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Live Report from Seattle — Broncos at Seahawks

Published: August 17, 2013, 6:17 pm, by Paul Klee

Final: Seattle 40, Denver 10.

Check back in a few, I’ll have some reaction from the Broncos locker room. Thanks. Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Seahawks 40, Broncos 10 — 8:23 left in fourth quarter — CenturyLink Field, Seattle

-Emailer asks when I’m giving up the Broncos-made-two-mistakes-on-running-backs-in-recent-drafts platform. Answer: soon as Hillman and Ball don’t look overmatched. Or Eddie Lacy stops looking like a future Pro Bowler.

-Time to follow @NateKreckman on Twitter.

-Hard to believe they threw a flag on Trindon Holliday there. Guys, it’s 11 o’clock in Denver.

-Brock Osweiler watch, third quarter edition: zero first downs, 0-for-3 on third down, 34 yards passing, minus-3 yards rushing.

-I miss Nirvana.

-Pete Carroll’s still going 100 mph on the sideline. Clearly, he ditched southern California for two reasons: the NCAA and Starbucks.

-Good news for Broncos Country: Louis Vasquez knee injury doesn’t appear serious, team says. And Mike Klis says.

-Adam Gase with his head down on the sideline. Keep it up, sir, even if we’re the same age. Bright future with that one.

-So, how about that retractable roof at Safeco?

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Seahawks 40, Broncos 7 — End of third quarter — CenturyLink Field, Seattle

-King5, a local news station, had a report last night that 30 towns in Washington will be underwater by 2100.

-The Broncos defense already looks waterlogged.

-Julius Thomas, fantasy darkhorse: four catches, 70 yards. And one fumble. But the fact Manning went right back to him is a good sign for the young tight end.

-Is John Abraham still on the market?

-Always a pleasure to sit next to Mike Klis, the superb beat writer (and Gazette alum) with the Denver Post. Heading into the fourth quarter, Mike is calling for Brady Quinn.

-Ever if time of possession is important? This should explain it: The Broncos had the ball for 26:05. The Seahawks are up 33 points and had the ball for 18:55.

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Seahawks 39, Broncos 7 — 2:45 left in third quarter — CenturyLink Field, Seattle

-Review of the “12th Man:” It’s preseason. I’m sure it’s louder when the games count. But tonight… meh.

-Seattle is hosting Day 2 of HempFest, however, so maybe that chilled ‘em out.

-Solid turnout for a preseason game, though: 67,635.

-I like Roger Turbin. He’s a player.

-I love Russell Wilson. You knew that already.

-I don’t love this Broncos defense right now. It could start the season without Von Miller, will start the season without Elvis Dumervil and who knows about Derek Wolfe. And Wilson parted this defense like the Red Sea.

-Seattle fans would tell you he walks on water, anyway.

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Seahawks 33, Broncos 7 — 4:41 left in third quarter — CenturyLink Field, Seattle

-We’re back. Tough deadline tonight with a west-coast kick. My apologies for the delay on the Live Report; Sunday’s column has been delivered to the good people at The Gazette office, so we’re here for the remainder of this preseason game.

-The score is ugly, but the Broncos offense isn’t to blame. Peyton Manning was on pace for a monster fantasy night. Through one-plus quarters, he was 11-for-16 for 163 yards and a QB rating of 122.7.

-Another shaky night for the running backs. The worst play is one that won’t show up in the box score. Montee Ball whiffed on a block that led to Manning getting buried into the turf. Manning didn’t like the hit and told the referee as much.

-To recap, Seattle drafted Robert Turbin (5-10, 222 pounds) in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He looks good, very good. Denver drafted Ronnie Hillman (5-10, 195) in the third round of the 2012 draft. He looks like a work in progress, and small.

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Seahawks 7, Broncos 0 — 6:00 left in first quarter — CenturyLink Field, Seattle

-Derek Wolfe carried off the field on a stretcher. Not good at all. Tough guy. Very well-liked by teammates. Broncos are saying he is being evaluated for a cervical spine injury and has movement in all of his extremities.

-Two plays later, there was a fight at the line of scrimmage. Looked like a questionable block/hit by the Seahawks, and I don’t believe the Broncos appreciated it.

-Russell Wilson has this city in the palm of his hand. All things equal, bigger than Kaepernick in San Francisco, me thinks.

-Julius Thomas fumbled, stunting another Broncos drive.

-I would get Manning off the field, in a Patagonia fleece, with a nice cup of $5 Starbucks. No reason to put him back out there.

-Russell Wilson is a darkhorse MVP. He’s all that, then some.

-To summarize, the Broncos have suffered a turnover, a three-and-out and lost a key defensive player to a spine injury. Other than that, Seattle’s just splendid!

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — CenturyLink Field, Seattle — Kickoff (8 p.m. Colorado time)

-Just about set to go. The teams have been replaced by fans on the field. Quite a fan-friendly environment here at CenturyLink Field.

-Interesting to hear Pete Carroll’s Seahawks are not as open with media, considering the open-ness of his practices at USC.

-One of my favorite comments out of training camp came from C.J. Anderson, when I asked him about watching film with Peyton Manning.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. When he does is he reads the body language of certain players on the defense,” Anderson said. “When I look at it, I’m thinking, ‘I don’t think that guy’s coming.’ But because of the way that guy’s standing, Peyton will tell you, ‘He’s about to blitz.’”

“Which is prrrrretty amazing. You want to ask him how he does that. How is he reading somebody’s body language? I mean, that’s not normal.”

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — CenturyLink Field, Seattle — 30 minutes until kickoff (8 p.m. Colorado time)

-Here’s that column on C.J. Anderson that was published in The Gazette today: Making an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent is an uphill climb.

-The Broncos are stretching (above). Apologies for the dark photo.

-How much will Von Miller play tonight? John Fox said Miller will be on the field for as long as the rest of the first-team defense.

-To simulate a rowdier crowd, the Broncos practiced with loud noise piped into Dove Valley on Thursday. How does noise affect this offense?

“Probably depends on how close the game is at the end and where you’re playing,” tight end Julius Thomas said.

-Super Bowl preview? Not buying it. Let’s see Russell Wilson’s mobile act get through another season in one piece.

-And as my Seattle/Spokane brethren would confirm, there’s no bigger Russell Wilson than this guy.

-I expect the Broncos offense will show well tonight. Peyton Manning was Week 8 Peyton Manning last week at Dove Valley.

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — CenturyLink Field, Seattle — 45 minutes until kickoff (8 p.m. Colorado time) 

 -Crowd filing in much quicker than San Francisco’s preseason crowd last week at Candlestick. The 12th Man arrives fashionably early.

-Peyton Manning, with Brock Osweiler close behind, ran onto the field at 6:04 local. Like clockwork.

-Russell Wilson, with Tarvaris Jackson close behind, is warming up at midfield. Roughly 10,000 of Wilson’s No. 3 jerseys are in their seats. A top-seller, that one.

-Slight breeze out of the south. Nothing to affect the passing game.

-Klee chased the elusive salmon this morning (above left). He’s still out there. Probably for the best, since I brought only a 5-weight.

-No sign of Knowshon Moreno yet. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Don’t expect he will play.

-Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Jacob Hester and Lance Ball are on the field, however.

-Due to the late start of tonight’s game, this Live Report will be limited in the second half. Will have more coverage from the game in Sunday’s Gazette.

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Hawks          Elway

Broncos Gameday Live Report — CenturyLink Field, Seattle — 2 hours until kickoff (8 p.m. Colorado time)

Evening everyone. Paul Klee joining you from Seattle for preseason game No. 2. I’ll be here through the final buzzer with updates and observations to (hopefully) complement your viewing experience. We’ll do this Live Report throughout the Broncos season, home and away. Let’s get started…

-It’s a sunroof Saturday here in Seattle. Rain? Psssh. No clouds on Friday, just a few this morning. The rental car said 79 degrees in downtown Seattle. This weather wouldn’t help Sonic Youth’s angst, but it makes for happy football fans.

-The Seahawks are on the field. So is Britton Colquitt. No sign of No. 18, who usually emerges about 55-58 minutes before kickoff. Like clockwork.

-Broncos running back Lance Ball, who stands a fine chance of making the roster after C.J. Anderson’s injury, is jogging at midfield.

-Seattle’s ballpark (Safeco Field) and football stadium (CenturyLink Field, above left) are right across the street from each other. The downtown area, packed with bars, is buzzing on gameday. Lots of “12th Man” paraphanelia.

-And, given the new laws, which resembled Colorado’s new laws, other types of paraphanelia. If you feel me.

-A local TV report suggested 30 towns in Washington would be underwater in the next century. Found that interesting. And doubtful.

-Klee will be on Denver’s 104.3 The Fan at 6:30 p.m. to talk Broncos. And why the elusive salmon of Puget Sound escaped my fly rod this morning.

-Email with any questions or comments (paul.klee@gazette.com) and I’ll get them posted on here.

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Twitter: @Klee_Gazette