NFL Nation: 2014 NFL Preseason Week 2 SEA at DEN

In an opening preseason game that seemingly would never end, with numerous penalties and a lightning delay, the Denver Broncos got a little Super Bowl redemption on the Seattle Seahawks with a 21-16 victory at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Seattle had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter when they drove inside the 5, but a Terrelle Pryor pass was tipped in the end zone and intercepted by Denver linebacker Steven Johnson.

Here are some other thoughts on the Seahawks first preseason game of the year:
  • Despite the interception at the end, Pryor made the most of his first game in a Seahawks uniform. Pryor showed his scrambling and running ability, and he also made some impressive touch throws over the middle. It would be a surprise now if Pryor isn't part of the 53-man roster.
  • Running back Marshawn Lynch didn't make the trip to Denver, a decision by the coaches because he wasn't going to play. Others who didn't play include safety Kam Chancellor, offensive tackle Russell Okung, guard James Carpenter, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, linebackers Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith, Mike Taylor and Kevin Pierre-Louis, center Max Unger and defensive backs Akeem Auguste and receiver David Gilreath.
  • The last thing anyone wants to see in a preseason game is a weather delay, but it happened. Lightning caused a 46-minute delay in the first half. Denver led 7-0 before the game was halted near the end of the first quarter. When it resumed, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks on a 90-yard touchdown drive with the help of some penalties on the Broncos.
  • Brock Coyle made the most of his chance to start at middle linebacker and continues to be the biggest surprise of the summer for the Seahawks. The undrafted rookie from Montana had five tackles, including one hit when he clocked Denver running back C.J. Anderson, who left the game woozy after the hit. Coyle also had a tackle on a kickoff.
  • Rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson didn't display his blazing speed with any long receptions, but he still had an impressive debut with four catches for 37 yards. Everyone knows Richardson can run, but he answered some questions about his toughness by breaking a few tackles and proving he's not as frail as some people have suggested.
  • Thursday was an outstanding NFL debut by UCLA rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh. He had a sack and a tackle for a loss, and almost had a second sack before Brock Osweiler escaped his grasp.
  • Veteran cornerback A.J. Jefferson might have taken a big step toward making the team with an interception and two passes defended in the second half, but he left the field on a cart in the fourth quarter with an ankle sprain.
  • Who would have thought the most impressive running back for Seattle would be Demitrius Bronson? He had five carries for 22 yards, but dropped a swing pass that could have been the winning touchdown.
DENVER -- The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks had a marathon affair Thursday night in Sports Authority Field at Mile High that included a 45-minute lighting delay, a player ejection and two teams that combined for 20 penalties through three quarters.

All in all, the Broncos' 21-16 win was a rather ugly affair overall involving last February's Super Bowl teams, but also one in which the Broncos showed the kind of impact some of their new additions can have.

Here are some other thoughts on the Broncos' first preseason game of the year:

  • The Broncos have made their run game a priority throughout their offseason work as well as early on in training camp. No, they don't want to become some run-first outfit, but they do want to be able run the ball with efficiency when the game situation presents itself. To that end they have worked heavy packages in camp and broke one out on their first possession when they used three tight ends in addition to backup tackle Paul Cornick as a fourth tight end on consecutive snaps. There are rough edges to smooth as Ronnie Hillman went 2 yards and minus-1 yard on the two plays.
  • It is often logically hazardous to take a few preseason snaps and use them as a template to project anything to come in the regular season. Preseason football is routinely littered with August heroes. But DeMarcus Ware offered a glimpse of what he has left in his football tank. He blew up the Seahawks' first play from scrimmage -- a run in which Nate Irving tackled Robert Turbin for no gain -- and sacked Russell Wilson two plays later. No surprise for those who have seen Ware go about his business at Broncos camp, but put Von Miller back in the defense and the Broncos are going to be able to create plenty of pressure.
  • The Broncos had the officials in for a smattering of training camp practices. They saw the video on the "points of emphasis" on illegal contact and defensive holding. Consider them very much a work in progress there. Among the starters alone cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward were each flagged for defensive holding while Irving and fellow linebacker Danny Trevathan were flagged for illegal contact and pass interference, respectively. Ward also was flagged for a 15-yard facemask penalty.
  • Running back Juwan Thompson, an undrafted rookie from Duke, did what undrafted rookies need to do: He got noticed. Thompson had 59 yards rushing on his six carries, including a 20-yarder on a third-quarter touchdown drive. Thompson was a rotation back at Duke, but the Broncos liked what they saw from him in David Cutcliffe's offense -- the Blue Devils coach was Peyton Manning's offensive coordinator at Tennessee and remains a close confidant -- and the rookie hasn't disappointed throughout the offseason. He has a good feel in pass protection, runs with purpose and catches the ball smoothly. At 225 pounds he's also the biggest back on the roster and a former special teams captain at Duke. He's also the No. 4 back right now for a team that routinely keeps four.
  • After tinkering with the heavy formation, the Broncos' starting offense went back to its reliable three-wide set. Thirteen of the 14 plays in the unit's touchdown drive came in three-wide, the scoring play -- a 1-yard run by Hillman -- was in two tight end.


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