The Denver Broncos opened up the 2015 preseason by laying a whooping on the Seattle Seahawks. Sure, it's just preseason, but it still feels pretty good. The defense looks nasty, the backup offense looks decent, and the special teams.. well, the special teams needs a lot of work. But it was enough for the Broncos to outgain the Seahawks by over 200 yards in the first half alone and turn a 19-10 halftime lead into a 22-20 final score.
Von Miller opened up the defensive theater with a strip sack of Russell Wilson, showing how lean and quick he'll be in 2015, a contract year. He was only in a handful more snaps in the game, but he still made his presence felt.
This set the stage for the defense the rest of the game, with Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray often terrorizing Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson, with Kenny Anunike seeing plenty of work through four quarters of play as well.
With Peyton Manning sitting out, Brock Osweiler got the start and played the entire first half. It was a strong performance from Brock, who led five scoring drives on five attempts, although it wasn't until his last drive that he and the Broncos found the end zone.
But that end zone was worth the wait.
Denver's special teams were nothing special, allowing Tyler Lockett to return a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown (Lockett had a few other close calls as well). There will be some serious meetings held by Denver's third unit this week.
Enter Zac Dysert. Dysert had a head-scratchingly bad night, playing the third quarter and only completing two of five passes for 14 yards.
Early in the third quarter, Jordan Norwood muffed a punt (the special teams horror show continued), giving the Seahawks a first down on Denver's 12-yard line. The defense stepped up (the defensive theater continued), limiting the Seahawks to a field goal and a 19-13 score in Denver's favor.
Midway through the 3rd quarter, the Broncos defense was still owning, with the Broncos offense providing plenty of support.
Not that it really matters but: 1st downs (Den:14, Sea 4), Yards (Den: 246, Sea: 47), Passing yards (Den: 146, Sea: 7). SEVEN. SEVEN YARDS.— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) August 15, 2015
As the Broncos entered the fourth quarter, Trevor Siemian came into the game, proving to be a more reliable backup's backup than the disappointing Dysert. Siemian made the throw of the game, a 41-yard bomb to Bennie Fowler, but he was efficient outside of that big pass to earn a 118.8 passer rating.
The Seahawks came close to mounting a comeback, but Denver's defense and offense did just enough to hold on and win 22-20.