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Geno Smith Impresses NFL Twitter as Seahawks Beat Broncos in Russell Wilson's Return

Doric SamSeptember 13, 2022

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It might have taken 10 seasons, but it looks like Geno Smith finally unlocked his potential.

The veteran quarterback led the Seattle Seahawks to a 17-16 win over the Denver Broncos in a 2022 season opener on Monday Night Football. Smith put forth one of the best outings of his NFL career, finishing 23-of-28 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.

The 31-year-old was nearly immaculate in the first half, completing his first 13 passes. He showcased why he was named Seattle's starter over Drew Lock, who was acquired as part of the blockbuster offseason trade that sent longtime Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson to the Broncos. Wilson finished 29-of-42 for 340 yards and a touchdown.

Smith's performance drew massive praise on social media, with many believing he finally reached the form that was expected of him coming out of West Virginia in 2013.

shannon sharpe @ShannonSharpe

Broncos Def got Geno looking like Mahomes .

Levi Edwards @theleviedwards

This the Geno Smith that pulled up tonight <a href="https://t.co/wK4W5AwKxY">pic.twitter.com/wK4W5AwKxY</a>

Chad Johnson @ochocinco

Let’s go Geno, happy for young boul finally getting another opportunity to be a starter 🙏🏾

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

Hey… Geno is BALLIN

Field Yates @FieldYates

Let Geno cook.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Geno Smith started the night by completing his first 13 pass attempts.<br><br>Per <a href="https://twitter.com/EliasSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EliasSports</a>, the only other quarterbacks since 1990 to complete each of their first 13 passes in Week 1 are Gardner Minshew (2019) and Jim Kelly (1990). <a href="https://t.co/F1uLh2LGSR">pic.twitter.com/F1uLh2LGSR</a>

Kevin Clark @bykevinclark

The Geno-Lock QB competition: <a href="https://t.co/TnX6YMgao2">pic.twitter.com/TnX6YMgao2</a>

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

Get loose Geno!!!

Michael Carter @8kMike

geno smith playing for da trenches rn😂

Sam Monson @PFF_Sam

Pete Carroll putting more faith in Geno Smith to air it out than Russell Wilson is some peak trolling

Steven St.John @SSJWHB

The Broncos should trade for Geno Smith.

Brian Baldinger @BaldyNFL

Is that Geno or Russell?

Seahawks PR @seahawksPR

.<a href="https://twitter.com/Seahawks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Seahawks</a> QB Geno Smith set first-half career marks with 17 completions and a 94.4% completion percentage (17 for 18). <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHawks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoHawks</a>

NFL @NFL

17-of-18<br>164 yards<br>2 TDs<a href="https://twitter.com/GenoSmith3?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GenoSmith3</a> is showing exactly why he won the Seahawks QB competition. 🔥<br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DENvsSEA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DENvsSEA</a> on ESPN/ABC<br>📱: Stream on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO">https://t.co/54o9fOPBKO</a> <a href="https://t.co/hDvTKMtSzZ">pic.twitter.com/hDvTKMtSzZ</a>

ChuckModi @ChuckModi1

This is NOT a fluke. Geno Smith is the real deal. Just never given a real shot after Jets &amp; NYC media did him dirty. <a href="https://t.co/yheQmUOQQ2">pic.twitter.com/yheQmUOQQ2</a>

Matthew Freedman @MattFtheOracle

What if Geno Smith actually was the QB the Jets needed all along?

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

If we got this Geno Smith when he was with the Jets, we would have won a Super Bowl.

Jersey Jerry @Jerrythekid21

I can’t believe what I’m seeing out of Geno Smith tonight.

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

I’m old enough to remember when Geno Smith was at the movies as a team meeting began bc he got the time zones mixed up.

Niko Tamurian @NikoTamurian

Geno Smith winning this fanbase over with gutsy play tonight.<br><br>Yes he's been brilliant most of the way, but he's showing heart and willing to go all out. It's all 12's need to see<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seahawks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seahawks</a>

Colb @___Colb___

I’m genuinely happy for Geno Smith because Black QBs rarely get second chances to start if the first one doesn’t go well, even if it’s not all on them, and he’s showing out tonight.

keith bulluck @kbull53

Geno Smith playing like he back at WVU

The last time Smith was a full-time starter was during his first two seasons in the NFL when he was with the New York Jets. Those were a couple of dreadful years, but he showed in recent seasons that he matured into a dependable player.

Smith filled in admirably when Wilson went down with a finger injury last season. In four games with three starts, Smith threw for 702 yards and five touchdowns against one interception, completing 68.4 percent of his passes.

If Smith can continue playing like he did Monday, the Seahawks will surprise. Seattle was expected to be in a rebuild, but Smith proved he can lead the team to success.

Smith and the Seahawks will try to keep the momentum going Sunday in an NFC West matchup at the San Francisco 49ers.

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