are saying ahead of Thursday's preseason opener for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos in Denver.

The Denver Broncos deserve to be Super Bowl favorites |USATODAY

The Broncos are futures favorites at 13-2 odds to win this year s Super Bowl, just ahead of the Seahawks who follow a close second at 7-1, according to Vegas Insider. Here s why the Broncos just might win Super Bowl XLIX. - Micah Peters

Kam Chancellor: Seattle D can t be copied | ESPN

You can go get guys our size and our speed, but you can t teach the heart side of it. You can t teach the want-to. Guys here have the want-to. - Kam Chancellor

Seahawks chatter dominates Broncos Camp | Denver Post

Do they expect an intense meeting at Sports Authority Field at Mile High? Will this game finally shut the big mouths of those Seahawks? Right, everyone wants to talk about the Seahawks. Except the Broncos. - Nicki Jhabvala

Sure it s preseason, but it s also the Seahawks | ESPN

There is a chance, though, that the opening few plays of Thursday's game with the Seattle Seahawks could offer a brief, yet intense batch of plays, all these months after the Seahawks' 35-point win over the Broncos. - Jeff Legwold

Backup safety Johnson is 'invaluable' to Seahawks | Everett Herald

He's done a great job while Kam was out. The coaches want to make sure he understands how well he's done. He's done a tremendous job, he's elevated his game and just really gained the confidence of the whole team. Rocky Seto, Seahawks defensive passing game coordinator

How do the Broncos beat a defense like the Seahawks? | Denver Post Broncos Mailbag

The Seahawks' defense was impressive last year, but let's not compare it to the '85 Bears or 2000 Ravens. Mike Klis

Why Phil Bates might be Seahawks next breakout receiving star | The Seattle Times

He s got great speed, great hands, (Russell) Wilson said. He s got paws. I mean, I ve got huge hands. He s got really big hands as well, and he just catches the ball extremely well.

Simon says: Sherman a great guy as Seahawks mentor | The News Tribune

He s not just all about himself, as some people think. I mean, every time I see someone make a play Sherman is out there chest-bumping, jumping at that. He s happy. Tharold Simon, Seahawks cornerback

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