Working closely with the NFL's leading advanced metrics site, Pro Football Focus, we're able to delve deeper into the Denver Broncos 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans for our premium members. Not all of these advanced metrics are still available to the public.
Derek Wolfe had a stellar all around game for the Broncos on Monday night. He had 1 QB hit, 2 hurries and a batted pass. In run defense he had 3 run stops, which led the team, and had the highest run defense grade on the night for the Broncos.
Trevor Siemian had a fine night on Monday. Although he missed many passes, he did not throw a turnover worthy pass. Siemian did well when not under pressure with a 107.6 QB rating but under pressure his QB Rating was a 39.6. Siemian's completion percentage under pressure is now 44.7 which ranks 20th in the league.
Siemian was not asked to do much, but he was very efficient in the short passing game. He was 13-of-19 on throws 9 yards and in, but only 1-of-5 on throws 10 yards and deeper.
Siemian faired very well when he wasn't under pressure, as he completed 13-of-19 passes for 141 yards, a touchdown and had a passer rating of 107.6 when he wasn't feeling any pressure.
Once again, C Matt Paradis was the highest graded player on the Broncos offense this week. He also remains the highest graded center in the NFL this year at 88.8. Paradis was on the field for all 63 snaps this week, and did not allow a single hit or pressure.
On the other side of the spectrum, LT Russell Okung was the worst graded offensive player for Denver, checking in with a grade of 48.3, and an even worse run blocking grade of 41.7.
Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas were both good in this game. Sanders received the higher game grade at 81.4, but Thomas' QB rating when targeted was 112.7, much higher than Sanders' rating of 88.5. The two combined for 10 of the 14 receptions Denver had.
It wasn't OLB Von Miller's best graded game, as he "only" finished with a grade of 79.1, but he did register 8 hurries on the night and had a pass rushing grade of 80.4. Even though it was a down game by his standards, Miller remains the highest graded edge defender this season at 90.0.
In a matchup that we all were salivating over, CB Chris Harris, Jr. dominated receiver DeAndre Hopkins. When covered by Harris, Hopkins was targeted 5 times, and only caught 2 balls for a measly 9 yards.
DE Jared Crick had a rough game. He finished with the worst grade of any Broncos player this week at 34.1, and despite playing 62 snaps, was only able to register 1 tackle.
CB Aqib Talib once again had a phenomenal performance. Brock Osweiler tried picking on the second highest graded CB in the NFL, but the results weren't good. He was targeted a team high 11 times, but only allowed 6 receptions for 41 yards and no touchdowns. He also had two passes defended and Osweiler's QB rating when throwing at Talib was a mere 63.1.
The interior of the Broncos offensive line, that is so integral for their zone running game, had a great night on Monday. Matt Paradis, Max Garcia and Michael Schofield accounted for 3/4 of the best Broncos offensive grades on the night with 82.5, 80.4 and 79.4 grades respectively. Paradis has Dallas' Travis Frederick edged out for the highest center grade in the league.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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