Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 8/20/12

Denver Broncos' Jamie Blatnick (77) tackles Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) as Broncos' Nate Irving (56) looks on, in the second half of an NFL football preseason game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

When the Broncos win, we give out Game Balls… when they lose, we highlight the best and discuss the worst in Studs and Duds. Calling a player a “dud” isn’t meant as an insult… it just “is what it is.” A word that rhymes with stud…. Broncos 10, Seahawks 30 BT Staffers — who ya got?

Stud: First Team Defensive Line Seahawks QB Matt Flynn was pressured a lot and the tackles resorted to a lot of holds to prevent sacks. Some of them even got called. Dumervil, Miller and Wolfe are looking to be a great combination. I can’t remember ever seeing a Broncos D-Line that good. – E. Halsey Miles

Dud: The second team defensive line. As much as the first team d-line was good, the only good thing on the second team d-line was Ayers. We have a ways to go to get quality depth, there. – E. Halsey Miles

Stud: Brandon Stokley. He didn’t have an outlandish statistical evening (three catches for 41 yards) but he remains a clutch slot option and Peyton is obviously comfortable throwing his way. Some consider him to be on the roster bubble, but Denver’s coaching staff has thought highly enough of him to start him with the first team offense and he’s one of Manning’s favorite targets in the Two Minute Drill. For those reasons I can see him making the roster and having a solid season. – Jon Heath

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks, in the second half of an NFL football preseason game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Stud: Chris Harris. Harris stepped up very well and could only have looked better if he would have somehow gotten a better punch on that Terrell Owens near touchdown. Nate Irving again looked stellar, although that leg whip that he caught from rookie Jamie Blatnick had me holding my breath, but Irving walked off the field smiling. I also thought that Tony Carter looked great on several plays, even that pass interference could have gone either way. However that punt return made me suck my teeth. If I must nominate an offensive player, it would have to be Brandon Stokley sans concussion he is just Peyton Manning’s favorite target. Joel Dreessen also deserves a mention somewhere in here as does Jeremiah Johnson. – Ian Henson

Dud: Brock Osweiler. I’ve been calling for Adam Weber to replace him since I first caught the two in training camp. He could not have been much worse, unless he had thrown two interceptions in the red zone over the last two weeks (just kidding guys). I don’t know whom to call out on the defense, there are a lot of people to call out– possibly too many. I’ll throw an honorable mention to the second team defense as John Fox referred to them as, though they were more like the third team defense. – Ian Henson

Stud: Cyril Obiozor. This guy became one of “my guys” at camp, and among second team defenders, he may have had the best night. I didn’t ever see him get burned or significantly out of place (something I sadly can’t say for anyone else on the second team D), and he tied for third in the team with three solo tackles. On top of that, he was near and around several other tackles throughout the night. – Monty

Dud: Jacob Tamme Tamme emerged as one of Peyton Manning‘s favorite targets during training camp, and that will continue to be the case, but something in the back of Manning’s mind has to wonder if Saturday could happen again. Manning came in after a rough night (two interceptions) and executed a two-minute drill to perfection, but Tamme dropped two passes — one for a touchdwon — that ultimately served as a serious setback to the offense. – Monty

Dud: Terrell Owens. Not a Bronco, but T.O.’s Seahawks performance was so dud-worthy it couldn’t be ignored. Five pass targets, at least three drops, including a 46-yard would-be touchdown through his hands. My popcorn was ready, T.O. I’m still hungry. – Monty


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