PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. The Broncos’ pass-rushing tandem gave a demented meaning to “pressure off the edge.” They combined for 3½ sacks and six QB hits, and it seemed like twice that.
Their efforts made for a long evening for rookie right tackle James Carpenter, and stopped what the Seahawks were trying to do on several plays before they could even get started.
As Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of a Broncos’ defense that produced five sacks of Tarvaris Jackson, “They ran right through us.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: In a game dominated by the Broncos’ pass rush and decided by the special teams units, let’s go with the longest offensive play of the game – a 42-yard completion from Broncos QB Kyle Orton to Eddie Royal.
Defense: In his preseason debut – and on the Broncos’ sixth play of the game – defensive end Chris Clemons intercepted an Orton pass that was intended for Brandon Lloyd. Not on a pass that was tipped at the line, but one were Clemons was in coverage. And not on a zone blitz.
“It’s actually not a zone blitz,” Clemons explained. “It’s just a coverage that we have we put in to take away the No. 1 receiver. When I got there, he had just released the ball. So it was a matter of me just catching it.”
Special teams: There definitely were several that deserve recognition, starting with Steve Hauschka’s 51-yard field goal to win it as time expired and also including a 57-yarder by the Broncos’ Matt Prater and 53- and 52-yarders by the Seahawks’ Jeff Reed. But the nod goes to rookie Doug Baldwin, who returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.
“After the first wave, the hole was enormous,” Baldwin said, giving ample credit to his blockers. “Then, I had to make one guy miss.”
The Seahawks got out of the game without any injuries of note, Carroll said. But they played without six injured starters: running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle), left tackle Russell Okung (ankle), tight end John Carlson (shoulder), middle linebacker David Hawthorne (knee), cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (foot).
THIS ‘N THAT
Rookie defensive lineman Pep Levingston had two sacks.
Veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant had a sack – for 15 yards – among his game-high six tackles.
Jon Ryan got off kicks of 66- and 63-yarders while averaging 51.1 yards on seven punts.
Rookie Byron Maxwell had three coverage tackles on special teams and fellow rookie Jeron Johnson has two.
There were 19 penalties – 10 against the Seahawks for 67 yards and nine against the Broncos for 73.
The Seahawks averaged 1.4 yards on their 27 offensive plays in the first half, when they were outgained by the Broncos 204-39.
YOU DON’T SAY
“He’s been very, very effective in this preseason so far. There’s really been nothing that he’s been asked to do that he can’t do.” – Carroll on Baldwin, who had two receptions to go with his kickoff return for a TD