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• Brandon Marshall was the highest graded player on Thursday night. He put together a really solid game with an 88.1 run defense grade and a 77.7 coverage grade. It was a nice bounce back game for him after he graded very poorly against the Falcons. With great pass rushers and cover guys on defense if the Broncos could have a third star on the linebacker level they can very well get back to their championship defense form.
• It takes a lot to grade higher than Von Miller, but ILB Brandon Marshall was a beast. He finished with a grade of 88.7 and a run grade of 90.6. He had 4 stops to go along with 5 tackles.
• Von Miller was the second highest graded Bronco defender but not in the area you would expect him to be. Miller's pass rush grade was only a 69.6, which isn't bad just not what we expect out of him. His run defense grade was a 93.7 though. He had 6 run stops on the night.
• Another game, another solid outing for OLB Von Miller. The Super Bowl MVP finished with a grade of 84.3, which was second on the defense and contributed 6 stops, 2 QB hurries, a QB hit and a sack.
• Trevor Siemien did not have a good return from his left shoulder injury on Thursday night. He graded out to be the Broncos third worst player on the night with a 40.5 grade. He had one turnover worthy throw and in addition to that he had many misses all over the field. He went 0-of-5 on passes that traveled 20+ yards and was just 1-of-5 on passes that traveled 10-19 yards.
• Donald Stephenson had an ugly night at RT. He was the worst graded player on Thursday night with a 36.7 overall grade. This was due to his terrible performance trying to protect Trevor Siemian. His pass protection grade was a dismal 32.7. And his discipline (penalty) grade was a 6.2. The average in that category in the game was just about 70.0. The Broncos have to find a solution fast at RT after Ty Sambrailo put up a similarly terrible performance there last week.
• Stephenson struggled mightily in this game, as he finished with a game grade of 33.4, which was the worst of any Broncos player. He accounted for giving up 6 of the 20 QB hurries Denver allowed, and gave up 2 QB hits in addition to that.
• Demaryius Thomas had an awful night on Thursday. If it weren't for Donald Stephenson's terrible play he would've been the worst graded player in the game. Thomas finished with a 37.9 overall grade. He was thrown at 10 times on Thursday night and only had 5 receptions for 35 yards and added a drop and a costly fumble in the 4th quarter.
• On the opposite side of the spectrum, C Matt Paradis had the highest grade of the day for the Denver offense at 82.3, as he was really the lone bright spot along the offensive line.
• The biggest source of QB pressure in this game for the Broncos actually didn't come from Miller. It came from DE Derek Wolfe, who led the team with 4 QB hurries, though he did hurt the team as he had a negative grade in defensive penalties.
• It wasn't a big night for the Denver secondary, although the Chargers did pick on T.J. Ward a bit in coverage, as he was targeted 5 times and he allowed 4 receptions for 34 yards.
• CB Chris Harris also got victimized a bit, as when Philip Rivers targeted him, he had a passer rating of 135.4.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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