Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wrap-up: Broncos 31, Seahawks 14
By Mike Sando
What it means: The Seattle Seahawks are less impressive when playing on the road against a less accommodating opponent. Their pass rush stands a better chance at home, where crowd noise helps Chris Clemons and the defense get a jump on the opponent. And if the Seahawks are going to suffer turnovers on offense and special teams, they're going to lose games, same as everyone else.
Big Revelation: Golden Tate got the message when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll named the rookie inactive despite a mostly impressive offseason. The first time Tate touched the ball, he gained 63 yards on a punt return to set up Matt Hasselbeck's touchdown pass to Ben Obomanu. The decision to deactivate Tate in Week 1 worked out perfectly. Seattle won its opener while getting good production from its receivers, and Tate had extra motivation to tighten up aspects of his game. He added a 52-yard reception against Denver.
Hindsight: The Seahawks' former leadership strongly considered selecting Knowshon Moreno with the fourth overall choice in the 2009 draft -- right up until the night before the first round. Concerns over Moreno's top-end speed prevailed, leading the Seahawks to select linebacker Aaron Curry instead. Moreno hurt the Seahawks repeatedly Sunday, including a touchdown run that gave Denver a 24-7 lead in the third quarter.
Trending: Personnel changes on the offensive line caught up to the Seahawks in this game. They suffered multiple penalties on the line, including in critical situations. Building continuity on the line will take time.
What's next: The Seahawks return to Qwest Field for a game against the San Diego Chargers.