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Kyle Orton was Sacked in His First Snap Against the Ravens Last Year
Without a running game, Kyle Orton has had to carry the Denver Broncos on his back. In that role, he has led the league with 1419 yards (67.4% completion rate) and six TDs. However, another stat that the offensive line may not be fond of is the 11 times he has been sacked. Six of those sacks came last week against a vicious, dirty, and as Orton indicated "cheap" Tennessee Titan defense. This upcoming week, the Broncos face a defense known for their toughness, the Baltimore Ravens.
This season, two of the other three quarterbacks with 11 or more sacks are out this week. Most notably, is Jay Cutler who has been sacked 17 times thus far this season, who was knocked out with a concussion. The other injured quarterback with 11 or more sacks is Michael Vick, who suffered a rib injury trying to score in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins. Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos may end up grounded if the offensive line doesn't step up.