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

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

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

Smith’s performance drew praise on social media, with many believing he had finally hit the form expected from his 2013 exit from West Virginia.

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Broncos Def made Geno look like Mahomes.

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Geno Smith started the night by completing his first 13 pass attempts.

By @EliasSportsthe only other quarterbacks since 1990 to complete each of their first 13 Week 1 passes are Gardner Minshew (2019) and Jim Kelly (1990). pic.twitter.com/F1uLh2LGSR

Seahawks PR @seahawksPR

.@Seahawks QB Geno Smith set career highs in the first half with 17 completions and a 94.4% (17-for-18) completion percentage. #GoHawks

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17 out of 18
164 yards
2 tutorials
@GenoSmith3 shows exactly why he won the Seahawks QB competition. 🔥

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The last time Smith was a full-time starter was in his first two seasons in the NFL when he was with the New York Jets. It was a terrible few years, but he has shown in recent seasons that he has become a reliable player.

Smith filled the role admirably when Wilson suffered a finger injury last season. In four games with three starts, Smith threw for 702 yards and five touchdowns against an interception, completing 68.4% of his passes.

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

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

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