Working closely with the NFL's leading advanced metrics site, Pro Football Focus, we're able to delve deeper into the Denver Broncos 25-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints for our premium members. Not all of these advanced metrics are still available to the public.
Pressure was the story of the game for QB Trevor Siemian and the Broncos offense. Siemian dropped back 48 times and was under pressure on 22 of those dropbacks. On those plays, he completed only 8-of-15 passes and had a passer rating of 63.5.
RT Donald Stephenson started this game for the Broncos, but he did not finish it. Stephenson was on the field for 53 snaps, and allowed 4 QB hurries and 2 QB hits, on his way to receiving a grade of 30.5, the worst of any Broncos offensive player this week.
Stephenson's replacement, Ty Sambrailo didn't fare much better. In 30 snaps played, he allowed 4 QB hurries and received a grade of 34.8, the second worst grade on the offense for Denver.
WR Demaryius Thomas was easily Denver's best wideout in this game, as he absolutely worked CB Delvin Breaux. When Breaux was in coverage, Thomas was targeted 7 times and caught 6 of those passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
It wasn't all bad for the Denver offensive line, as C Matt Paradis continues to dominate for this offense. His grade of 84.6 against the Saints led the Denver offense once again, and he continues to be the top graded center in 2016, with an overall grade of 89.2.
Drew Brees picked on T.J. Ward in coverage all game, and was very successful in doing so. Ward was targeted 6 times, and allowed 5 receptions for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brees' passer rating when throwing at Ward was a whopping 152.1.
OLB Von Miller wasn't necessarily "dominant" by his standards (game grade of 82.2), but he still was a problem for the Saints offense. Miller had 2 stops, 4 tackles, 4 QB hurries and a QB hit in 51 snaps played.
FS Darian Stewart led the Broncos defense with his game grade of 86.9, as he helped offset his partner T.J. Ward's rough game. Stewart was only targeted once in coverage, but he snagged two huge interceptions and recovered a game-changing fumble.
DE Jared Crick stuffed the state sheet, compiling 4 stops and 3 QB hurries while only playing 46 snaps. Crick is now tied for the 5th most QB hurries with 18 among 3-4 DE's in 2016.
The Denver defense really struggled against the deep ball in this game, as Drew Brees was 3 for 5 for 98 yards and a touchdown on throws 20+ yards down the field.
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