Seahawks Throw Away Game; Broncos Take Advantage
The Seattle Seahawks are .500, two weeks into the 2010 season. First Year Head Coach Pete Carroll and his team played their first game away from Qwest Field and the high temperature and high altitude favored the home team.
First Year Head Coach Pete Carroll and his team played their first game away from Qwest Field and the high temperature and high altitude favored the home team.
Denver Broncos have the longest winning home opener streak in the league, and they kept that streak alive today, posting their eleventh straight. They lead all major professional sports teams 24-3 in home openers since 1984.
Seahawks Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw three interceptions and the hawks had four total turnovers.
Bronco Quarterback Kyle Orton and his offense took advantage. Orton finishes with 307 yards and two touchdown passes. Their top draft pick, Demayius Thomas caught eight passes for 97 yards. Thomas was the first receiver chosen in last April's draft.
The Broncos led 17-0 after a dominating first half that included. Cassius Vaughn recovered a fumbled punt and Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins both intercepted passes from Matt Hasselbeck inside the Denver 10-yard line.
Hasselbeck finished 20 for 35 for 233 yards and was picked off three times, the last time by rookie Perrish Cox in waning minutes. He threw for a touchdown and ran for another.
Orton was 25 of 35 with two TDs and no interceptions. After Vaughn's recovery of Walter Thurmond's fumbled punt at the Seattle 13, Royal caught a low pass from Orton and rolled into the end zone for his first TD catch since Nov. 30, 2008, against the Jets, a span of 22 games.
Royal set up Denver's second touchdown on a 34-yard reception to the Seahawks 1 when running back Knowshon Moreno took the pitch and then tossed back to Orton, who found Royal racing down the left sideline. Royal was tripped up by Lawyer Milloy at the 1, and Correll Buckhalter took it in from there for a 14-0 lead.
Thomas made his NFL debut on the Broncos' fourth possession and had receptions of 20, 18, 9 and 9 yards on the drive that stalled at the Seahawks 2.
The Broncos' shoddy special teams coverage - which led to 17 points in their season-opening loss at Jacksonville - showed up again in the third quarter when they had Seattle rookie Golden Tate bottled up before letting him slip free for a 63-yard punt return - he would add a 52-yard catch later on.
Tate's big return set up Hasselbeck's 11-yard TD pass to Ben Obomanu. Moreno had a career-long 45-yard reception on the ensuing possession, which he capped with a 1-yard dive to make it 24-7.