Getting mollywhopped on national television doesn’t seem fun. That’s what happened to the Denver Broncos in a 30-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night.
On Monday, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak sounded ready to turn the page:
Ahead is a road game against the 4-4 New Orleans Saints. But before we flip that page, or whatever metaphor you prefer, let’s take one last look back at Denver’s loss Sunday.
Here it is by the numbers:
218 — You’re probably familiar with this one by now. Denver gave up 218 rushing yards to the Raiders. It was the most rushing yards the Broncos surrendered have since Week 5 of 2012. Oakland ripped off 5.1 yards per rush on 43 carries.
The Broncos, meanwhile, rushed for only 33 yards. That 185-yard disparity helped Oakland hold onto the ball for 41:28, while Denver possessed it for 18:32. Time of possession is often a misleading stat. In this case, though, it was a good barometer of how dominant Oakland was.
104 — The Broncos committed 12 penalties for 104 yards. It was the second time this season Denver committed double-digit penalties for triple-digit yards. The other? Week 6 against San Diego, when the Broncos were flagged 12 times for 103 yards.
20 — The Raiders scored 20 first-half points. That …. hadn’t happened to the Broncos in a long time.
16 – Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 16 of 18 throws on passes less than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. He only completed 4 of 12 passes that traveled more than 10 yards past the LOS. The formula for success against this Broncos defense seems to be: Run the ball effectively, and when you do throw, get it out quick.
21 — Broncos QB Trevor Siemian was pressured 21 times, according to Pro Football Focus. He dropped back to pass 39 times. So, essentially, he faced pressure on more than half of his passing attempts. Siemian’s passer rating with a clean pocket was 110.6. Under pressure, it dropped to 53.4. The offensive line didn’t do a good job of protecting him.
10 — Broncos running backs Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs rushed for just 33 yards on 12 carries. (This stat was also courtesy of PFF.) Amazingly, only 10 of those yards came before contact. Ten! This was another good metric showing how much Denver’s O-line is struggling. The Broncos have issues everywhere on offense, but I think they start with the line.
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