Sunday, August 19, 2012
Observation deck: Broncos-Seahawks
By Bill Williamson
A look at Denver's 30-10 home loss against Seattle on Saturday night:
For Peyton Manning, statistics really don’t matter this summer.
It’s all about getting ready for the regular season and shaking off the rust.
Sure, the quarterback threw two interceptions Saturday against the Seahawks. He has three interceptions in about three quarters this summer.
I’m sure Manning will take throwing three interceptions in a game that doesn't matter after enduring multiple neck surgeries last year.
As a whole, Manning looked sharp and showed good arm strength as he played the entire first half and completed 16 of 23 passes for 177 yards. He even took his first hit since his injury. He quickly got up.
Manning will likely play well into the third quarter next week against San Francisco in what should be his final preseason tune-up. Again, Manning is making great progress as he continues to pass tests on his way back from his devastating injury.
Through the first half Saturday, the Broncos defense had held opponents to 2 of 19 on third-down conversations. That’s a trend you want to see.
Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, a second-round draft pick, had another strong performance.
Running back Lance Ball continued to make a push for a roster spot.
Rookie Brock Osweiler replaced Manning. His first two series were three-and-outs, but it is a sign that Denver could be looking to Osweiler over Caleb Hanie as Manning's backup.
Safety David Bruton was a beast on special teams, which will help make a roster claim.