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Published on 09/26/2011 at Mon Sep 26 12:27.
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Kyle Orton, give us a rough guess of how many interceptions you'll throw this week. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos (1-2) are currently in third place in the AFC West, behind the San Diego Chargers (2-1) and Oakland Raiders (2-1). Denver is ranked only above the winless Kansas City Chiefs (0-3).

Denver is tied with San Diego for the second-best net points (-4), behind Oakland (+10) and ahead of Kansas City (-82).  The Broncos have scored the third most touchdowns (7), behind Oakland (11), San Diego (8) and Kansas City (3). Though it is early in the season, similar division standings are to be expected throughout the year.

Defensive Rankings:

Denver’s defense has allowed the 16th-best yards-per-game average (334.7), allowing the 13th-best passing yards per game average (234.7) and the 14th-best rushing yards per game average (100). Denver has only allowed 3.7 yards per rush through the first three weeks of the season which is tied for eighth best.  The Broncos defense has faced three potent running backs in Darren McFadden, Cedric Benson and Chris Johnson in three consecutive weeks and has improved against each back. Denver has allowed 20.7 points per game, which is the 14th best in the league.

Individual Player Rankings:

Quarterback Kyle Orton has thrown the fifth most passing attempts (110) and the seventh most completions (63), giving him a 57.3 completion percentage.  Owning the ninth most passing yards (672), Orton has thrown the fifth most touchdowns (5) and the seventh most interceptions (3).  Orton has averaged 224.0 yards a game and only three quarterbacks have been sacked more often than him (8).  His quarterback rating stands at 79.1 through three weeks of play.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Denver Broncos defenders Von Miller (58) and Kevin Vickerson (99) in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. The Broncos recovered the ball but the Titans won 17-14. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Running back Willis McGahee has rushed 54 times (the fifth most in the NFL) and averaged 52.0 yards per game, ranking him 11th overall in that category. McGahee has 156 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown to compliment his nine catches that have gone for 39 yards and another score.

Wide receiver Eric Decker leads the team with 15 catches (ninth most in the NFL) and owns the tenth best yards per catch average in the AFC (minimum 15 catches), gaining 14.3 yard per catch with a long of 52 yards.

Kicker Matt Prater‘s kickoff-to-touchback ratio is still 100% after another week (13-for-13), making him the only kicker in the NFL that hasn’t had a kickoff returned yet. Prater is also 3-of-4 on field goal attempts and 7-of-7 on extra point tries.

Punter Britton Colquitt has the 11th most punting yards (746) and the eighth best net yard (656). His 49.7 average is the sixth best in the NFL and his 43.7 net average is the fourth best.  Colquitt ranks third with six punts ending up inside the 20-yard line.

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard — while filling in for injured starter D.J. Williams — has recorded the third most tackles in the league through three weeks of play, with 29.

Fellow linebacker Von Miller is tied for the seventh most sacks in the AFC (with 2.0) and leads all rookies in that category as well as fumbles forced (2). Meanwhile, Defensive back Jonathan Wilhite ranks seventh on the team in tackles (10) and is tied for first among NFL cornerbacks in sacks (2.0).

The Broncos kicking statistics stick out the most; Prater and Colquitt are among the best in the business.

  • flbronc

    glad to see that the defense is showing statistical improvement.  it thought that if we could run in the middle of the pack defensively we could finish 8-8.  here’s hoping that the defense keeps it up.

  • King

    I see him with 5 fingers.  Meaning:  5 interceptions this week against the Pack.  Probably won’t be that ugly, but you get the idea.

  • Fan From Spain

    I wonder if the D is gonna shut out the running game again this week in GB and Rogers is gonna have a good rating like Haselback did. Pass D needs to improve, even if Baily is out.

  • jordanfox

    This is incorrect.  Per ESPN, Orton is 21st in passing yards, 22nd in yards per game, tied for 10th with several other QBs in TDs (actually, due to ties above him he is tied for 14th), 24th in overall rating.

  • Jordanfox

    A couple of other things, 12 QBs have had the same amount of sacks or greater (again, there are several ties).  24 Quarterbacks have a better completion percentage than Orton

  • Jon

    It should be noted that (a) I put these numbers together on Monday before the MNF game and (b) when several quarterbacks have the same numbers for example: 1. Tom Brady 1,000 yards, 2. Cam Newton 800 yards, 2. Colt McCoy 800 yards, 4. Kyle Orton 750 yards, I say Orton has thrown “the third most passing yards” even though he is ranked fourth. 

    Perhaps I should change that, but as in that example, it would not be incorrect to say he had thrown the third most yards.

  • Speedracer1963

    Imagine if Lloyd and royal had prepared themselves for this season as well as orton did in the off season where this team would stand today …3 & 0 ????

    stop pulling my groin !