Full Stat Predictions for Denver Broncos' Regular Season
We know the passing game will be on point, but the ground game's potential production is a huge question mark at this time.
Defensively the Broncos may struggle due to Von Miller's six game suspension. We'll see a mix of players worked in to take his spot during that time.
The schedule is setting up nicely for the Broncos to win double-digit games again this season. Let's take a look at how their players should produce in 2013.
5,013 Yards Passing, 39 TDs, 10 INTs, 67% Completion
We could see Manning throw for over 5,000 yards for the first time in his career. The Broncos added Wes Welker in free agency to strengthen an already dangerous passing game. The addition of Welker, plus the emergence of Julius Thomas, could help Manning reach heights never achieved before. The Broncos are a pass happy team and will use uptempo offensive plays to take defenses by surprise. A questionable ground game only means the Broncos will pass even more than some expect.
35 tackles, 15 assists, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed
Wolfe suffered a scary neck injury in the second preseason game but avoided serious injury and will be ready for the start of the regular season. The second year player could see the number of sacks double as this team looks for pass rushing help without Von Miller for the first six games of the season.
20 tackles, five assists, two sacks, one forced fumble
Ayers is mostly an edge setter for the Broncos' run defense. He's not going to put up big sack numbers but is a quality starter who does a good job of keeping contain.
15 tackles, seven assists, six sacks, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed
Jackson is an exciting second year player who could produce more than some think. He's not a refined pass rusher but Jackson plays with a ton of aggression, strength, and determination.
12 tackles, five assists, four sacks, one forced fumble
Smith was selected in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Western Kentucky. He's still recovering from a knee injury that cut his final season in college short. If healthy, Smith has the edge speed, length and ability to bend in order to create pressure on the quarterback.
30 tackles, 11 assists, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery
Vickerson is a team first player who can stuff the run. The Broncos may see a lot of teams try to run on them early in order to keep Peyton Manning and the offense on the sidelines. This will create greater numbers for the interior players on the defense.
20 tackles, 9 assists, five sacks, one forced fumble, two passes defensed
Williams was the Broncos' top pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He's functionally strong, can control the point of attack, and has a good closing burst to get after the quarterback.
14 tackles, 7 assists, one sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery
Knighton was added in free agency to help bolster the run defense. He worked under Jack Del Rio before during their time together with the Jaguars. Knighton's playing time will be cut into as the rookie Williams emerges.
12 tackles, 5 assists, one sack, one forced fumble
Unrein is a quality depth player for the Broncos but won't be on the field much in 2013.
75 tackles, 40 assists, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, seven passes defensed
Woodyard is a team-first player who is now going to be manning the middle of the defense for the Broncos. He's got a nose for the football and is clearly the Broncos leader on defense. Woodyard also has improved his coverage skills during his time in the NFL.
50 tackles, 20 assists, two sacks, one forced fumble, two fumbles recovered, two passes defensed
Trevathan now moves into the starting lineup for the Broncos as weak-side linebacker. He's built like Woodyard and is known for his athleticism and ability to close quickly on the football.
35 tackles, 10 assists, two sacks, two forced fumbles
Irving was supposed to win the starting middle linebacker job in training camp. That didn't happen and now he'll be rotating in as strong side linebacker while Von Miller is suspended.
35 tackles, 14 assists, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, two passes defensed
Phillips was a key addition by the Broncos in free agency this year. He was originally going to help fill the void left by Elvis Dumervil. Now, he's going to be the team's leading pass rusher while Miller is out for the first six weeks of the season.
40 tackles, 10 assists, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovered, three passes defensed
Miller is going to miss the first six games of the regular season due to a suspension. When he comes back to the field it should be with a vengeance. Miller may take a week or two to get up to speed but so long as he's healthy he should look like the player we're used to seeing on Sundays.
60 tackles, 10 assists, one sack, one forced fumble, two fumbles recovered, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed
Bailey is not quite the same player he used to be, and opposing quarterbacks should test him now more than they did in the past. He's up to the challenge and will see a statistical jump because of the added targets thrown his way.
45 tackles, 10 assists, one sack, one fumble recovered, four interceptions, 15 passes defensed
Rodgers-Cromartie was a key free agent addition for the Broncos this offseason. Playing opposite Bailey, we could see him targeted quite often. Opposing teams will have to go into pass happy mode in order to keep up with the Broncos offense.
40 tackles, 12 assists, one sack, one forced fumble, three interceptions, 12 passes defensed
Harris has emerged as a quality player for the Broncos, going undrafted in 2011. He can line up outside if injuries force him to do so. Harris is best served as a nickel corner for the Broncos. They used their nickel defense around 65 percent of the time in 2012, according to Andrew Mason of denverbroncos.com, and should do the same in 2013.
19 tackles, five assists, two sacks, two interceptions, nine passes defensed
Carter will once again work as a sub-package player for the Broncos in 2013. He's a gambler who doesn't back down from a challenge. Sometimes his chances pay off, and sometimes his chances get him burned.
65 tackles, 15 assists, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed
Moore has his confidence back and it's showing up on the practice field. He should be able to handle coverages better this year and get his hands on a few passes as quarterbacks will try to pick on him.
45 tackles, 15 assists, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, one interception, five passes defensed
Ihenacho has been the standout player of camp. He's always around the football and is known for making big hits. Those crushing blows will intimidate opponents and lead to a few forced fumbles in 2013. Ihenacho plays with a lot of fire and that should be infectious for the players around him on defense.
25 tackles, 10 assists, one forced fumble, one fumble recovered, five passes defensed
Adams lost his job as the starter with the emergence of Ihenacho. He still gives the team quality veteran depth at the position.
15 tackles, five assists, one fumble recovered, two passes defensed
Bruton is a special teams star for the Broncos but won't make much of an impact defensively.
30 field goals made, 35 field goals attempted
Prater will benefit from the Broncos offense and should be put into position for many field goals and extra points. Over the last five years he's average 80.6 percent on field goals and will be around that number again in 2013.
70 punts, 3,100 yards, 67 long, 0 blocked
Colquitt is one of the best punters in the game today. Last season he went without a punt getting blocked and regularly backed up opponents with his punts.
750 kick return yards, 350 punt return yards, four returns for touchdowns
Holliday is one of the most exciting returners in the league. He's dangerous every time he touches the ball because he could fumble, or take it to the house, at any time.
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