Monday, October 12, 2009
AFC West notes from Week 5
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
DENVER -- Welcome to the AFC West, where the Broncos have a 2.5 game lead over the 2-2 Chargers.
The following are some key numbers from ESPN’s Stats & Information:
Denver is getting better defensively as the game goes on. Denver is allowing 29.1 yards less a quarter in the final three quarter of the game. Fifteen of Denver’s 16 sacks have come after the first quarter. Seventeen of the 43 points Denver has allowed have come in the final three quarters of games.
Tom Brady completed one of seven passes for six yards when Denver sent five or more pass rushers. When Denver didn’t blitz, Brady was 18 of 26 for 209 yards.
Denver quarterback Kyle Orton was strong against the blitz. He completed 13 of 17 passes for 122 yards and had a 134.9 passers’ rating, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information.
The Broncos used the Wildcat formation significantly Sunday for the first time. The Broncos call it the “Wildhorse” and it worked well. Denver coach Josh McDaniels used the formation sparingly while in New England last season.
Orton’s coach at Purdue, Joe Tiller, was his guest at the game.
Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell threw just 13 times. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, it tied the NFL low for passing attempts by a team that lost by 35 points or more.
Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour is not making much of an impact. He had one tackle against the Giants.
Denver held New England receiver Randy Moss to one catch for 36 yards.
Denver receiver Brandon Marshall showed support for the Colorado Rockies. He was wearing a Rockies’ jersey and hard hat in his post-game interview.
Kansas City running back Larry Johnson’s struggles continued. He had 37 yards on 21 carries.
The Chiefs have now converted 14 of 68 third-down attempts.