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throwing three interceptions to go with his three touchdowns.He can thank Von Miller K.J. Wright Color Rush Jersey , who sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the Broncos held off the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 on Sunday to win for the 18th time in their past 19 home openers.Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million prove-it deal in Denver six months ago after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game, normally spends his time between series with his head down but he kept looking up to watch Miller’s magic.“I’m trying to stay focused on looking at the pictures, getting ready for my next series. “But it’s hard not to notice when the crowd’s going crazy and Von’s out there crawling or whatever he’s doing, whatever his sack dance is,” Keenum said. “That’s impressive to watch.“I’m glad I’m on the sidelines when he’s on the field, that’s for sure.”Wilson wasn’t so lucky.“We played a really tough defense, one of the best defenses you’re going to face all year. Obviously Von is a great player and he made some key plays,” Wilson said.Miller, whose best play came when he simply snatched the ball from running back Chris Carson’s arms, said recently that he hates facing Wilson Bobby Wagner Color Rush Jersey , whom he considers the best quarterback in the game today.“I still don’t like playing against Russell, I mean, running around out there 20 yards, getting everybody tired,” Miller said. “Luckily, we were able to get him before he could get started. That was in our scheme this week, we wanted to keep him in the pocket and (make) him beat us with his arm, which he’s capable of doing. But we’d rather pick that poison and that strategy worked.”Wilson threw for 298 yards and three TDs, but was picked off twice and sacked six times and ran just twice for 5 yards.“He got out of the pocket a couple of times, but that’s Russ,” Miller said. “He’s a great player. He’s going to get out of the pocket, but we kept some of the great plays to a minimum.”Keenum, who threw for 329 yards Justin Coleman Color Rush Jersey , only threw seven interceptions last season and already he has three.“I’m really excited about how good this football team can be,” Keenum said. “Because if we take care of the ball — if I take care of the ball, because those are all on me — we’re going to be really, really hard to beat.”SPUTTERING SEAHAWKSAfter Demaryius Thomas atoned for several early hiccups by scoring the go-ahead TD with 11:11 left, the Seahawks gained just 3 yards in their final three possessions, the last one ending with Adam Jones‘ interception at midfield with no time left.“It’s frustrating,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “Third downs we were lousy (2 for 12) and we didn’t run the ball as well as we wanted (64 yards) and we got sacked a bunch of times. It was not a very clean game for us.”Wilson put the Seahawks ahead 24-20 when he found Tyler Lockett all alone for a 51-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.HOMECOMING KINGBrandon Marshall’s 20-yard TD catch for Seattle tied it at 17 and came against the team he started his career with back in 2006.NO DOUBTING THOMASOne of Keenum’s interceptions came when Demaryius Thomas, who also had three passes go off his hands and was whistled for a holding call that negated a first-down run, never looked back and safety Earl Thomas snared it in his first game since ending his holdout Wednesday.“I thought I had a pick-6,” said Thomas, who was caught at the 15-yard line by Broncos speedy running back Phillip Lindsay.No matter: Six seconds later, rookie tight end Will Dissly blew past rookie linebacker Bradley Chubb and hauled in the 15-yard TD pass.“Just glad to get through the first game and get that out of the way,” said Earl Thomas Russell Wilson Color Rush Jersey , who returned to the team after his pay-me-or-trade-me demands went nowhere.SOMERSAULT CELEBRATIONDenver took a 14-10 lead when Emmanuel Sanders somersaulted into the end zone with a 43-yard score. That was his first touchdown since Week 2 of last season.“It was good to get back in the end zone so I decided to bust out the flip,” Sanders said. “It felt good.”TWIN TROUBLEShaquill Griffin’s twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, started the game with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. It’s another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin , who had his left hand amputated as a child.The Griffins had back-to-back tackles on Seattle’s second defensive series.INJURIES: The only injury of note from either team was Seattle WR Doug Baldwin (right MCL sprain).UP NEXT:Seahawks: Visit Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.Broncos: Host Oakland Raiders on Sunday. RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Considering how easily Michael Dickson has adjusted to the NFL and become one of the best punters in the league as a rookie, hearing that he was a bit anxious about a kicking situation may be a surprise.But last Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks rookie was on the verge of being asked to perform a task he's never executed outside of messing around at practice or during pregame warmups.Dickson was filled with apprehension at the prospect of having to attempt a drop-kick extra point or field goal. In a game. With a rush coming at him. "We talked about it a little bit and I was freaking out a bit because we haven't really — I've never really hit a drop-kick field goal with the protection and everything," Dickson said. "We kind of worked on that (this week) and got used to it. Feel a little bit more comfortable now with that, but really only hit them messing around in warmups and doing my kickoffs."Dickson has turned into a kicking marvel during his rookie season with Seattle, more than justifying the fifth-round pick spent on the Australian by way of Texas. He's a Pro Bowl selection. He's been an NFC special teams player of the month. Until this past week he led the NFC in yards per punt, both gross and net. His variety of punting styles — whether trying for hang time, directional kicks Brandon Marshall Color Rush Jersey , or pinning opponents inside the 20 — has made him a weapon and a boost to Seattle's defense.And he provided one of the more shocking moments of the season when he ran out of his own end zone on a fake punt for a 9-yard gain and a first down late in Seattle's win at Detroit in October.But even Dickson was a bit unsure of what was going to happen last week after kicker Sebastian Janikowski was injured getting roughed on a field goal attempt. Dickson stepped in and used a drop kick on a pair of kickoffs — which he had done in a couple of circumstances during the season — but the idea of trying to drop-kick one through the uprights was daunting.As it turned out, Janikowski wasn't seriously injured and Dickson wasn't needed to try a field goal."That was always the thing if something happened I was going to have to go in and do it but we never really … we've done it before but not to the depth of where I feel comfortable being back there," Dickson said. "It's hard to get backup reps as a backup kicker. Definitely going to work on it more the next couple of weeks and through the offseason work on it more, trying to get my operation down."Dickson started working on drop kicks while at Texas just for fun. He's continued to practice it with Seattle.But last week's scare has ramped up the need to have a plan should it ever be needed in a game. Dickson said the biggest issue is figuring out how far back to stand to receive the snap while taking into account the time needed to get a proper drop on the ball and get the kick away. Dickson estimates he's been able to hit from 60 yards in the past, but that's without a rush."I'm kind of messing around with the idea of doing a punt depth just because it would give me a little more time to spin the laces and get the laces right," Dickson said. "It's a slower get-off time because you have to drop it and wait for it to bounce and then kick it. We're trying to see what works best."For his part, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he'll be quick to turn to Dickson if needed, whether for his unique kickoffs or a field-goal attempt."We've got a lot of things that he can do that if we need him, he can jump in. I really wouldn't hesitate. … It's pretty exciting. He's an exciting weapon for us," Carroll said.



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