By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) – Teddy Bridgewater tries not to get caught up or focus on being in the middle of the Denver Broncos quarterback competition.
Bridgewater has made a pretty solid case with his game for two weeks of the preseason that he should be the one under center in Week 1.
“I just want to get into the end zone because at the end of the day, if we get to the end zone, that means we finish the practices and we get the points, and everything else will be sorted out. alone.” said Bridgewater. “I can’t get carried away by, ‘Dude, you know this decision has to be made. It’s football for me.
Bridgewater made another statement in his case to be Denver’s starting quarterback, leading a pair of touchdowns in the Broncos’ 30-3 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.
Given the competition’s first billing with Drew Lock and playing with most of Denver’s starting offense, Bridgewater displayed poise and command on a night when the Broncos dominated against a mostly backup crew of Seattle.
And a decision on who will be the starter for the New York Giants’ season opener may be coming soon.
“Drew and Teddy both did well, as you’ve seen, and they made a tough decision,” said Denver coach Vic Fangio. “So we are going to think about it in depth. We’ve been discussing this with the coaches, with (GM) George (Paton) from the start and we will continue to do so.
Bridgewater was 9 of 11 for 105 yards and one touchdown in his two drives leading the Broncos’ offense. He found Jerry Jeudy for 35 yards in fourth on Denver’s first possession, moving away from a blitz and allowing the second-year wide receiver to part ways with Ahkello Witherspoon in cover. Bridgewater capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to KJ Hamler.
Denver’s second possession was highlighted by Bridgewater’s 21-yard pass to Eric Saubert at Seattle 1 that was placed just above Seahawks starting linebacker Jordyn Brooks in defense.
That practice ended when left guard Dalton Risner got credit for a touchdown after Royce Freeman dodged a 1 and Risner carried the free ball into the end zone.
“To see a guy like Dalton take the ball from the running back, score a touchdown, he celebrates, the energy is infectious,” Bridgewater said.
Lock started last week against Minnesota and threw a pair of touchdowns, but struggled to play with the Denver reserves. The lock was 9 of 14 for 80 yards. His biggest moment was a backhand pass to Seth Williams who traveled 34 yards and led to a field goal.
“Teddy did a great job and it was just about going out and getting the most out of every game I played,” Lock said.
While the vast majority of Broncos starters have seen at least some playing time, the Seahawks have continued to keep most of their stars as spectators. Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, Chris Carson, Bobby Wagner, Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams all went through pre-game warm-ups before putting on their helmets and watching.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll has indicated that more of his regulars will get playing time in the preseason finals next week.
“We’ll be coming back to a lot of other guys who haven’t played in the first two games to get them ready for the first game of the regular season. This has been the plan from the start, ”Carroll said.
Seattle had two offensive starters – center Kyle Fuller and left guard Damien Lewis – got a handful of first-half shots. Seattle had about a half-dozen starters or major defensive contributors who got some playing time, a few in the second half.
Alex McGough started at quarterback but threw two interceptions and also lost a fumble. McGough was 9 of 13 for 91 passing yards. Veteran Sean Mannion took over in the second half and scored 13 of 23 for 118 yards.
Seattle suffered a few major injuries to a reserve pair with linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven and wide receiver John Ursua both starting on a cart in the first half due to knee injuries.
Carroll did not have details, but said both injuries were serious.
Burr-Kirven was injured in the opening kickoff on a non-contact game and is expected to be a lock for the 53-man roster due to his contributions to special teams.
Ursua was competing for last place wide receiver, but lost late in the first half away from the game. Before injuring himself, Ursua made three catches for 34 yards.
Seattle backup safety Ryan Neal also went to the locker room in the first half after a big blow with a tense slant and did not return to the game.
Denver cornerback Michael Ojemudia left in the second half with a knee injury.
Seattle played in front of fans at home for the first time since week 17 of the 2019 season. Seattle played all of last season without fans. The crowd was announced with more than 68,000 tickets handed out but around 50,000 were in the stadium.
Broncos: Welcome the Los Angeles Rams to end the preseason next Saturday.
Seahawks: Host the Los Angeles Chargers in the preseason finals next Saturday.
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