Manning’s passing stats in one half of work – 16-of-23 passing for 177 yards – were solid, but the all-important touchdown-to-interception ratio of 0-2 left the quarterback disappointed.
Still, a 12-play, 66-yard drive in which Manning went 8-for-11 for 87 yards as the first half came to a close was enough to give Denver a 10-9 lead against Seattle at halftime.
“I was pretty pleased with the first half,” Head Coach John Fox said. “Other than the 0-3 turnover margin, I thought we did pretty good to take the lead 10-9 before the half. You would have liked it to be better as far as the points because we dropped a couple points off with field position. Again, something to build on and something to get better from.”
The second half, however, was all Seattle, as the Seahawks scored three unanswered touchdowns for a 30-10 victory.
“It’s football,” said running back
After the offense's first series ended in a three-and-out, the Broncos’ second drive of the game started in prime position at the Seattle 24-yard line thanks to a blocked punt by safety
“Of course you’re going to be concerned about turning it over,” McGahee said. “Regardless of if it’s running with the ball, fumbling or throwing interceptions, you’re going to be concerned. It’s things that you want to get back and work on come Monday morning.”
The story of Manning’s first touchdown drive, which started with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter, was the ground game, as the Broncos’ 11-play, 80 yard touchdown drive featured seven runs and four passes. McGahee got the drive going with back-to-back 7-yard runs. Later, he finished what he started, finding pay dirt on his third consecutive 1-yard gain from inside Seattle’s 5-yard line.
But it was Manning who picked up the bulk of the yardage on the drive, going 4-for-4 for 47 yards, with two completions to wide receiver
A pair of field goals by Seattle’s Steven Hauschka made it 9-7 with 2:44 remaining in the first half.
Taking over at the 20-yard line after a touchback, Manning quickly pushed the ball near midfield with three straight short completions, two to wide receiver
A 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on center
"Coach mentioned that, he was like, 'Hey, we turned the ball over and we're still winning the game,’” Dreessen said. “We know we can play better than that. So that is a bright side. We've just got to fix the things we can fix, really."
Seattle’s first drive with backup quarterback Russell Wilson under center ended in the first touchdown given up by the Broncos defense this preseason. It was one of three touchdown drives led by Wilson, who finished the game 10-for-17 for 155 yards, including two touchdowns. Wilson also picked up 33 yards rushing on five carries as he helped Seattle’s offense roll up 302 second-half yards after it gained only 103 before halftime.
After taking a 16-10 lead on the first drive of the third quarter, Seattle extended its lead to 23-10 on a 34-yard touchdown reception by Tyrell Sutton. The last score of the evening came on an 8-yard touchdown completion from Wilson to Seahawks tight end Cooper Helfet.
Meanwhile, Denver’s offense sputtered in the second half. Rookie quarterback
"I think with how the game ended today, we found out a lot of stuff that we do need to work on," Decker said.
The Broncos will have an opportunity to put the loss behind them when San Francisco comes to Denver next Sunday, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT. Rookie defensive lineman
“When you have a big win, it sweeps all those bad things you did under the rug,” Wolfe said. “When you get beat, though, all those things are exposed. Sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise. You never want to lose, but let’s just be thankful it was in the preseason and not in the regular season.”