Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 8/19/12

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) following an NFL football preseason game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Denver. Seattle beat Denver 30-10. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The best quarterback of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks‘ Week Two preseason game wasn’t Peyton Manning.

It was Seattle rookie Russell Wilson.

Wilson continued to claim his stake on the Seahawks’ starting quarterback position, outplaying Matt Flynn (and Manning, and Broncos rookie Brock Osweiler) while routing Broncos backups in the second half to turn a 9-10 halftime deficit to a 30-10 Seahawks victory. Wilson finished 10 of 17 for 155 yards and two touchdowns while playing the entire second half in his second NFL preseason game.

By comparison, Manning also played an entire half (the first half), completing 16 of 23 passes for 177 yards. His home preseason debut was tarnished by several dropped passes, but even more tarnished by two interceptions thrown. The first, a deflection at the line of scrimmage by Seahawks DE Red Bryant, ended the Broncos’ opening drive deep into Seahawks territory. The second interception was the worst ball Manning has ever thrown in a Broncos uniform — an overthrown duck intended for Joel Dreessen, raising questions about his arm strength and ability

Manning did his best to silence those questions with an impressive two minute drill to end the first half, but it was still an up-and-down performance that merits further close observation.

The Broncos only played one other quarterback — rookie Brock Osweiler for the entire second half — and he struggled, especially when compared to the impressive Wilson. Osweiler and the second team offense did not convert a first down until the fourth quarter; they did not score against Seahawks backups, and Osweiler went 5 for 11 for 38 yards.

Head Coach John Fox could only relent in a postgame interview, several times, that the Broncos “have a lot of work to do” after their depth was exposed in the second half.

We’ll have much more on this game ahead, but in the meantime — what were your thoughts on the Broncos’ Week Two Preseason outing? Are you worried about Manning? The depth? Where do the Broncos go from here to improve before the season opener, less than a month away ?


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