Defense may win championships but big plays on offense will always be sexy. In the victory over the Seahawks, Denver’s offense put up big numbers in both phases of the offense. After suffering through the last two seasons, those big numbers were a pleasant site for the sore eyes of Broncos Country.
In the victory, Denver had 32 rushing attempts for 146 yards and Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman were each able to average 4.7 yards per carry. In the passing game, Case Keenum completed 25-of-39 attempts for 329 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
The turnovers were a big concern. Leaving points on the board against talented teams like the Seahawks will usually lead to a loss.
The silver lining for Broncos fans should be that the offense was generally able to move the ball at will. If the Broncos can match that offensive production while eliminating the turnovers, this team is going to be very dangerous in 2018.
Looking at the stat sheet, guys like Keenum, Lindsay and Emmanuel Sanders stand out. Sanders led the Broncos with ten receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown. It was the play of the offensive line in the trenches that made it all possible though.
Week 1 against the Seahawks, the Broncos offensive line kept their QB free from pressure on 85.0% of his dropbacks – the best mark by a Broncos offensive line since Week 15 of the 2014 season. #BroncosCountry
— PFF DEN Broncos (@PFF_Broncos) September 10, 2018
According to Pro Football Focus, the offensive line kept Keenum clean on 85 percent of his dropbacks Sunday, which was Denver’s best performance since Week 15 of the 2014 season. In that particular game, the Broncos defeated the Chargers, 22-10.
There is much football to be played this season, but seeing how well the line performed on Sunday was definitely a good sign for what this offense can accomplish if guys stay healthy.