PRESEASON GAME #1
7 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle
TV: Ch. 13 | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: Seahawks.com/NFL Game Pass
12:55 | Seahawks 22, Broncos 6 All aboard the Paxton Lynch hype train? OK maybe not, but he just barreled into the end zone for the Seahawks’ second touchdown. Lynch tonight since relieving Geno Smith: 9-11, 103 yards, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD, 4 carries, 38 yards. This former Bronco is out for revenge.
1:49 | Seahawks 15, Broncos 6 It’s just the preseason, but Pete Carroll is pumped up. His defense just recorded a safety, DeShawn Shead getting to the quarterback on a safety blitz. That comes a drive after the first touchdown of the night, Paxton Lynch to Jazz Ferguson.
7:40 | Broncos 6, Seahawks 6 Running back Bo Scarbrough has exited the game with a hand injury and is questionable to return, the Seahawks announce. Remember, the Seahawks are without Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise, Travis Homer and J.D. McKissic tonight.
9:55 | Broncos 6, Seahawks 6 Still nobody has been able to get into the end zone. Jason Myers comes on and nails a 44-yarder. He’s 2 for 3 on the night (a 56-yard attempt being the miss).
12:24 | Broncos 6, Seahawks 3 Undrafted free agent Jazz Ferguson checks in with his first reception, a 25-yard connection from Paxton Lynch, who’s taken over for Geno Smith at QB. It’s turned into a 40-yard gain with an unnecessary roughness penalty tacked on. Ferguson, who stands 6-foot-5, is a former top-100 recruit. But he fell a long way on his journey here. Adam Jude told his story earlier this week.
Broncos 6, Seahawks 3
Yes, everyone came to see DK Metcalf, and the rookie receiver *almost* made a spectacular catch near the goal line late in the second quarter (the Geno Smith throw was just overthrown and fell incomplete off Metcalf’s fingertips). What’s clear, through two quarters of their first preseason game, is the Seahawks plan to feature Metcalf in their offense this season. What’s also becoming clear is that two other rookie could be key figures on the Seahawks defense this season. Former Utah teammates Cody Barton and Marquise Blair were two of the more active players on defense in the first half, with Barton in on five tackles and Blair four (including one for loss). Pete Carroll said this week that he was eager to see Blair, in particular, in his first preseason game. Blair had been slowed by injury early in camp, but looks like he could be a real factor in the competition at safety going forward. — Adam Jude
0:40 | Broncos 6, Seahawks 3 Are you not entertained? Jason Myers comes on again, but this time from 55 yards. He sails it just inside the upright to put Seattle on the board heading into halftime.
3:08 | Broncos 6, Seahawks 0 Offensive lineman George Fant left the game midway through the second quarter with an injury to his right leg. He walked off on his own power and then was examined in the blue medical tent on the sidelines. After a few minute he then walked into the locker room without his right shoe on.
Fant was later announced as doubtful to return with an ankle injury.
Seventh-round pick John Ursua also reeled in his first catch, a 23-yard strike from Geno Smith. — Bob Condotta
6:50 | Broncos 6, Seahawks 0 Twice Seattle has allowed the Broncos to drive into the red zone but each time they have walked away with three points.
In other news:
13:05 | Broncos 3, Seahawks 0 Well, it took until the first series of the second quarter for the Seahawks to rotate in their second-unit defense.
Sidenote: See that commercial featuring Rosalie Fish, of the Cowlitz Tribe, who won the state track championship? Here’s a look at her story and why she ran for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, from a couple months ago.
4:39 | Broncos 3, Seahawks 0 That illegal block stalled the Seahawks’ drive and they called on Jason Myers to attempt a kick from 56 yards. It sailed wide right.
6:11 | Broncos 3, Seahawks 0 Welcome to Seattle, DK Metcalf. The “Hall of Fame” talent (Russell Wilson’s words) had his first reception, an 8-yard gain, on a pass from Geno Smith on the Seahawks’ first drive. Metcalf, the much-hype 6-foot-4 rookie out of Ole Miss, was also targeted on the next play, on a wide-receiver screen, but his first-down catch was negated on a block-in-the-back penalty against David Moore. — Adam Jude
8:17 | Broncos 3, Seahawks 0 On their first drive together on a football field in 2019, the Seahawks bent early but ultimately burrowed down and forced Denver into a 25-yard field goal. Royce Freeman broke off a 50-yard run to put the Broncos in position, but Joe Flacco overthrew Courtland Sutton, who was nicely defended by Tre Flowers, and they had to settle for three.
Russell Wilson and a host of other Seahawks started put on their full uniforms and went through warmups prior to Thursday’s preseason opener against Denver.
And then, as expected, the Seahawks unveiled lineups featuring largely backups.
Wilson remained in uniform and led the team out of the tunnel but did not play.
The starting offense contained just two players who currently project as starters in the team’s base offense — right tackle Germain Ifedi and center Justin Britt.
The rest of the offense consisted of quarterback Geno Smith, running back Rashaad Penny, receivers David Moore and DK Metcalf, tight end Nick Vannett, guards Marcus Martin and Ethan Pocic and left tackle Jamarco Jones.
Among the offensive starters joining Wilson on the sidelines were tight end Will Dissly, running back Chris Carson, receivers Tyler Lockett and Jaron Brown, left tackle Duane Brown and guards D.J. Fluker and Mike Iupati.
Seattle’s starting defense, meanwhile, consisted of just four players who might be starters when the regular season begins — strongside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, cornerbacks Tre Flowers and Shaquill Griffin and safety Tedric Thompson.
Other defensive starters were ends Cassius Marsh and Jacob Martin (the team hopes Ziggy Ansah returns to fill the rush end spot when the season begins and the other end spot is up for grabs), tackles Earl Mitchell and Quinton Jefferson (the regular starters would be Poona Ford and Jarran Reed), linebackers Austin Calitro and Cody Barton (usually Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright) and safety Shalom Luani (Bradley McDougald). —Bob Condotta
6:58 p.m. The defensive starters are out: Quinten Jefferson, Cassius Marsh, Earl Mitchell and Jacob Martin on the defensive line. Cody Barton, Austin Calitro and Mychal Kendricks in the linebacking corps. And Tre Flowers, Shalom Luani, Tedric Thompson and Shaquem Griffin in the secondary.
6:50 p.m. As Bob Condotta noted on Twitter, the Broncos defense brings a little UW flavor to it, though it may be more of a bitter taste. Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell was the Huskies’ defensive coordinator on their winless 2008 team. Denver’s defensive quality control coach is Tyrone Willingham’s son, Nathaniel. Donatell’s son is also on the Seahawks’ staff, as their defensive quality control coach.
4:55 p.m. News not from CenturyLink Field but that may be of concern to Seahawks fans: former Seattle receiver Jermaine Kearse appears to have sustained a fairly serious leg injury during his first preseason game for the Detroit Lions. Kearse was carted off the field with an air cast on his leg, according to reports.