Today's Team Stats

The Denver Broncos dominate in nearly all of the official game stats, but escape with only a three point victory. So what's the problem?

The Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Denver Broncos all stand at 4-1 after the first five weeks of the NFL 2004 season, yet the parity between these teams is miles apart when it comes to the Denver Broncos.

While the Broncos have been fortunate enough to secure the victories, their method and execution leave much to be desired, leaving many to question how long this good fortune may last.  A quick look at the recent struggles at running back and red zone efficiency point more to good luck than good offensive production.

Today's match up clearly show the Broncos dominating in nearly every category (marked in bold), except the scoreboard, where they managed a mere three point victory. Despite this domination, the outcome once again came down to a single digit victory, secured by six special team points, off two Jason Elam field goals.

As the season wears on Denver must find a way to generate its best offensive weapons, without relying on the defense or special teams to bail out their ineffectivness.

 

TEAM STATS PANTHERS BRONCOS
1st Downs 12 23
Rushing 6 8
Passing 5 12
Penalty 1 3
3rd-Down Conversions 5-12 4-10
4th-Down Conversions 0-0 0-1
     
Punts-Average 5-48.2 3-51.0
Return Yards 147 31
Punts-Returns 3-30 2-10
Kickoffs-Returns 1-16 2-21
Int.-Returns 2-101 0-0
Penalties-Yards 9-88 4-37
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Time Of Pos. 26:51 33:09
     
Total Net Yards 227 434
Total Plays 47 67
Average Gain 4.8 6.5
     
Net Yards Rushing 64 210
Rushes 26 37
Avg. Per Rush 2.5 5.7
     
Net Yards Passing 163 224
Comp.-Att. 13-20 17-29
Yards Per Pass 7.8 7.5
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-10 1-2
Had Intercepted 0 2
     
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing 1 0
Passing 1 2
Other 0 0
     
Extra Points 2-2 2-2
Field Goals 1-2 2-2
Red Zone Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Goal To Go Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Safeties 0 0



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