Inside The Bills

Jekyll & Hyde for Denver ‘D’ inside their 30

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2014 – 12:25 pm

The Broncos defense is a top 10 unit in several key categories like total defense, run defense, pass defense and third down defense. But something happens when opponents crack Denver’s 30-yard line and their ability to stop teams takes a turn for the worse.

Once opponents are inside the Broncos’ 30, Denver gives up touchdowns at a rate of almost 59 percent, the third-highest rate in the NFL (58.7%). That’s more than 10 percent above the league average (47.9%).

Defending their red zone isn’t much better. When opponents move inside the Broncos’ 20-yard line they rank a mere 27th in the league giving up touchdowns almost two-thirds of the time (64.1%). That’s welcome news for a Bills offense that has struggled mightily in the red zone so far this season ranking 30th (41%).

Kyle Orton knows the importance of making the Broncos’ defensive figures inside their own 30 hold to form.

“These types of games third down in the red zone is a four-point play and third down staying on the field is even bigger,” said Orton.

Perhaps the most encouraging figure for Orton is the collective passer rating of quarterbacks that have faced the Broncos this season. Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a rating of 120.7 against Denver inside their own 30-yard line. It’s the highest passer rating allowed in that area of the field in the entire league.

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