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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Three things revisited: Broncos-Seahawks

By Mike Sando

Looking back on three things discussed here before the Seattle Seahawks' second exhibition game of the 2013 preseason, a 40-10 victory at home against the Denver Broncos on Saturday night:

1. The starting QBs. Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson combined to complete 19 of 28 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and one sack. Manning took a hard hit from Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and was slow to rise following the play, but he finished that drive with a touchdown pass to Wes Welker and played extensively thereafter. Wilson's perfectly delivered 33-yard sideline strike to Golden Tate against Champ Bailey was a highlight for Seattle. Both quarterbacks impressed and both played extensively, one reason this game felt more intense than the typical preseason matchup.

2. No-huddle defense. The Seahawks forced a three-and-out on the Broncos' first possession, but Manning had little trouble directing Denver's offense from that point forward. Ronnie Hillman's fumble near the goal line killed one drive after 14 plays and 79 yards. The Broncos lost two fumbles on their first four possessions. Seattle's defense gets some credit for that, but not for handling the Broncos' fast-paced offense.

3. Winfield factor. The Seahawks sought to upgrade their nickel defense when they signed slot corner Antoine Winfield in free agency. Winfield was the nearest defender when Manning completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Welker, but it wasn't clear to me whether Winfield had the coverage exclusively or if he was passing off Welker to another defender. Either way, Welker scored from the slot on the play. While with New England last season, Welker caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown against Seattle.

Note: I filed this in the third quarter because there was nothing more to see in relation to these three areas of interest.