Broncos vs. Seahawks: Peyton Manning and Denver Lose Big

Nathan FordyceContributor IIIAugust 19, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws for a completion during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The good news: It's only the preseason. The bad news: Peyton Manning has yet to throw a touchdown pass and has thrown three interceptions.

Before everyone overreacts and decides the Manning experiment was a waste, just sit back and relax.

Sure, the Broncos brass and fans wanted to see Manning come out and throw touchdown passes, but he's still trying to get acclimated to the new system and players, not to mention game speed.

Saturday night in a 30-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Manning did throw two interceptions, but it wasn't a bad game for the four-time NFL MVP.

One of the interceptions came on a deflected pass. The other was a bad pass.

It's clear that he and his receivers are still trying to learn and understand each other.  

It'd be one thing if Manning and the Broncos couldn't move the ball. Then there could be cause for concern. But they are moving the ball, It just hasn't produced points.

Manning finished 16-of-23 for 177 yards and those two interceptions Saturday night. That's not ideal in his home opener, but Bronco fans need to be patient.

It's not going to be an instant success and it is only the preseason.


Game recap


Peyton Manning struggled and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson continues to shine and outperform Matt Flynn.


Wilson went 10-of-17 for 155 yards and two touchdowns, while Flynn went just 6-of-13 for 31 yards. Not what you want to see from your starting quarterback. Flynn's struggles keep opening the door wider for Wilson to win the job.

I was really disappointed in how Terrell Owens came out of the game. He was thrown to five times and didn't have a single catch. That's one guy who I thought was going to impress, especially since he was playing against the Broncos' second-team defense.

The first-team defense for the Broncos continues to play well. It has yet to surrender a touchdown in the two preseason games. If it keeps that up, it will only make things easier on Manning.

Brandon Stokley, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas all had three receptions from Manning. It's a good sign that the receivers are getting involved and learning from Manning. The receivers, especially Decker and Thomas, are still trying to learn how to play as a true wideout.

Denver also needs to work on its run game. The Broncos had just 38 yards on 15 carries. Willis McGahee did score on a one-yard run, but they need the run game to improve and be in the top 10 for Manning not to have the pressure of having to do it all. 

Just as Wilson continues to shine as a rookie for the Seahawks, Denver's second-round draft selection Derek Wolfe continues to look good.

He had four total tackles, two solo, and he never quits. That's the point on Wolfe, his motor is everlasting.