Denver Broncos allowed Seahawks to have defensive player of the week

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To add a little bit of insult to injury for the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks had a defensive player named NFC defensive player of the week by the NFL on Wednesday. Former Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher Uchenna Nwosu, the player on Seattle wearing no. 10 and wreaking havoc off the edge in the Monday Night matchup, received the award for the first time in his NFL career.

Against the Denver Broncos, Nwosu put together one of the best games of his NFL career, and due to the impact he made in such a highly visible game that the entire NFL was watching (over 19 million viewers, the most for a Monday night game in years), he was rewarded.

Uchenna Nwosu had his way against the Denver Broncos

  • 7 total tackles
  • 1 sack
  • 1 forced fumble
  • 1 tackles for loss
  • 2 quarterback hits
  • 3 quarterback pressures
  • 1 pass defended

Although Nwosu’s sack in this game came on a play where Russell Wilson gave himself up and ran out of bounds, Wilson was forced to run out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage because of the hustle Nwosu showed in pursuit. Even as a newcomer to this Seattle defense, Nwosu clearly bought into the idea of absolutely spoiling Wilson’s return to Lumen Field and his debut in Denver.

It was Nwosu who forced the fumble on Javonte Williams that helped preserve the Seahawks’ lead in the second half, in case you want to relive that sequence.

Watching the game back, it’s clear that it wasn’t just one player that had trouble containing Nwosu in this game. The crowd noise in Seattle caused the Broncos to have to go on silent snap counts and there was a ton of miscommunication when Russell Wilson would try to change the play at the line of scrimmage. On the play in which Nwosu forced the fumble on Javonte Williams, it looks like Graham Glasgow was thinking it was a pass play on 3rd-and-goal.

Nwosu took advantage of the Broncos’ silent snap count and taking the play clock down to one on what felt like the majority of plays. He showed outstanding burst, effort, athleticism, and instincts, as you might expect from a former second-round pick.

It was a disappointing run for Nwosu as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers, but he’s getting a great opportunity with the Seahawks this season. We’ll see if he can help the Broncos out after terrorizing them when the Seahawks take on the other AFC West teams.