Seahawks vs. Denver: The New Guys Catch On.

Week 2 of the preseason brought the Denver Broncos to Qwest Field to face the Seahawks. Seattle’s new faces shined in a 27-13 victory, with free-agent acquisition T.J. Houshmandzadeh and rookie Deon Butler catching touchdowns while new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s squad stiffened in the red zone and forced turnovers.

Long before the fans arrived, players were in full preparation mode for the game. 

Nate Burleson did not play in the game, but worked out hard on the field hours before kickoff.

Rookie receiver Deon Butler stretched in front of his locker before taking the field for warmups.

Butler is quickly becoming a fan favorite, not only for his speed and great hands on the field, but his personality and willingness to accommodate fans with an autograph when his time allows.

After the pregame warmups, the team returned to the locker room for final preparations before heading out for the introductions. Head coach Jim Mora shares a moment with fullback Justin Griffith as the team heads out to the field.

Matt Hasselbeck started quickly, leading the first unit offense down the field on an eight-play drive. He reared back and fired a 34-yard strike on a perfectly thrown ball to Deon Branch for the first touchdown of the game.

Butler celebrates after his diving catch resulted in the Seahawks’ first touchdown. Butler also added a nifty catch across the middle and a 37-yard kickoff return in a solid outing against the Broncos.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh shows Seattle fans what he’s all about when he ran a perfect route to the corner and beat Denver’s Andre Goodman for Seattle’s second touchdown on a pass from Matt Hasselbeck.

After the touchdown, Seahawks flags are carried across the turf.

Seattle’s defense got into the act. Another new face —  cornerback Ken Lucas — went high to deflect a pass in the end zone away from Denver’s Tony Scheffler.

New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, congratulates his guys after they forced a turnover.

Justin Forsett heads upfield for a 30-yard gain on a screen pass. Forsett showed off his pass-catching abilities as he led the team with seven receptions.

Brandon Coutu celebrates after knocking home a 52-yard field goal in the third quarter.

After the game, team president and general manager Tim Ruskell congratulated players as they headed back to the locker room after the victory.


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