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The Chargers only blitzed Trevor Siemian on 12 of his 38 dropbacks, and that tactic worked against the young signal caller. When Siemian wasn't blitzed, he completed only 11-of-25 passes for 126 yards, an interception and a passer rating of 43.1. On the 12 dropbacks where he was blitzed, Siemian completed 9-of-12 throws for 151 yards and a passer rating of 116.7.
It wasn't all bad for Siemian, as he was actually fairly effective throwing the football down the field. Siemian attempted 5 throws that traveled 20+ yards down the field, and he completed 3 of them for 108 yards. He was also tied with Nick Foles this week for most accurate deep passer at 60%.
In a compelling 1-on-1 matchup, it was WR Demaryius Thomas that got the better of CB Casey Hayward in this game. When Thomas was matched up with Hayward, he was targeted 8 times and caught 5 of those balls for 80 yards. Against all other defenders, Thomas was targeted once, and had no receptions.
OLB DeMarcus Ware was the driving force for the Denver pass rush in this game, as he with a grade of 84.6, and registered 4 QB hurries while only playing 26 snaps.
Once again DE Derek Wolfe stuffed the stat sheet for the Broncos. Wolfe had 2 QB hits, 3 hurries, a batted pass which added up to his game grade of 82.9, which was among the best grades for the Denver defense this week.
The Broncos were without CB Aqib Talib in this game, but Bradley Roby stepped right in, and they didn't miss a beat. Philip Rivers tried to pick on Roby, but he failed miserably. Roby was targeted 9 times, allowed only 2 receptions and had an interception and a pass defended.
S T.J. Ward got roasted in coverage this week. He allowed 6 of the 7 passes thrown his way to be complete, and when targeting Ward, Phillip Rivers threw for 87 yards, a touchdown and had a passer rating of 118.5
ILB Todd Davis was first in the league this week in run stop percentage among inside linebackers facing 50% or more of their snaps against the run, and is now sixth in that category for the season.
The two offensive tackles for the Broncos did not have their best performances this week. RT Donald Stephenson allowed 2 QB hits and 2 hurries, and was their worst graded offensive player at 37.1. LT Russell Okung wasn't much better, as he allowed 3 QB hurries and finished with a lowly grade of 46.1.
As a team, Denver's offensive line allowed the second most QB hits this week, and were fifth worst in total pass blocking efficiency.
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