The Denver Broncos opened the 2018 season with a victory at home against the Seattle Seahawks. How did they perform in all phases?
The Denver Broncos opened the 2018 season with a 27-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, and it was a heck of a game.
The Broncos got off to a slow start, punting the ball on their first drive and throwing an interception on their second, the latter resulting in Seattle’s first touchdown of the season.
Amidst a lot of overreaction from the fans on Twitter, the Broncos calmly put together a scoring drive promptly following Seattle’s. They took a 17-10 lead into the locker room at halftime, where Ty Walden briefed everyone on the offense’s impressive performance.
The second half got off to a similarly slow start for the Broncos’ offense, and the defense allowed a touchdown to none other than Brandon Marshall, the former Denver Broncos fourth-round pick and — in my opinion — one of the most underrated wide receivers in the history of the game.
He’s healthy, and he looks like he’s still got it.
The Broncos made it out of the third quarter with just a field goal, which came after an incredible leaping interception by Justin Simmons.
In the fourth quarter, the Broncos faced a deficit after Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett on a major defensive breakdown for 51 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos absolutely had to respond after that Seattle touchdown, as it felt like momentum was shifting. They marched right down the field and Case Keenum found Demaryius Thomas on a seemingly impossible play for a four-yard, go-ahead score.
After a phenomenal four-minute drill by Royce Freeman and the offensive line, the Broncos were able to bleed the clock down and run Seattle out of timeouts. They were unable to get anything done in their one-minute offense, and Denver finished the game off with an interception.
How did each phase look?
Let’s dive in.