By the numbers: Denver’s Week 2 win over Indianapolis

The Broncos head to Cincinnati next weekend to see if they can keep this run going. But before they do, here are some numbers that mattered from Sunday.

A Broncos flag waves in the breeze during the unveiling of Broncos Boulevard in front of the City and County Building. Sept. 7, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Broncos moved to 2-0 Sunday. Here are the number that mattered from their win over Indy. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

For the fourth straight season, the Denver Broncos started the year 2-0.

Denver staved off the Colts’ last-gasp effort Sunday when Von Miller sacked Andrew Luck and dislodged a ball that Shane Ray scooped and scored.

The Broncos head to Cincinnati next weekend to see if they can keep this run going. But before they do, here are some numbers that mattered from Sunday.

5 — Since signing with Denver in 2014, Aqib Talib has returned five of the eight passes he’s picked off for touchdowns. The fiery cornerback had another one in Sunday’s win. On third-and-15, he read Andrew Luck’s eyes and jumped the route. Not bad for a guy who got shot three months ago. Talib has nine career pick-sixes, which ranks fourth all-time.

10 — Times the Broncos’ defense has scored multiple touchdowns in a game. On Sunday, Denver recorded a pair in the fourth quarter. Talib’s came first, and it extended the Broncos lead to 23-13. Miller’s strip-sack and Ray’s run-in, which put the game on ice, came with less than 2 minutes remaining. Speaking of Miller…

64 — The number of sacks Denver’s goofy pass rusher has recorded in 74 regular-season games. Miller already ranks 12th on the list of most sacks in seasons one through six, and he has 14 games to go this year. Party party.

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2 — Quarterback Trevor Siemian has mostly played it safe in his first two NFL starts. On Sunday, he only attempted two passes that traveled 20-plus yards in the air, according to Pro Football Focus. If you thought you saw the Denver offense do a lot of dinking and dunking, you were correct.

68.8 — OK, so we know Siemian was conservative. But when he was blitzed, he did manage to complete 68.8 percent of his passes. He connected on 11 of 16 passes for 175 yards when Indianapolis sent extra pass rushers. That’s a positive.

0 — The number of pressures Broncos’ center Matt Paradis has allowed in two games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the top center in the NFL through Week 2. The Broncos’ offensive line looks much improved from a year ago. Paradis, along with new bookends Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson, are big reasons why.

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Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.