In the years leading up to the current 2015-2016 Season, the Denver Broncos were known as a team that could literally “roll over” opponents offensively, score points in bunches and win convincingly without the benefit of a dynamic defense.
That “formula for success” had been especially true the past two seasons or ever since the squad acquired the services of future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. The all- time leader in passing yards (he has thrown for more than seventy thousand yards so far), Manning used his uncanny ability to “connect with his receivers” all over the field to help the Broncos score early and often in game after game.
Under Manning’s leadership, the Broncos had an offense that was essentially “unstoppable” and, as a result, Denver has been a mainstay in postseason play in recent seasons. But defense frequently wins games in the playoffs and the Denver Broncos had a defense that could be beaten.
That may have finally changed. As teams prepare to start the second half of the current season, the squad from “the Mile High City” has the top-rated defense in the National Football League (NFL). After eight games, Denver stands alone as a team that gives up very few points in every game it plays. The defense features a shutdown corner back in Aqib Talib and a vicious edge rusher in Von Miller.
In truth, this squad’s foes have been able to score only 17.38 points per game and muster just 92.75 rushing yards per game. For a team like the Broncos that can “put up crooked numbers” on the scoreboard, overcoming opponents that score just seventeen points per game has been something that Peyton Manning and his teammates have been able to do – with relative ease.
That is why the Broncos currently sport a Won-Loss record of 7-1 and are in first place in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC), comfortably ahead of the second place Oakland Raiders.
Denver makes it difficult for other teams to reach the end zone. In fact, this squad often makes it a challenge for opponents to “hold on to the football” because it has been able to force turnovers at the rate of 2.12 interceptions and fumbles recovered every four quarters.
Denver also allows just about one hundred eighty-one passing yards per game and opponents have been able to average just 4.23 yards per play, a number that is well below the league average of 5.56 yards per play.
The truth is that Denver makes it very difficult for an opponent to score while it has little trouble putting points on the scoreboard itself. Call it a winning formula and look at this tough squad as a “force to be reckoned with” in January when this year’s postseason begins.
Courtesy of the Denver Post