Gut Reaction: Broncos vs Seahawks, Preseason Game 1

As much fun as it was to watch the Broncos beat the Seahawks, it was hard to make much of this preseason game.

Lighting came. It saw. It kicked everyone’s ass.

By the time the rain delay was over, the starters barely had time to take some plays off.

What do we do with this game, one that doesn’t matter to anyone other than bloggers, cheerleaders, and small-college roster hopefuls?

We mock, that's what.

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Final Score: Lightning 45, Refs 25, Broncos 21, Seahawks 16

Ahh, nothing like a four-hour game to kick off the preseason, amirite?!

The Broncos defeated the visiting Seahawks 21-16 (NFLN highlights) in a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning, and an indeterminate amount of time by 25 accepted penalties.

Of course, it also wouldn’t be preseason without a new undrafted running back darling. Former Dukie Juwan Thompson racked up 59 yards on six carries, showing as much speed, vision, and toughness as one can show in a matchup of second-team units.

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Missed the playoffs four years straight? Quick, wine and dine the head of officiating!

Is this the NFL ref czar on Cowboys' party bus? Irate NFL execs say yes
www.cbssports.com

Another veteran NFL official: “If I were another team owner, how could I not be irate? It gives the appearance of impropriety, and looks like a particularly cozy relationship between a team and the officiating department at a time when instant replay is being taken over more and more by the league office. You’re damn right I’d be irate.”

Some fun quotes here. Should be entertaining to see this story play out.

Live Blog: Preseason Game 1 - Broncos vs Seahawks

Ted liveblogs the game after the jump.

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As meaningful as a meaningless game can get?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yes, tonight's game is just the preseason, and even the regular season rematch will only mean so much.

But the Broncos still have an opportunity to let out some frustration tonight against Seattle, and any bit of closure will help.

Some players, like Omar Bolden and Kevin Vickerson, admit there is some meaning in the game.

As always, the primary goal is to emerge healthily.

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Health scare helped Wolfe find balance, perspective

Broncos' Derek Wolfe battles back from depression, scary injury
www.usatoday.com

“It was always, ‘How quick can I get back?’ That was really the issue,” Wolfe said. “And the crazy thing was, the quickest way to get back to football was for me to just forget about football and worry about my life, get my life together. In doing that, it made me love the game even more than I did before.”

It's great to see that Derek is in a better place, and has apparently grown from his tumultuous 2013.

U of M president to Vikings: Keep racist slurs out of our stadium

U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins’ name at school’s stadium on Vikings game day
www.washingtonpost.com

In his letter to McCollum, Kaler said the Redskins name is “offensive and should be replaced.” Kaler went on to say that the University of Minnesota is “working with the Vikings to make every effort to eliminate the use of Washington’s team name” on game day.

Here comes another lawsuit from Daniel Snyder in 3...2...

Mail: Scouting Denver’s offensive line

Tia writes:

Hello, IAOFM staff! First, I just wanted to say thank you for continuing to be the best source there is for Broncos news and analysis. Your recent article on TJ Ward and what he'll be able to do for us this season was particularly great (can't wait to see him in action!), and I was writing to ask if you may be willing to do a similar sort of preview for the O-Line, based on a mix of last year's performances and what you've seen/heard from TC so far?

That seems to be our weak spot at the moment based on early camp reports, though I'm sure they're slower to adjust due to having two guys learning new positions, but I would just love to hear your thoughts on whether or not there's anything to worry about there, and what this newly retooled group's strengths and weaknesses may be this year.

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Richard Quinn is back!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As per usual, the starters are expected to play 10-12 snaps in tomorrow's preseason opener.

Von Miller and Chris Harris will not play, while DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, and Kevin Vickerson are questionable.

Montee Ball is expected to be released from the hospital today, but may not play in any preseason games.

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Latimer: Put me in, Coach!

Broncos still on the hunt for returners
espn.go.com

Second-round draft pick Cody Latimer has also approached Rodgers about trying to return kickoffs…“I just feel like the more you can do, the better it is,” Latimer said. “I think I can do it with a little work.”

The idea of trotting out someone who hasn't returned kicks before is a bit discomfiting, but putting Wes Welker or Emmanuel Sanders (who may not play on Thursday) at risk is scarier.

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