Seattle Throws Game away in Denver, 31-14

It’s been four years since the Seahawks started 2-0 and the team will have to wait another year to try and match the mark as turnovers cost Seattle in a 31-14 loss at Denver.

Seattle (1-1) struggled to keep possession from the start.

After taking his team from his own 20 yard line down to the Denver 16, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw his first of three interceptions on the day.  Facing second-and-sixteen, Hasselbeck looked for wide receiver Deion Branch near the right sideline, but found Denver’s Champ Bailey at the four yard line instead.

Following the change of possession, the Seahawks’ defense held and forced a punt from Denver’s Britton Colquitt, but Seattle’s offense wouldn’t take the field.  Rookie Walter Thurmond III muffed the 58-yard boot and Cassius Vaughn recovered for the Broncos at the Seattle 13 yard line.

It would take the Broncos (1-1) just four plays to find the end zone.  Quarterback Kyle Orton connected over the middle with third-year veteran Eddie Royal for the 13-yard score.

Down 14-0 with 6:27 left in the first half, Hasselbeck was intercepted again.  On first-and-ten from the Denver 28, an intended pass for tight end John Carlson near the goal line found itself in the hands of Denver’s Brian Dawkins.

Again Denver marched deep into Seattle territory.  A 20-yard Matt Prater field goal seconds before halftime put the Broncos in cruise control with a 17-0 advantage.

Hasselbeck would finish the game with 233 passing yards and two touchdowns, one in the air and the other on the ground.

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