Denver Broncos: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#6)

Last week: 9 (+3)

Record: 4-3

The Broncos rank 2nd in the league in yards per play differential at 1.4, just .1 behind San Francisco, who has looked untouchable for weeks in that category. No one else is above 0.7. They rank just 9th in rate of sustaining drives differential, thanks to a 3rd down defense that 20th. However, they were much better in this area against the Saints in a complete, shut down victory. New Orleans went just 1 of 12 on 3rd down.

The Broncos rank 6th in the league against both the pass and the run on a per play basis and Peyton Manning is playing like vintage Peyton Manning right now, if not better, as he’s completed 107 of 142 for 1289 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 1 interception in his last 4 games. On the season, he’s completing 68.5% of his passes for an average of 8.2 YPA, 17 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions, all ahead of career averages. And they’re doing this all against the league’s toughest schedule so far, in terms of opponent’s winning percentage. The rest of the way, they have the easiest schedule. It’s weird to think that just 6 quarters, they looked on the verge of 2-4 and done.

Studs

QB Peyton Manning: 22 of 30 for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns, 1 hit as thrown, 1 drop, 113.8 adjusted QB rating

RB Willis McGahee: Rushed for 122 yards (61 after contact) and a touchdown on 23 attempts, 3 broken tackles, 1 fumble, caught 2 passes for 33 yards on 2 attempts

LT Ryan Clady: Did not allow a pressure on 33 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 14 yards on 5 attempts

RT Orlando Franklin: Did not allow a pressure on 33 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 37 yards on 6 attempts

RG Chris Kuper: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 33 pass block snaps, run blocked for 31 yards on 4 attempts

WR Demaryius Thomas: Caught 7 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown on 9 attempts on 31 pass snaps, 6.0 YAC per catch

ROLB Von Miller: 2 quarterback hits and 4 quarterback hurries on 31 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 stop

LOLB Wesley Woodyard: 8 solo tackles, 4 assist, 6 stops, 1 stop, allowed 3 catches for 13 yards on 6 attempts, 1 interception, 1 sack on 11 blitzes

CB Champ Bailey: Allowed 3 catches for 31 yards on 7 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 6 solo tackles, 1 stop

CB Chris Harris: Allowed 1 catch for 7 yards on 4 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

CB Tony Carter: Allowed 3 catches for 29 yards on 6 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 2 solo tackles, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle

K Matt Prater: 6 kickoffs, 6 touch backs, 75.0 yards per kickoff, 20.0 opponent’s average starting distance, 2/2 FG (33, 33)

Duds

RE Elvis Dumervil: 1 quarterback hurry on 41 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 solo tackle

MLB Danny Trevathan: Allowed 4 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 2 solo tackles, 1 missed tackle

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