Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
SAN FRANCISCO -- My NFC West colleague Mike Sando and I traded info on the quarterbacks in question Saturday night.
Below are Sando's thoughts on Orton as he tried to bounce back from a preseason opener in which he threw three interceptions on three straight series:
Though generally efficient, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton was a little careless in the red zone during one half of work against the Seahawks.
Seattle cornerback Ken Lucas dropped an end-zone pass from Orton on one drive, then picked off an ugly fourth-down pass in the end zone on another drive. Orton should have had a touchdown one play prior to the interception, but a wide-open Jabar Gaffney dropped the ball in the end zone.
Orton completed 17 of 24 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and a 92.1 rating in the first half, but the Broncos had only a 10-7 lead to show for a 209-97 advantage in yardage when Orton left the game.
Orton enjoyed good protection most of the time. The Seahawks did not sack him. This was a step forward from Orton's performance against the 49ers last week, but not an entirely satisfying one.
Thanks, Mr. Sando.
I will shoot back later Sunday with thoughts from both Denver and San Diego's preseason games Saturday night.