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Published on 09/20/2011 at Tue Sep 20 09:00.
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A new series here at BT, taking a look at how the Broncos stack up statistically across the league. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

AFC West Standings:

The Denver Broncos are in a three-way tie with the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers atop the AFC West at 1-1, with Oakland winning the tie-breaker with the only division victory. The Kansas City Chiefs sit at the bottom of the division at 0-2.

The Broncos own the second best net points (-1), behind Oakland (0) and ahead of San Diego (-7) and Kansas City (-79). None of the teams however own impressive numbers — the Chiefs are just embarrassing. The Broncos have scored the third most touchdowns (5), behind Oakland (7), San Diego (6) and ahead of Kansas City (1). It is very early in the season, so the West is still to be won.

Individual Player Rankings:

Quarterback Kyle Orton has thrown the 13th most passing attempts (71), while throwing only the 19th most completions (39).  Ranking 17th overall in passing yards (499), Orton is in a nine-way tie for the 14th most touchdown passes (3) as well as the 14th-best long pass (52T). Only four quarterbacks have been sacked more than Orton, who has gone down seven times in the first two games (partly to blame is the offensive line for that statistic).

After a poor performance against the Raiders and not dressing against the Bengals, running back Knowshon Moreno is nowhere to be found statistically heading into week three. Veteran Willis McGahee owns the 13th most carries however (32), and the 21st most rushing yards (104). His average (3.3) and long (12) are nothing spectacular (which is to be expected from a short yardage power back) but he does own the 14th most first downs (11) and has not yet fumbled the ball.

Wide receiver Eric Decker owns the 9th best yards-per-catch average among receivers who have five or more catches, with an impressive 20.8 average. He also owns the sixth most receiving touchdowns (2).

Kicker Matt Prater owns the 13th most kickoffs, all ten of which have gone for touchbacks, putting Prater in a two-way tie with Sebastian Janikowski for the best kickoff-to-touchback ratio (100%). Prater is also 3-of-4 on field goal attempts, with the second most attempts from 50+ yards. He is also 5-of-5 on PAT tries.

Punter Britton Colquitt owns the sixth-best net yards total (431), as well as the sixth best average distance (50.0).  Colquitt has been solid for the Broncos and would have even more impressive numbers if his 82-yard punt on Sunday afternoon had not been nullified by a penalty that should not have been called.

Rookie linebacker Von Miller is in a gazillion-way tie for the 11th most sacks in the AFC (with 1), while team captain Wesley Woodyard owns the fourth most tackles in the AFC with 19 total.  Denver’s defensive backs (or any Broncos defensive player) are yet to record an interception.

Fullback Spencer Larsen and reserve running back Lance Ball have been productive when given opportunities, combining for seven carries going for 31 yards and five catches going for 47 yards and a score.

If I’m the only stataholic on the site let me know. If you would like to see more of this series down the road, let me know that as well!

  • Fan From Spain

    I like it, you could also include where the D stands as overall in the league.

  • Jon

    Overlooked that, I’m just too offensive minded… will get that next week!

  • rcsodak

    Wow….prater is pretty impressive with all his “touchdowns”.

  • Jon

    Spell check said “touchback” wasn’t a word and changed it to “touchdown”, I missed that. Sorry.

  • Bryansniezek

    I like the stats as well..keep’em coming!

  • 5280

    Love stats.  in my opinion, they are the best indicator on where a team is headed and also what a team needs to improve on. Please keep doing this entry. i really want to see where doom and von’s numbers are every week.