Cardiac Broncos Still in Good Shape

Despite the fact that the Denver Broncos have been censured and panned by even members of their own SB Nation community, the team still remains 2-0 and for all intents and purposes is doing what it takes to win in the National Football League, not the easiest thing to accomplish.

The Broncos have successfully stymied two 2013 playoff teams in the first two weeks of the season, the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, on the last play of regulation for either team in a 4th down situation when in reasonable scoring position.

To me, this suggests that the Broncos may not be as sexy as they were last season but substance is what enables teams to be in legitimate championship contention and I think Denver is rife with that this season.

Of course, their stiffest test to date this season awaits them Sunday as their initial road game of the season takes them to Century Link Field against the defending Super-Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks who are fresh off of a loss to the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium last Sunday.

Thus far, the Broncos have the NFL’s 4th-best scoring offense at 27.5 points per game, notwithstanding the fact they only had 46 plays against Kansas City, they averaged 8.8 yards per snap and still put up 24 points in the 24-17 victory.

The Broncos’ 343 net yards per game amassed is 14th in league annals, while their passing offense is 11th at 248 yards per game and the rushing offense is 24th at 95 yards per contest.

The Broncos’ defensive statistics are what have many fans in an uproar as they are 27th in net yardage surrendered, giving up 394 yards per game but a more respectfully-ranked 18th in points given up at 20.5. Obviously, with only two weeks to account for, the sample size is a bit skewed.

It’s important to remember that star linebacker Danny Trevathan is presently injured and should return for the home game against the Cardinals October 5 after the bye week.

Presently, signal-caller Peyton Manning looks as sharp as he ever has in completing 69.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 511 yards, 6 TD’s/0 INT’s in his first two games of the season.

Additionally, the Broncos have not posted any turnovers in their first eight quarters of the season and having forced two against the Colts in the season opener are +2 in that department.

A newcomer from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Emmanuel Sanders, has been arguably Manning’s most productive receiver averaging a team-best 13.2 yards per reception thus far, while tight end Julius Thomas is the top scorer has 4 touchdown receptions on his first 11 snags of 2014, meaning he scores 36.4 percent of the time he touches the ball.

The running game has been pedestrian, as was to be expected with the release of tailback Knowshon Moreno, but his primary replacement, Montee Ball, has a team-best 127 yards on the ground and a touchdown while C.J. Anderson is averaging a team-best 6.4 yards per rush on only nine carries so he is maximizing his opportunities.

On the defensive side of the ball, safety Rahim Moore leads the team with two interceptions, rookie cornerback Bradley Roby has batted away a team-high 3 passes, including the one that clinched the Indianapolis victory, and defensive end/linebacker DeMarcus Ware leads the team with 1.5 sacks.

If Broncos fans are being honest with themselves, I’m sure everyone would take being 2-0 at this point, although a win against the Seahawks Sunday could vault Broncos Country, speaking collectively, to a new high. We shall see.