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.
It’s one thing to say you want to keep Peyton Manning off the field and control the clock.
It’s an entirely different thing to actually get it done.
Give the Chiefs credit. They barely gave the Broncos the ball in the second half, and they converted a ton of long third downs.
It got so bad, John Fox later joked his defense was operating as a “ball-control” defense.
San Diego (1-1) remained a game behind Denver in unlikely fashion, thumping the visiting Seahawks 30-21.
Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to Antonio Gates, and the Chargers dominated possession by holding the ball for 42:15.
For the second straight week, the Broncos (2-0) jumped out to a big lead and held on for a narrow seven-point victory.
Peyton Manning was 21/26 for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
Kansas City (0-2) finished with more first downs (28-19) and total yards (380-325), and dominated the time of possession (36:14-23:46).
If you only watched the first half of tonight’s game, you would have assumed the rest of the season was a waste of time.
Hand the Broncos the AFC.
If you’d only watched the second half, well, you would have assumed the same thing. The only difference?
You’d hand the Broncos a top-ten draft pick.
And that was pretty much the game. It remains to be seen just how great this Broncos team is, despite the lofty predictions and expectations.
Crazy, stupid season.
What’s a Broncos season opener without multiple touchdown catches by Julius Thomas? Couldn’t tell you, actually.
Thomas, who scored twice in the 2013 season opener against Baltimore, caught seven passes for 104 yards and three scores.
Rahim Moore nabbed two interceptions, and Montee Ball added 83 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
Inactives: Broncos - LB Danny Trevathan, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Kayvon Webster, G Ben Garland, WR Nathan Palmer, T Michael Schofield, DT Mitch Unrein
Colts - WR Da'Rick Rogers, RB Zurlon Tipton, S Sergio Brown, LB Henoc Muamba, G Joe Rietz, DT Montori Hughes
They were never likely to challenge Denver for the AFCW title, but there's still something comforting about seeing the Chiefs and Raiders open in losing fashion.
Knowshon Moreno lit up New England in his Dolphins debut, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
Miami took down the visiting Patriots 33-20 by shutting them out 23-0 in the second half.