Denver Broncos In Focus: Week 14 At Tennessee Titans

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Working closely with the NFL's leading advanced metrics site, Pro Football Focus, we're able to delve deeper into the Denver Broncos 13-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans for our premium members. Not all of these advanced metrics are still available to the public. 

The Good

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Emmanuel Sanders was superb in this one, as he caught 11 of the 14 passes thrown his way for 100 yards and a touchdown. Trevor Siemian's rating when targeting Sanders was 120.2, and a very respectable 99.1 when targeting Demaryius Thomas. Sanders finished with a 73.0 grade. 

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Demaryius Thomas had his highest-graded game of the season on Sunday, finishing at 82.9. He made several nice catches and put his team in position to make plays, but Sanders and Thomas were targeted 14 and 15 times, respectively. Each made 11 catches on the day and were seemingly the only offense that Denver could muster. 

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Trevor Siemian was terrific against the blitz, as he was 7-of-10 for 71 yards, a touchdown and a passer rating of 123.3 when the Titans sent an extra rusher. However, on plays when he was not blitzed, his rating dropped all the way down to a 85.8.

Siemian struggled with the deep ball, as he only completed 1-of-5 passes that traveled 20+ yards down the field. Out of 16 qualified quarterbacks this week, Siemian ranked 14th in deep ball accuracy.

Siemian was 7th out of 25 qualified quarterbacks this week in passer rating off play-action at 106.9, which is much higher than where he is for the season at 86 and ranked 23rd out of 30.

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Once again, Von Miller was the dominant force on the Broncos defense, but he did in a different style this week. His grade of 80.0 once again led the defense, but it was his run defense that stood out. He compiled 7 tackle to go along with 4 stops, showing he is not just a one-dimensional pass rusher.

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The Denver secondary was not tested much in this game, but they were extremely stingy when they were targeted. Chris Harris, Jr. finished with a 78.5 grade

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Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr. were thrown at a combined 8 times, and they only allowed 2 receptions. Talib finished with a 75.1 grade. 

The Bad

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It was a rough day for LT Russell Okung, as he not only was the lowest graded player on the Broncos offense with a grade of 42.8, but he also allowed 7 of the 15 QB hurries the Titans had for the game.

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The Achilles heels for the offense on the day were the two fumbles and the offensive tackles, who allowed 11 total pressures by themselves.

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Safety T.J. Ward can be susceptible to getting burned in pass coverage, but in this game, he struggled with his tackling. He missed 3 tackles, two of which came when defending the run, which tied him for the most among safeties this week.

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ILB Todd Davis had the lowest grade on the Broncos defense this week at 33.6, and he also missed his first tackle of 2016.

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Out of 18 qualified 3-4 defensive ends, Derek Wolfe ranked 14th in pass rushing productivity this week, which is a surprise, as he is currently ranked 5th for the season.

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