This one was painful to watch live and even more painful to watch a second time. This was a game that was not only very winnable but given the injuries to the Broncos, should have been a win. I can’t help but wonder if we were caught napping a bit. Unfortunately, this one ended up as a 24-20 loss and dropped the team to 6-4.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Turner (25/81, 2 TD), Norwood (4/18), Ryan (5/18) and Snelling (1/-3). Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner, 7 ; Norwood, 1 and Ryan, 2. Outside of a few select runs, the Broncos really bottled up the running game. With Denver being in the bottom 5 or 6 of rushing defenses, this shouldn’t have happened.
Breakdown of passes:
Ryan: 20/33, 250 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 5 Bad passes, 5 Drops, 1 Pass Defended, 1 bad route and 1 thrown away. Outside of the INT, stat line would have been much better had Roddy had a better receiving game.
Drops (5): White, 4 and Peelle, 1.
YTD Drops (25):
White – 11
Douglas – 3
Jenkins – 3
Finneran – 3
Turner – 1
Peele – 2
Norwood – 1
Jennings – 1
Receiving: White (5/102) led the team in yards and catches. Jenkins also had 5 catches. Unfortunately, Roddy dropped almost as many as he caught.
Run blocking: Had trouble opening up holes for the most part against a banged up Denver defense.
Pass blocking: No sacks and not a ton of pressure on Ryan.
Sack responsibility (0): None
YTD Sacks (12):
Justin Blalock – 2.0
Todd Weiner – 1.5
Tyson Clabo – 1.0
Busted Play – 1.0
Matt Ryan – 3.0
Wayne Gandy – 1.0
Quinn Ojinnaka – 1.0
Jerious Norwood – 1.0
Jason Snelling – 0.5
Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: Allowed well over 100 yards to a bunch of backups.
Pass Defense: Very solid until the second half.
Sacks (1): The lone sack is credited to Jonathan Babineaux.
Norwood had 4 kickoff returns:1-from the 0, 20 yards. 2-from the 5, 26 yards. 3-from the endzone, 17 yards. 4-from the 7, 17 yards.
Douglas had 1 kickoff return: 1. from the 1, 22 yards.
Mediocre kickoff return day.
Douglas had 2 punt return opportunities: 1. from the 20, 9 yards; 2. from the 40, fair catch. One fair catch by Finneran.
Koenen had 2 punts: 1-34 yards to the 40, no return. 2-28 yards to the 15, no return.
Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1-to the -1, 20 yard return. 2-to the 4, 58 yard return. 3-to the 1, 40 yard return. 4-to the 2, 21 yard return. 5-to the -3, 20 yard return.
Field Goals: 2/2 Good from 46 and 36.
Special Teams coverage: Outside of 2 kickoff returns it was very good.
Things that really need improvement (no change):
1. Cover the middle of the field better in pass coverage (especially Tight Ends). Maybe move Brooking to SLB and Boley to WLB as well as nickel LB?
2. Eliminate 3rd and long conversions by opposition.
3. Defensive consistency in the second half.
Offensive MVP: Matt Ryan (250 yards)
Defensive MVP: Lawyer Milloy (8 tackles)
Special Teams MVP: Curtis Lofton (2 tackles)
Goat of the Week: Roddy White (dropped 4 passes including the game winner)
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:
Next up: VS. Carolina Panthers, November 23rd!