Posted Mon Oct 4th by Jon Heath
The NFL’s leading passer has found a new favorite target, and it’s not Larry Fitzgerald.
Kyle Orton and journeyman receiver Brandon Lloyd have hooked up 25 times for 454 yards (an 18.2 yards per connection average). Just two yards behind Reggie Wayne, Lloyd ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards through the first four weeks. Lloyd is no scoring machine–though he has scored as many times as Brandon Marshall–as Orton has done a great job of spreading the ball around, and has only hit Lloyd once for a Touchdown. Even so, he is one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL, shredding every secondary he’s faced this season.
An 8-year veteran, Lloyd isn’t the only Bronco feeding off Orton’s career year. With one more score than Lloyd and nearly 300 receiving yards, Eddie Royal is also ranked among the top 12 receivers in the NFL. Rounding out the dynamic passing attack, Jabar Gaffney and rookie Demaryius Thomas have combined for 33 catches going for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
His exceptional numbers have earned Orton a 96.3 passer rating, and the respect of the rest of the National Football League. With twelve games left to play, Orton has gone 118-of-175 for 1,419 yards, and 6 touchdowns with three interceptions – his best numbers to start a season in his 6-year career.
Traveling to face the Ravens in Baltimore in week 5, the Broncos passing attack will have to continue to thrive if Denver is to survive another match against the team that sent their 2009 season down the tubes.