The Denver Broncos have reached the halfway point in the 2013 regular season. Even though they are no longer undefeated, I still consider them the team to beat in the AFC West. Taking that even further, most consider the Broncos the team to beat in the entire league.
Through eight games the team has a 7-1 record. This is good for second place in the AFC West at this time. The Kansas City Chiefs remain as the league’s only undefeated team with an 8-0 record.
After the team’s Week 8 win over the Washington Redskins, Eric Decker commented on getting back on the winning track. “We would like to be 8-0, but we have played some tough teams. This win is especially big going into our bye week. We have to stay with Kansas City [Chiefs] because we have them coming back from the bye. It was a big momentum win for us.”
The Broncos have the league’s best offense. They have the top passing offense in the NFL, averaging 361.3 passing yards per game. Denver also leads the NFL with an average of 42.8 points scored per game.
Denver’s run defense is the best in the league as well. They only allow an average of 77.1 rushing yards per game through eight games.
However, their pass defense ranks as the worst in the NFL. They allow an average of 319.9 yards passing per game. Those numbers are a bit skewed as opponents are forced to abandon balance when playing Denver. Teams will go into a pass-happy mode (sometimes early) in order to try and catch up to the Broncos.
The Broncos special teams rates as one of the best in the league as well. This gives them a well-rounded team, with strength in all three facets of the game.
Let’s take a look at each position on the roster and hand out grades for their performance so far.
All quotes and injury/practice observations obtained firsthand. Record information provided via email from the Denver Broncos.