The Denver Broncos go into a Week 4 contest with the Arizona Cardinals at 2-1. It has been an up-and-down season for Denver, and here are the statistics and numbers that provide an intriguing perspective on that and their game against Arizona.
The Arizona Cardinals’ offensive scoring percentage. In other words, they score on nearly half of their drives, 5th in the league.
Six players (Steven Johnson, Quinton Carter, Lamin Barrow, Jacob Tamme, and Corey Nelson) for the Broncos have seen over 60% of the special team snaps, compared to 4 in 2013 and 2 in 2012. The Broncos are relying on several ST players to see the majority of the snaps, instead of relying on a broader committee.
Yards per carry average when the Broncos run the ball in the LG-C or C-RG gaps. Compare to the 2.3 RG-RT and 2.1 RT-TE average. It is obvious that C Manny Ramirez has been pulling his weight, and RT Chris Clark has been underperforming.
Number of points per drive for the Denver offense, 13th in the league. Last season, they led the league with 2.83 ppd, .50 greater than the second-place San Diego Chargers. It’s evidently hard to follow up a record-breaking offensive season, but the Broncos’ offense has been struggling to get points on the board at a similar pace.
Statline of WR Jabar Gaffney, the leading receiver last time the Broncos played the Cardinals on December 12, 2010. This was the infamous game in which K Jay Feely ran for a TD as the Cardinals steamrolled Denver to the tune of 43-13. Gaffney had 3 catches for 48 yards in a contest that saw starting QB Kyle Orton throw for just 166 yards on 41 attempts, to go with 3 INTs.
Average plays per drive this season for Denver. That is equal with Washington, Miami, Green Bay and Seattle. It is evident that the Broncos have been unable to sustain drives this season.
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