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The AFC West by the numbers: defense. Tackling, sacking and intercepting.

The Denver Broncos are now definitively in the hunt for the playoffs. We are in the 2nd place in our division, where the Raiders are leading. The fact is that our schedule is a bit 'easier' and that's why we are a real contender to take it. We can't discard the Chargers, but they are not showing a great football. And the Chiefs have just lost their starting QB.

So, after 11 weeks (10 games) and a real post-season possibilty, I think we have an enough sample to evaluate our players' perfomances. It's fair enough to compare them with the other AFC West players. So, after the jump, here we go with the defense.

 

T A C K L E S (at least 35)
TEAM PLAYER SOLO AST TOTAL
KC Derrick Johnson, LB 62 21 83
OAK Tyvon Branch, S 51 25 76
DEN Wesley Woodyard, LB 50 19 69
SD Donald Butler, LB 51 13 64
SD Takeo Spikes, LB 35 27 62
KC Jovan Belcher, LB 38 22 60
SD Eric Weddle, S 48 10 58
OAK Rolando McClain, LB 35 16 51
DEN Joe Mays, LB 43 7 50
DEN Von Miller, LB 38 10 48
DEN D.J. Williams, LB 33 11 44
KC Tamba Hali, LB 27 15 42
KC Brandon Flowers, CB 34 8 42
OAK Kamerion Wimbley, LB 34 7 41
DEN Chris Harris, CB 33 8 41
SD Antonio Garay, DT 26 13 39
DEN Brian Dawkins, S 25 11 36
KC Jon McGraw, S 25 11 36
OAK Matt Giordano, S 27 9 36
KC Kendrick Lewis, S 31 5 36
KC Glenn Dorsey, DE 15 20 35

 

S A C K S (at least 1.5)
TEAM PLAYER SACKS FF REC
DEN Von Miller, LB 9.5 3 0
KC Tamba Hali, LB 7.0 1 0
OAK Kamerion Wimbley, LB 6.0 0 0
SD Antwan Barnes, LB 6.0 2 0
OAK Tommy Kelly, DT 5.5 1 1
OAK Richard Seymour, DT 5.0 0 0
DEN Elvis Dumervil, DE 3.5 0 0
DEN D.J. Williams, LB 3.0 2 1
SD Shaun Phillips, LB 3.0 0 0
DEN Ryan McBean, DT 3.0 0 0
OAK Desmond Bryant, DT 3.0 1 0
DEN Brian Dawkins, S 2.0 0 0
SD Antonio Garay, DT 2.0 0 0
DEN Jonathan Wilhite, CB 2.0 0 0
KC Wallace Gilberry, DE 2.0 2 0
DEN Robert Ayers, DE 2.0 1 1
SD Larry English, LB 2.0 0 0
OAK Jarvis Moss, DE 1.5 0 0
I N T E R C E P T I O N S
TEAM PLAYER PASS DEF INT
SD Eric Weddle, S 6 5
KC Brandon Flowers, CB 15 4
OAK Matt Giordano, S 3 3
KC Kendrick Lewis, S 6 3
DEN Champ Bailey, CB 5 2
KC Jon McGraw, S 4 2
OAK Stanford Routt, CB 9 2
KC Brandon Carr, CB 6 2
DEN Andre' Goodman, CB 4 1
SD Shaun Phillips, LB 3 1
OAK Tommy Kelly, DT 3 1
KC Derrick Johnson, LB 6 1
KC Travis Daniels, CB 1 1
OAK Michael Huff, S 3 1
OAK Chinedum Ndukwe, S 1 1
SD Paul Oliver, S 2 1
SD Antoine Cason, CB 8 1
OAK Tyvon Branch, S 2 1
DEN Jonathan Wilhite, CB 2 1
SD Donald Butler, LB 1 1
OAK Lamarr Houston, DE 3 1
DEN Cassius Vaughn, CB 4 1
SD Marcus Gilchrist, CB 3 1
OAK DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB 4 1
DEN Rahim Moore, S 1 1
DEN Chris Harris, CB 4 1

 

Any thoughts about it? Do these numbers reflect our real defensive perfomance? Do they tell the whole story? Are we a real contender to a post-season appearance?

GO BRONCOS!

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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