Broncos Season Review: A by-the-numbers look at offense

Among the 10 lowest-scoring teams in the NFL. Again. Among the bottom half in yards. Again. Among the seven worst teams on third down. Again.

But at least the Broncos’ young offensive players got experience during the 5-11 season. Five first- or second-year players saw at least 500 snaps of action.

Going young generally equals struggles and poor statistics. The Broncos checked both boxes this past season. Following is a statistical review of the Broncos’ offense via The Denver Post’s game charting and supplemented by Stats, Inc.:

In the rankings

The Broncos’ offensive rankings at the season’s quarter marks:

Yards (rank)
Points (rank)

After Game 4
289.3 (29th)
20.5 (28th)

336.6 (27th)
21.8 (27th)

After Game 12
325.6 (25th)
18.8 (31st)

335.6 (23rd)
20.2 (28th)

High yardage game: 459 in win vs. Miami.

Low yardage game: 112 in loss vs. New Orleans.

High scoring game: 37 in win at New York Jets.

Low scoring game: Three in loss vs. New Orleans.

Playing time: 1,075 snaps

QB: Drew Lock 834, Jeff Driskel 115 and Brett Rypien 83.

RB: Melvin Gordon 627, Phillip Lindsay 270, Royce Freeman 192, Jeremy Cox 19 and LeVante Bellamy 9.

WR: Jerry Jeudy 805, Tim Patrick 750, DaeSean Hamilton 533, KJ Hamler 521, Tyrie Cleveland 72, Diontae Spencer 64, Courtland Sutton 31, Kendall Hinton 24 and Fred Brown 5.

TE: Noah Fant 732, Nick Vannett 361, Troy Fumagalli 135, Jake Butt 114, Albert Okwuegbunam 86 and Andrew Beck 66.

OL: Lloyd Cushenberry 1,075, Garett Bolles 1,014, Dalton Risner 999, Graham Glasgow 764, Elijah Wilkinson 502, Demar Dotson 451, Austin Schlottmann 268, Calvin Anderson 132, Netane Muti 121 and Jake Rodgers 51.

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The Broncos’ season-high for offensive snaps was 80 in the loss to Las Vegas (second meeting) and the low was 43 in the loss to New Orleans. … The  Broncos used five offensive line combinations, the most common being Bolles-Risner-Cushenberry-Glasgow-Wilkinson and Bolles-Risner-Cushenberry-Wilkinson-Dotson for six games apiece. … Jeudy led the receivers in playing time only once (vs. Kansas City). Patrick led nine times.

Making big plays

Any rush of at least 12 yards and completion of at least 16 yards is considered an “explosive” play.

The Broncos had 113 explosive plays (79 passes/34 rushes) for an average of 7.1 per game. They had 101 in 2018 and 93 in 2019.

The high total this year was 14 at Pittsburgh and the low total was two vs. New Orleans (replacement QB).

Explosive rushes: Melvin Gordon 15, Phillip Lindsay 11, Drew Lock 4, Royce Freeman 3 and KJ Hamler 1.

Explosive receptions: Jerry Jeudy 23, Tim Patrick 17, Noah Fant 13, Hamler 9, DaeSean Hamilton 5, Albert Okwuegbunam 3, Gordon 2, Courtland Sutton 2, Tyrie Cleveland 2, Freeman 1, Nick Vannett 1 and Troy Fumagalli 1.

The longest pass play was Lock’s 92-yard touchdown to Jeudy vs. Las Vegas (Week 17). The longest rush was a 55-yard touchdown by Lindsay vs. the Chargers (Week 8).

Scoring story

The Broncos’ 323 points were up from the 2019 total of 282 points. The Broncos eclipsed 25 points in five games (3-2 record).

The offense scored 21 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns.

The average length of the passing touchdowns was 19.3 yards. Four were at least 40 yards …read more

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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