DENVER (AP) -- The final preseason game was supposed to go a long
way in determining who would be Denver's third quarterback.
Instead, it made things harder.
Danny Kanell and Jarious Jackson didn't do anything to
distinguish themselves, but Denver got 1-yard touchdown runs from
Mike Anderson and Cecil Sapp to beat the Seattle Seahawks 20-3
Friday night in a sloppy preseason finale.
"With the situation with the wind blowing like it was and going
against some established people out there, I thought they both
played well," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's going to be
a tough decision."
Shanahan might have been trying to put a good spin on the
situation, but at least both quarterbacks got off to a decent
Jackson rushed for 30 yards on three carries his first drive,
but it ended in a punt after a sack and two incompletions.
Kanell took over the next series and threw against his body for
a 39-yard completion to diving tight end Patrick Hape on his first
pass. But he also just missed Nate Jackson in the end zone, forcing
the Broncos (3-1) to settle for a 39-yard field goal by Jason Elam.
It didn't get any better from there.
Jackson ended his next drive by throwing a pass that bounced
five yards short, while Kanell's next series ended with an
interception by Kris Richard at Seattle's 14-yard line.
"I felt kind of like I did last week -- that one pass just
haunts me," said Kanell, who threw an interception against
Indianapolis on Monday. "It'll be a long night."
Both quarterbacks led scoring drives in the third quarter, but
each started inside Seattle's 25-yard line because of turnovers.
Denver's final points, a 31-yard field goal by Elam in the fourth
quarter, was set up by a 61-yard punt return by Frank Rice.
Kanell finished 7-for-15 for 106 yards and had a quarterback
rating of 48.9. Jackson was 4-for-13 for 37 yards with a 39.6
"I just tried to make plays," Jackson said. "Hopefully it
will work out."
Seattle had trouble no matter who was playing quarterback.
For the second straight year, the Seahawks' starting offense
couldn't muster much against a Denver defense made up mostly of
The Seahawks (2-2) managed just 18 yards on their first two
drives and didn't have a first down until Matt Hasselbeck hit Alex
Bannister on a 23-yard completion with 55 seconds left in the first
Seattle finished with just 231 yards, had two turnovers and
finished 0-for-11 on third downs.
At least it was better than last year, when the Seahawks had 16
yards and no first downs in the first quarter of a 31-0 loss.
"We wanted to accomplish a little more than we did," Seahawks
coach Mike Holmgren said.
Hasselbeck played three series, leaving early in the second
quarter after completing 4-of-5 passes for 44 yards.
He also fumbled a snap on a 25-yard field goal late in the first
half, but made up for it a minute later by getting a bad snap down
on a 52-yard field goal by Josh Brown as time expired.
"It would have been nice to convert on third down and score
more points, but looking back right now there are things on film
that we will be able to learn," Hasselbeck said.
Trent Dilfer did a better job of moving Seattle's offense in the
first half, setting up two field goal attempts. But Jason Sykes
intercepted his third pass of the second and returned it to
Seattle's 25-yard line.
Anderson made it 10-3 eight plays later, bulling his way in on
fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Dilfer was 10-for-17 for 92 yards.
Sapp's run, which put Denver up 17-3 late in the third quarter,
came after Donnie Spragan blocked Mat McBriar's punt and Keith
Burns recovered at the Seahawks' 21.
Denver opens the regular season at Cincinnati, while the
Seahawks play New Orleans. ... Broncos K Micah Knorr sent the
opening kickoff well through the uprights and off the base of the
stands. ... The Broncos placed rookie DT Nick Eason injured reserve
Friday due to an Achilles' tendon injury. ... Seattle FS Damien
Robinson played in the preseason for the first time since
separating his shoulder Aug. 2.