4:15 PM ET, October 7, 2007
Invesco Field, Denver, CO
|Bucking The Broncos|
From their 15-14 season-opening victory over the Buffalo Bills to Sunday's 41-3 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos defense has steadily gone downhill from week to week.
|Opp||Pts allowed||Total yds allowed|
The Chargers jumped all over the Broncos early in the game, and Denver couldn't recover. Denver continues to be terrible when playing from behind because its defense can't stop and get off the field. San Diego had 214 yards rushing, including 147 by backup Michael Turner. Denver was manhandled at the point of attack, and its linebackers consistently were out of position. San Diego used its patented cut-back runs against an over-pursuing Denver unit that does not recover well when it is out of position. Denver is going to continue having trouble stopping the run if it doesn't play with more discipline, better gap integrity and more control on the second level. San Diego didn't do anything special running the ball. Instead, it was more of the same old mistakes by an undisciplined Denver front seven.
-- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||8.8||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||06:26||Philip Rivers 2 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick)||7||0|
|TD||06:15||Brandon Siler 23 Yd Fumble Return (Nate Kaeding Kick)||14||0|
|FG||11:23||Nate Kaeding 26 Yd||17||0|
|FG||01:15||Jason Elam 30 Yd||17||3|
|FG||00:00||Nate Kaeding 45 Yd||20||3|
|TD||09:20||Antonio Gates 9 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||27||3|
|TD||00:07||Vincent Jackson 15 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||34||3|
|TD||09:42||Michael Turner 74 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick)||41||3|