Broncos Fumble to Hawks

Dilfer, Dilfer, Dilfer. Yes, Trent Dilfer quarterbacked the Seahawks (3-2) to their second consecutive victory Sunday over the Denver Broncos in a 34-21 shallacking at Husky Stadium, where fans once again witnessed second-year running back Shaun Alexander rush for two touchdowns, this time on 33 carries for 142 yards.

Dilfer played the same type of mistake-free football that helped guide the Ravens to last year's Super Bowl title, completing 12-of-18 passes for 110 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns.

The touchdowns weren't a problem for the Seahawks though. Alexander broke the longest touchdown run of his NFL career on the first Seattle series - a 60-yarder that put the Seahawks up 7-0. He later scored on a 1-yard run as well, giving him four touchdowns in two games, after replacing Ricky Watters, who injured his shoulder two weeks ago and is scheduled to miss another four to five weeks.

The test for Seattle on Sunday was its run defense. They answered big by holding Denver's potent running attack headed by Mike Anderson to 51 yards on 17 carries. Denver tried to put the ball into the air to make up for lack of running game and Brian Griese was picked off three times, which included a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown by strong safety Reggie Tongue. Shawn Springs, who started for the first time this season after pulling his hamstring against Indianapolis, had a pick as well.

Fifth-round draft choice, receiver Alex Bannister continued to impress, blocking a punt that he returned nine yards for a touchdown.

Matt Hasselbeck, was sidelined for the second straight week with a pulled left groin, but entered the game with 6:53 remaining to play and the Hawks up 34-14. Head coach Mike Holmgren has repeatedly stated that Hasselbeck will continue to be the starter once he fully recovers from his groin injury. Seattle faces a bye week and won't play again until Oct. 28, when the Miami Dolphins come to town.

Eddie Kennison and Rod Smith caught touchdown passes from Griese in the second quarter and Deltha O'Neal scored the final touchdown on an 86-yard punt return in the final minutes . Losses by San Diego and Denver move the Seahawks into a three-way tie for second place in the AFC West at 3-2. Kansas City fell to 1-4.

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