By the Numbers: Broncos’ Week 3 loss to the Seahawks
499: Passing touchdowns in Manning’s career after his 26-yard TD to tight end Jacob Tamme with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his 100th passing TD as a Bronco, making him the fastest player in league history to tally 100 TDs with a team (35th career game. Dan Marino is second, with 44 games)
Despite the loss, it's cool to see Manning in the record books again as a Bronco.
You’ll be tempted to look at the final score today and feel some sort of moral victory.
You’ll hear all the pundits next week. It will go something like this. The Broncos had to show they could hang with Seattle, they’ll say. And they did.
The Broncos never quit, they’ll say. They can build on this.
As Marcellus Wallace might say, that’s just pride f#$king with you.
Is there such a thing as a moral victory in a losing effort for a Super Bowl favorite?
Honestly, we're not sure.
After second-half collapses had left Denver holding on for one-score wins in their first two games, the Broncos outscored the Seahawks 17-3 in the third and fourth quarters on Sunday.
Inactives: Broncos - Danny Trevathan, Tony Carter, Cody Latimer, Lerentee McCray, Mitch Unrein, Ben Garland, Michael Schofield
Seahawks - LB Bruce Irvin, T Garry Gilliam, T Andrew McDonald, RB Christine Michael, DE Greg Scruggs, WR Kevin Norwood, CB Tharold Simon.
Owner Pat Bowlen has indicated a strong desire to keep specifics of his estate planning private, and the Denver Broncos intend to honor his wishes.
Enjoy the games, and Go Raiders (at New England) and Chargers (at Buffalo)!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Over at the DP, David Migoya has written an extensive article on the succession plan for the Broncos. Per Migoya:
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! The team can only be thrilled to have Wes Welker back on the field tomorrow.
This is especially true in light of Denver's second-half offensive struggles through two weeks.
But several observers will be holding their collective breath, focusing more on Welker's health.
Greg Cosell's Look Ahead: What Denver can do in Seattle rematch
People want to know if that’s a blueprint for how to beat Seattle. That doesn’t exist. Not unless you bring Philip Rivers playing as good of a game as a quarterback can play, which he did last week, and you also bring along Gates and Woodhead. If you don’t, those “blueprint” arguments are pointless. The Broncos don’t have anyone on their roster like Woodhead. They have a really good tight end in Julius Thomas, but he’s a different player than Gates. Gates is a bigger man with more physicality than Thomas. Thomas is more of a thoroughbred.
While we don't like what Cosell is saying, it's better than being told the opposite, just because Antonio Gates is an athletic tight end, and Julius Thomas is an athletic tight end.
How I Let Go Of My NFL Career
They all ask me about drugs. I give it to them straight. There’s one drug that’s more dangerous than all the rest. It’s called football. But there is glory in that drug. There is virtue. There is honor in throwing yourself on those train tracks. A lot of people make a lot of money from that sacrifice. In fact every motherfucker in this cavernous hangar-sized hotel ballroom makes money off of that sacrifice. They depend on it. They need it. And they will manipulate every argument to ensure that the virtues of football remain unsullied, so that their jobs and their names stay unsullied too.
Another must read from Jackson, this time an epilogue to his book, Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile.
It's probably the least important of his points, but we still find it funny that Matt Mauck is now Nate's dentist.