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Orton sharp early, Hasselbeck better

Aug 23, 2009 - 6:50 AM By GREGG BELL AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE(AP) -- Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck likened finally getting hit again following back problems to having flashbacks of a car accident.

All of Colorado is relieved Kyle Orton's second game as the Broncos' starting quarterback wasn't another train wreck.

Orton had a mostly reassuring answer to his dismal Denver debut, saying he feels his play is its best ever after he completed 16 of his first 19 throws with a touchdown before a relapse into another mistake.

Hasselbeck was even better, hitting on 16 of 23 throws with two touchdowns in his two quarters. He also withstood the first three sacks on his recuperating back in nine months during the Seattle Seahawks' 27-13 win over Denver on Saturday night.

"It's just like I remembered- no fun. ... I forgot how hard people hit in here," said a lighthearted Hasselbeck said, who missed nine games with a bad back in 2008. "It's just like a car accident. It's part of the game ... and it was probably good that it happened."

Hasselbeck, who was untouched in a short night at San Diego last week, plopped a 34-yard touchdown pass into the arms of rookie Deon Butler on the opening possession. He closed with a sharp two-minute drive that ended with a 2-yard scoring throw on a perfectly timed fade route with new wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh just before halftime.

One could almost hear the entire Rocky Mountain region exhale after Orton came out slinging from shotgun formation - and this time completed passes to those wearing the same uniforms. Last week at San Francisco, the former Bears starter had interceptions end each of his first three drives.

"I think he acquitted himself fairly well," Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said.

Orton's touchdown was a perfectly placed, 3-yard fade pass to Brandon Stokley. Stokley beat Josh Wilson, who is starting at cornerback because Seattle's Marcus Trufant has a disk issue in his back and has yet to practice in training camp.

Orton raised both hands triumphantly and pumped his fist. McDaniels was the second one to greet Orton coming off the field with a high five.

On the play before the touchdown, Seattle's Ken Lucas should have intercepted Orton's throw into the end zone but merely deflected it.

Seven of his first 16 completions were on safe, swing passes and wide-receiver screens. Orton threw deep only once all night, a throwaway just before Patrick Kerney hit him on the first drive.

"I've got an awful lot of confidence right now, I really do," he said, knowing his next game is a reunion with Chicago and Jay Cutler, the quarterback Denver traded to get him. "This is the best offense I've ever played with. This is the best talent around me that I've ever had. I just feel that my game right now is as good as it has ever been."

The Broncos left disgruntled wide receiver Brandon Marshall home. He's mad that the team hasn't re-negotiated his contract, and at how the team handled his acquittal on battery charges last week.

"Everybody who was ready and able to play in this game was here. And everybody we deemed not ready and able stayed back home," McDaniels said.

The coach added he "absolutely" expected Marshall to participate when the Broncos return to practice Tuesday.

Orton's gaffe came after he had led Denver 86 yards to the Seattle 1 late in the half. Two plays after Jabar Gaffney took his eyes off the ball to focus on getting his feet down inside the back line of the end zone and let a touchdown go through his hands, Orton scrambled on fourth down. He then oddly flipped the ball with his off, left hand into a gaggle of defenders at the goal line. Lucas intercepted it. And Orton got a talking to at the sideline from McDaniels, who called the decision "questionable."

Orton finished 18 for 26 for 182 yards, one touchdown and the interception.

"He played, you know, fairly well. There's still obviously room for improvement," McDaniels said. "But he did what we feel he is capable of doing."

Hasselbeck's most important accomplishment was surviving his first clean hits since last Thanksgiving Day, when he was pounded into a premature end of his season in Dallas. The three-time Pro Bowl passer simply bent at the waist and absorbed a sack from blitzing D.J. Williams in the first quarter.

Later, Denver's Kenny Peterson ran around left tackle Sean Locklear, who was starting with nine-time Pro Bowler Walter Jones is out indefinitely following arthroscopic knee surgery. He bear hugged Hasselbeck from behind for a softer sack.

Hasselbeck third dumping came when Elvis Dumervil drove Locklear into the quarterback.

"I guess if there's a silver lining to taking a sack, it's the fact he bounced right back up," new Seahawks coach Jim Mora understated.






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    Broncos 13, Seahawks 27  FinalAug 23 4:42 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 10 0 0 3 13
    SEATTLE 7 7 13 0 27 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SEA - TD, DEON BUTLER 34 YD PASS FROM MATT
    HASSELBECK (OLINDO MARE KICK), 3:14. Drive: 8
    plays, 70 yards in 3:14. SEATTLE 7-0
    DEN - TD, BRANDON STOKLEY 3 YD PASS FROM KYLE
    ORTON (MATT PRATER K

    Aug 23 1:31 AM


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    FG DEN
    B COLQUITT 39 YD
    DENVER 13
    SEATTLE 27 10:29 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Broncos 13, Seahawks 27  4th - 10:29Aug 23 12:57 AM


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    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 27 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    DEN BALL ON SEA 50 YD LINE
    2ND AND 3

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 27  4th - 15:00Aug 23 12:52 AM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 10 0 0 10
    SEATTLE 7 7 13 27 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SEA - TD, DEON BUTLER 34 YD PASS FROM MATT
    HASSELBECK (OLINDO MARE KICK), 3:14. Drive: 8
    plays, 70 yards in 3:14. SEATTLE 7-0
    DEN - TD, BRANDON STOKLEY 3 YD PASS FROM KYLE
    ORTON (MATT P

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 14  End of 3rdAug 23 12:52 AM


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    FG SEA
    BRANDON COUTU 52 YD
    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 27 1:52 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 27  3rd - 1:52Aug 23 12:44 AM


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    TD SEA
    JOE NEWTON 1 YD PASS FROM SENECA WALLACE
    (BRANDON COUTU KICK)
    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 24 9:01 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 24  3rd - 9:01Aug 23 12:28 AM


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    FG SEA
    BRANDON COUTU 22 YD
    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 17 12:44 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 17  3rd - 12:44Aug 23 12:13 AM


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    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 14 14:52 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    DEN BALL ON DEN 21 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 14  3rd - 14:52Aug 23 12:10 AM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 10 0 10
    SEATTLE 7 7 14 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SEA - TD, DEON BUTLER 34 YD PASS FROM MATT
    HASSELBECK (OLINDO MARE KICK), 3:14. Drive: 8
    plays, 70 yards in 3:14. SEATTLE 7-0
    DEN - TD, BRANDON STOKLEY 3 YD PASS FROM KYLE
    ORTON (MATT PRATE

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 7  HalfAug 23 12:10 AM


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    TD SEA
    T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH 2 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK
    (OLINDO MARE KICK)
    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 14 0:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 14  2nd - 0:09Aug 22 11:53 PM


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    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 7 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    SEA BALL ON SEA 32 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 7  2nd - 15:00Aug 22 11:15 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DENVER 10 10
    SEATTLE 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SEA - TD, DEON BUTLER 34 YD PASS FROM MATT
    HASSELBECK (OLINDO MARE KICK), 3:14. Drive: 8
    plays, 70 yards in 3:14. SEATTLE 7-0
    DEN - TD, BRANDON STOKLEY 3 YD PASS FROM KYLE
    ORTON (MATT P

    Broncos 0, Seahawks 0  End of 1stAug 22 11:15 PM


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    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 53 YD
    DENVER 10
    SEATTLE 7 1:32 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Broncos 10, Seahawks 7  1st - 1:32Aug 22 11:05 PM


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    TD DEN
    BRANDON STOKLEY 3 YD PASS FROM KYLE ORTON
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    DENVER 7
    SEATTLE 7 5:55 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Broncos 7, Seahawks 7  1st - 5:55Aug 22 10:53 PM


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    TD SEA
    DEON BUTLER 34 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK
    (OLINDO MARE KICK)
    DENVER 0
    SEATTLE 7 11:46 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Broncos 0, Seahawks 7  1st - 11:46Aug 22 10:41 PM