Posted Mon Sep 26th by Jon Heath
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.
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.
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.