Whenever the Denver Broncos travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers, it always seems like just another home game, with how much orange is in the stands. With how the Denver offense opened the game, it seemed like with how well Broncos Country travelled it was going to be a huge advantage. However, after that drive they slowed down and started to have issues moving of the ball.
With that said, let us jump into the player grades.
Brock Osweiler, QB
Snaps: 69. Stats: 16-of-26 for 166 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
While it wasn’t a great game from Osweiler, it wasn’t a bad one either. He threw one interception, which came from a throw off of his back foot. Earlier, he nearly threw a second pick when he didn’t read the breaking safety. On a positive note, he made some really great reads, and even better throws. There were some negatives, but there were far more positives to take away from his game.
Ronnie Hillman, RB
Snaps: 39. Stats: 19 rushes for 46 yards, 1 target, zero catches, 1 QB hit allowed.
It was a solid day for Hillman when all was said and done. He was effective, for the most part, when running the ball. Although, he did have a few runs that left me scratching my head because of missed running lanes. What really hurt Hillman was his pass protection. There were multiple mistakes made, and he whiffed a time or two as well. As a runner/receiver he looked solid, but that pass protection was really awful. Also, after a while, he stopped being effective as a runner.
Demaryius Thomas, WR
Snaps: 53. Stats: 6 targets, 6 catches for 61 yards, 1 touchdown.
After the horrible game Thomas had a week ago, he played a really good game against the Chargers. As a receiver, he looked great to start the game, but slowed down a bit as ir went on. As for his blocking, it was average all game, with a lot of inconsistency. There were some great blocks and some that were not so good.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR
Snaps: 55. Stats: 8 targets, 3 catches for 19 yards, 1 rush for 5 yards.
After having a perfect game a week ago, Sanders had a good, but not great one on Sunday against the Chargers. As with the whole offense, he started off really strong as a receiver and a blocker. As the game went on, however, he slowed down. His routes were not as crisp and quick as they were to start the game, and his blocking really disappeared. Even still, he was the best receiver to take the field.
Vernon Davis, TE
Snaps: 26. Stats: 3 targets, 2 catches for 25 yards, 1 QB hurry allowed.
It looked like Davis was going to have a really great game, but then he ended up leaving with concussion symptoms. As a receiver, Davis was hot. He was getting open quite a bit, even on plays he didn’t get the ball thrown his way. When he did get the ball thrown his way and made the catch, and he was hot after the catch. Unfortunately, as a blocker his game was a let down. He whiffed on a few blocks, and flat got beat on others.
Owen Daniels, TE
Snaps: 50. Stats: 3 targets, 2 catches for 13 yards.
After looking weak to start the season and for the majority of the first 8 games, Daniels has really turned it around. He has become strong and aggressive in all phases, and it shows consistently. It has been quite the turnaround to see Daniels fight for extra yards whenever he makes a catch. As for his blocking, despite looking stronger and more aggressive, it hasn’t cut out some of the mistakes he makes.
Ryan Harris, LT
Snaps: 69. Stats: 1 QB hit, 4 hurries allowed.
The first half from Harris was really good. He allowed only a single pressure and was stout as a run blocker. However, the second half brought the troubles. In pass protection he allowed four pressures, and nearly allowed more than that. The run blocking also went down the drain in the second half.
Evan Mathis, LG
Snaps: 69. Stats: 2 hurries allowed.
Mathis was one of the better offensive linemen for the game. The first half pass protection was good, even though he allowed two pressures. In the second half, he allowed none. His run blocking was strong throughout the game, even though there were a few mistakes.
Matt Paradis, C
Snaps: 69. Stats: 1 hit allowed.
The young center played a great game against the Chargers. He was consistent and stout in the run game. As for his pass protection, he allowed a single pressure and was stout every pass play after that.
Max Garcia, RG
Snaps: 69. Stats: 1 hit allowed.
The rookie got the start at right guard, after he got the start at left guard before moving to right guard a week ago. He played great a week ago, and played great again. Allowing only a single pressure, his pass protection, which was his weakness, was fantastic. His strength of run blocking was fantastic, as well. The rookie has drastically improved from his limited snap counts from a few weeks ago to the beginning of the season, and he has shown improvements between his two starts.
Snaps: 69. Stats: 1 sack, 2 QB hits, 1 hurry allowed.
To put it bluntly, Schofield was awful. He allowed multiple pressures, and was completely dominated all game. The domination wasn’t just in pass protection, but the run game as well. He had no answer. It is to the point where a switch at right tackle may be for the best.
That wraps up the starters. TIme to get into the players who subbed into the game.
C.J. Anderson, RB
Snaps: 13. Stats: 7 rushes for 42 yards, 1 target, 1 catch for 12 yards.
With Anderson in the game, the running offense was effective. He had a 6 YPC average, and was picking up yards in chunks against the Chargers defense. As a receiver, he only caught one pass and picked up 10 yards afterwards to pick up a first down. He eventually left with an ankle injury and didn’t return to the game.
Juwan Thompson, RB
Snaps: 17. Stats: 8 rushes for 27 yards, 1 target 1 catch for 14 yards.
The big power back finally got some extended action on offense, but it came because of an injury, unfortunately. He looked good and strong when running the ball. Also, he looked good as a receiver on the one catch that he made. Caught it five yards behind the line of scrimmage and picked up 14 yards, and nearly a first down.
Cody Latimer, WR
Snaps: 18. Stats: N/A.
There were no completions made to Latimer, but he still looked pretty good as a receiver. There were some concerning routes he ran, with questionable effort, however. As for a run blocker, he is a big part of the run game and he finds himself in the Broncos “run blocking receiver” package. When watching him block, it is very clear as to why that is.
Andre Caldwell, WR
Snaps: 16. Stats: 1 rush for 3 yards.
While he isn’t the best run blocker, he puts in a lot of effort. He is also in the “run blocking receiver” package, and that is because of the effort. While is isn’t ever great, he always seems to do a solid job. As for being a receiver, he had a lot of trouble getting any kind of separation from the Chargers defensive backs.
Bennie Fowler, WR
Snaps: 22. Stats: 2 targets, zero catches.
As a receiver, Fowler isn’t a speedster. He makes space with his size and technique, which caused some problems against the Chargers. That just wasn’t enough to get separation for Fowler. He is the third member of the blocking receiver group, and that is because of his constantly improving technique there. He is strong, physical, tough and gives it his all on each block.
Virgil Green, TE
Snaps: 36. Stats: 1 target, 1 catch 22 yards, 1 QB hit, 1 hurry allowed.
The blocking tight end allow a couple of hurries in the passing game. He also wasn’t as stout as a run blocker as normal. This whole season has been a drop off in his effectiveness as a blocker. He did see a pass thrown his way, where he picked up 17 of the 22 yards after the catch. Once again he showed that he is deserving of more playing time.
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