The Denver Broncos defense began their matchup with the Seattle Seahawks by keeping Russell Wilson and company in check. After Montee Ball fumbled on the Broncos' first play from scrimmage (sound familiar?), the Seahawks got the ball deep in Broncos territory. The defense held on the goal line and forced the field goal.
The Broncos came back and following a 7 minute, 75-yard drive, they kicked a field goal to tie it up. Peyton Manning missed a big opportunity to connect with tight end, Julius Thomas, in the end zone.
The Broncos kept it close in the 1st half, but in the 2nd quarter, the Seahawks scored a touchdown on 2 consecutive drives, the last of which to close out the half. On the day, the Broncos defense has allowed 57 yards on the ground, and 149 through the air, with 2 touchdowns.
Manning and company have played very conservative football. They've tried to establish the run, but have only been able to eke out 15 net rushing yards. If they want to get back in this game, Manning will have to take some chances down the field. He needs to utilize Julius Thomas in the seem and underneath. Emmanuel Sanders has already been more than Seattle can handle. Manning needs to recognize that and get him the ball.
Demaryius Thomas has not looked himself thus far. He looks slow on the up take and unfocused. But we should keep in mind that he's battling a lingering foot injury. The good news is that the Broncos get the ball to start the second half. They'll have to capitalize on the possession. And the Broncos defense has got to reevaluate what their doing. Maybe playing off coverage isn't the best approach vs a guy like Wilson who can get the ball out so quickly.
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