The Denver Broncos have always been known to have great defense. Even over the last few years when the offense wasn’t always there, the defense was. A large part of that was due to Vic Fangio, who was in large part great with defense as a head coach. However, last year wasn’t the best.
The defense is stacked this year. They have Justin Simmons who is one of the best safeties in football. They have Patrick Surtain who is destined to be one of the best corners in the league, if not the best.
Then they have Bradley Chubb, who can hit the quarterback with the best of them, and Randy Gregory, who does everything well.
There is a stat that shows just how much the defense has gotten better already. From last year to two games into this year, the defense has shown improvements in a few different areas, but none more than this one.
Broncos improving in key defensive stats already
We all saw the Super Bowl in 2015, where the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers. While we love Peyton Manning, I think we can all agree the defense was insane during that Super Bowl to run. The ‘No-Fly Zone’ was truly something special.
That year, the Bronco’s defense had 35 turnover opportunities. They finished with 13 interceptions, hence the name ‘No-Fly Zone,’ and finished with 22 forced fumbles. They also finished with 50 sacks. That defense is known around the league as one of the greatest of all time.
In 17 games last year, the Broncos finished with six forced fumbles. This year, they are already at five in two games. While this likely won’t stick, the Broncos are on pace for 42 forced fumbles in 2022, showing some tendencies of the 2015 defense, that went on to win it all.
While fumble recoveries are more of a luck stat, literally it’s whoever lands on the ball, forced fumbles show opportunities the team is creating to get the ball back, which is great.
The offense may be struggling so far this season, but the defense certainly isn’t. They have allowed just 13 points per game in two games, and have allowed the third-fewest total yards of any team in the league.
This defense has insane potential, and so far, I like the way defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero is coaching them up. I think we can see this team turn into one of the league’s best by the year’s end, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone.
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