Why the Seahawks are destroying the Broncos

The Seahawks’ defense is closing the middle of the field and forcing Peyton Manning to throw outside. The Seahawks’ defense is doing this mostly by playing “robber” schemes — safeties in the alleys taking away the slants and short passes over the middle.

When Manning tries to throw outside, his two tackles — Chris Clark and Orlando Franklin — are giving up so much ground to the Seahawks’ two defensive ends — Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril — that Manning does not have a clear, unobstructed lane to throw.

Checkmate.

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