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Horse Tracks 8/23/09 - Broncos lose to Seahawks 27-13; Orton performs well


Sorry for the late Tracks, folks; been fighting with my wife's laptop this AM (mine's in for repairs). To sum it up, Kyle Orton looked very good last night. Had Jabar Gaffney squeezed a 2nd-down pass in the back of the end zone, Orton's night would have been spectacular. Although he threw a Plummer-ish INT afterward, it was on fourth down with nothing to lose. Try not to make anything of it. Special teams were pretty rotten, as they allowed a partial punt block and Kenny McKinley fumbled a punt return. That, plus a deep fumble by Tony Scheffler and the Broncos gift-wrapped 13 points to the Seahawks. Both teams came out chucking, and the Broncos again showed a very good pass rush. Chris Simms left with an apparent lower-leg injury; didn't see much written about that today. Overall, the starters looked very good. Still, there were some clock-management and substitution issues which caused the offense to burn through their first-half timeouts. Tom Brandstater came in for Simms and was sacked four times. Meanwhile, Matt Prater bombed a field goal from 53 yards which may have been good from 65.

NFL - Box Score - Denver Broncos 13 at Seattle Seahawks 27

NFL - Video Highlights - Seahawks 27, Broncos 13

NFL - Kyle Orton highlights - Video

DB - Seahawks Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - Seahawks Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DP - Seahawks defeat Broncos 27-13 in preseason game at Seattle - Mike Klis

DP - Broncos see quiet, steady progress in Seattle - Jeff Legwold
Legwold evaluates each unit's performance

DP - Hillis glad to help anywhere - Jeff Legwold
Peyton Hillis lined up at RB, FB and WR last night; get used to it.

DB - Developing Their Own Brand - Chris Gentilviso
Tom Brandstater made his debut (to the tune of 4 sacks), while Britton Colquitt kicked a field goal.

DB - Progressing Through the Preseason - Gray Caldwell

DB - Broncos at Seahawks: First Half Live Blog - Kyle Sonneman

DB - Broncos at Seahawks: Second Half Live Blog - Kyle Sonneman

IDT - I’ll take McDaniels’ accountability any day over Marshall’s immature petulance - Hunter Ansley

DP - Klis: Brandon, be careful what you wish for
Klis points out why BMarsh is unlikely to get what he wants.

DP - Krieger: Chicken is a game with two losers
I'm not sure what "reality" Krieger thinks McDaniels and Co. need to face...does he think the Broncos need to give in and pay BMarsh for complaining?

DP - QB comes close to even better stats
Game notes from Klis and Jones

DP - Pass rushers find more fun in 3-4 defense - Lindsay Jones

AP - Denver Broncos Fall To 0-2 In Preseason Play - Greg Bell

CSG - Orton sharp early, but Broncos lose to Seattle - Frank Schwab

DP - Memo to Marshall: Show you're valuable
Kiszla responds to emails

NFL Results

NFL - San Diego Chargers 17 at Arizona Cardinals 6
Dolts D comes up with two big end-zone picks; LT plays again; Rivers and Volek both efficient.

NFL - Oakland Raiders 20 at San Francisco 49ers 21
Another big game from Niners RB Glenn Coffee; nice TD pass from JaMarcus the Hutt to Louis Murphy.

NFL - New York Giants 3 at Chicago Bears 17
Excellent performances from JC and Matt Forte lead Bears.

NFL - Carolina Panthers 17 at Miami Dolphins 27
Efficient quarterbacking from Pennington and Henne; Delhomme and DeAngelo Williams solid.

NFL - Detroit Lions 10 at Cleveland Browns 27
Rough outing for Matthew Stafford; big game from Josh Cribbs; solid start by Derek Anderson.

NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers 13 at Washington Redskins 17
Campbell 1 for 7; Skins run well in penalty-mired game.

NFL - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 at Jacksonville Jaguars 23
Huge game from WR Troy Williamson and David Garrard; solid running by Derrick Ward.

NFL - Buffalo Bills 21 at Green Bay Packers 31
Rodgers again looks exceptional; Packers D forces 5 turnovers.

NFL - New Orleans Saints 38 Houston Texans 14
Big game from old friend Mike Bell; Texans give it away 3 times.

AFC West

SDUT - Victorious Bolts have work to do - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Naanee once again puts his talents on display - Kevin Acee

SFC - Davis serves strong Coffee - John Crumpacker

SFG - Raiders Silver and Black Blog : Postgame notes (updated)

CCT - McDonald: Raiders decide Russell doesn't need two-minute drill work

CBS - Raiders camp report: Franchise QB or not to be? Russell's time is now - Clark Judge

KCS - Haley’s first Chiefs camp includes many memorable lessons - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs leave a few broken hearts as they part ways with River Falls, Wis. - Kent Babb

NFL News

NFL - Reid says Vick on track to make Eagles debut Thursday vs. Jaguars

NFL - Steelers QB Roethlisberger sits vs. Redskins to rest Achilles' tendon injury

NFL - Dolphins' Smith, Allen miss game vs. Panthers, being tested for swine flu

NFL - Cowboys rookie LB Williams likely done for season with knee injury

NFL Opinion

DP - Cutler maturing in role with Bears - Mike Klis

NFP - Sunday at the Post - Mike Lombardi
Lombardi doesn't think BMarsh's absence was a big deal; he says players don't travel when they're not expected to play under Belichick/McDaniels. Not sure I buy that one, but okay.

NFL - Favre immediately making his presence felt in Minnesota - Steve Wyche

ESPN - Dolphins' Pennington relishes his role - Chris Mortensen

NFP - 2009 NFP scouting series: Boston College - Wes Bunting