Denver Broncos fans can rejoice again as the Broncos impressed many on Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The Denver Broncos' third preseason outing was a successful one against the Seattle Seahawks. There was some promising play from Denver on the field, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Denver's first team defense was swarming into the backfield the entire first half.
Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil did exactly what we thought they would—ruin Tarvaris Jackson's night. The rookie and second overall draft pick Von Miller finished the night with two and a half sacks.
Over the course of the first half, Seattle managed only 13 rushing yards, 26 passing yards, and two first downs.
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and his first team offense stayed in the game into the fourth quarter, and failed to reach the end zone until then. By this point, the Denver Broncos had already replaced every starter with a second or third team player. This would be the first touchdown scored by Seattle in all of the 2011 NFL Preseason.
Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos' first team offense fared much better than their Seattle counterparts. After a shaky first quarter start, which featured a questionable throw from Kyle Orton that resulted in an interception, Orton and company displayed some serious efficiency.
Two trips into the end zone, some beautiful big gain plays, and support from the running game put Denver up 17-3 midway through the third quarter.
Orton finished his outing with 16 completions on 23 attempts, while racking up 236 yards and one touchdown through the air. Aside from his interception in the first quarter, and a huge loss on a sack, Kyle had an almost perfect night.
Other notable stars for Denver included rookie tight end Julius Thomas, who caught four passes for 70 yards, and the running back tandem of Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee, who combined for 72 yards on the ground.
Brandon Lloyd and Eric Decker continued to impress, and Eddie Royal is finally showing off the talent he brought to the team during his rookie year.
After the starters left, it was time again for Tim Tebow to further hone his skills.
Tebow displayed some improvement as far as accuracy early in his appearance on Saturday night. Several times Tebow completed impressive passes while on the run. His accuracy has been hurting and widely criticized during this year's preseason, but this game showed us that he's certainly making strides in the right direction.
Tebow did manage to fumble the ball twice during the game, fortunately for him they were both recovered by Denver. No harm, no foul? He will get credit for leading the team down the field for the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter.
Overall, the Denver Broncos looked crisp, efficient, and almost polished—turnovers always hurt. They'll certainly need to correct some mistakes that lead to a lot of early penalties.
Another exciting note: Seattle showed us that there is hope to see some kick-off returns this year at Mile High. The very first kick-off that didn't turn into a touchback in Denver resulted in Seattle's return-man running 105 yards for a score. It looks like there may still be a chance for some fun on special teams after this year's rule change moved the ball five yards further down the field for kick-offs.