UP: Running back Phillip Lindsay. The hometown hero ran 29 yards for a touchdown after his first NFL catch to become the only undrafted rookie in Broncos’ history to record a receiving touchdown in a season opener. Lindsay’s final stat line: 15 carries for 71 yards and two receptions for 31 yards (one TD).
DOWN: Broncos’ tackling. Seattle tight end Will Dissly rumbled 66 yards on a first-quarter reception that included ugly missed stops by linebacker Brandon Marshall, safety Darian Stewart and safety Justin Simmons. It was one of several notable tackling busts by the Broncos.
UP: The Miller/Chubb pass rush. Chubb earned a half-sack on the first pass rush of his Broncos’ career and finished the game with three tackles. Miller picked up his Pro Bowl play from where he left off last season with three sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was a one-man wrecking crew.
DOWN: The opening series for Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos’ veteran wide receiver finished the day with a respectable six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. But his first drive proved disastrous: drop, holding penalty, drop.
UP: Kicker Brandon McManus. The Broncos’ fifth-year place kicker connected from 53 and 51 yards out to give himself 13 career conversions of 50-plus.
DOWN: Broncos penalties. Seven for 60 yards. Yuck.
UP: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ TD celebration. Never mind that Sanders totaled a game-high 10 receptions for 135 yards against Seattle. His real highlight was a nifty full front-flip into the end zone after a 43-yard catch-and-run. Impressive.
DOWN: Case Keenum‘s accuracy. After tossing only seven interceptions all of last season, the Broncos’ new starting quarterback threw three against Seattle. Those picks allowed Seattle to stay in the game.