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Published on 09/27/2009 at Sun Sep 27 20:03.
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The Denver Broncos celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2009, and never in those 50 years have they had a start quite like this.

Through three games (capped with a glorious 23-3 butt-whooping of the Raiders), the Broncos defense has held opponents to a total of 16 points (5.3 points per game), breaking a franchise record that has stood for over 30 years.


Year Points Allowed
1. 2009 16
2. 1977 19
3. 1979 30
1981 30
5. 1997 31
2006 31

They’re also the #1 defense in the NFL as of Sunday night, in both yards and points.

And lest you start pointing out the quality of opponent (which is a fair counter, to be certain), we defer to David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette:

Denver is holding opponents to 5.3 points per game. When playing other defenses, the Bengals, Browns and Raiders average 18.3 points.

Can it be? Are these Broncos… for real? It certainly appears so. (Many thanks to the Broncos PR department for the numbers, and go Broncos!)

  • threeyardbomb

    B-Dawk and the Legion of Doom!!!!

  • broncoinva9986

    I love this defense… feels good to know that they have shored up the run defense…and have definately made the secondary better…..we need to get younger in secondary for future…as far as safety position…Future

  • broncoNM

    Cant say enough about this defense. They go after the ball and make plays. It is a breath of fresh air to be excited about our defense again. They swarm the ball and attack the ball carrier. I think back to last year when our defense was constantly on their heels for the entire game… This new Nolan D is attacking and create opportunities for turnovers (holding runners up while the secondary tackler strips the ball, pursuing the ball carrier from behind and popping the ball out). Obviously dawkins, doom and dj are the ringleaders but guys like reid, holiday, andra, etc are making plays and doing their part. This defense has a lot of contributors. The D is playing with heart that we have not seen since al wilson was on the field.

    BroncoinVA- This past draft gave us great youthful depth in the secondary (smith, Mcbath, bruton).

  • jushau

    there defense is good so far but look at the quaterbacks they had to face brady quinn sucks carson palmer is alright and jamarcus russel sucks so wen they give up a few points against a good qb then talk about them all you want

  • Mark

    wow adam schefter just retweeted this from broncotalk. awesome.

  • kerry

    lets all see how good our run defense really is after the Dallas game. Dallas went for 251 rushing yards against the Giants last week and scored 31 points in a loss. we havent scored 31 points in a game yet and Orton is still not doing great at the QB position. maybe the glove will come off and he will make better throws but our run D will be tested against Dallas. Dallas has MAMMOTH O-linemen so getting to Homo, i mean Romo, will be difficult.

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