Superman sure showed up to day.....and no it wasn't that wannabe Cam Newton.
Wow, what a great collective effort by our defense! After the first Carolina score, the defense got hungry and boy did they feast. Speaking from personal experience, I can't remember a previous Broncos game when the defense was so dominant. Cam couldn't run, Cam couldn't hide and in the end our guys exposed Cam for the fraud he is. Am I going of the top here? Nope, relentless pressure + bad decisions + holding the ball too long = overrated (Cam) and eatin' greedy, let's take a look at some of the numbers our defense put up:
- 8 three and outs (14 drives)
- Perfect on 3rd downs (Panthers 0-12)
- 52 yards rushing on 21 plays (2.5 yards per carry)
- 250 yards total on 64 plays (3.9 yards per play)
- 2 forced fumbles, 2 INT's (including a pick 6)
- 1 safety
- 7 sacks by 6 different players (Big Vick had two, Chris Harris, Von Miller, Mike Adams, Robert Ayers, Elvis Dumervil, and Tony Carter each had 1). Notice that our secondary accounted for 4 of them---nice looks by Jack Del Rio all game.
- Through the air, Cam Newton averaged just 4.6 yards per throw
Now taking a look at 3rd downs, the Broncos D allowed -12 yards on 12 plays----that's not a typo NEGATIVE 12 YARDS ON 12 PLAYS....in fact let's take a look at all 3rd downs:
3rd and 4, Cam sacked by Von Miller for -6 yards
3rd and 8, Cam incomplete pass
3rd and 4, Cam sacked by Doom for no gain---fumbles, recovered by Panthers
3rd and 10, Cam incomplete pass
3rd and 18, Cam 8-yard pass
3rd and 10, Cam scrambles for 4 yards
3rd and 2, Cam sacked by Big Vick for -9 yards
3rd and 10, Cam sacked by Harris for - 3 yards
3rd and 2, Cam stopped on run up the middle by Von for -4 yards
3rd and 14, Cam incomplete pass
3rd and 19, Cam sacked by Mike Adams (-2 yards) for safety
3rd and 6, Cam throws INT to Rahim Moore
So if you're looking for Cam Newton's statline for the game on 3rd down, it would be:
1-5, 8 yards, 0TD, 1INT, 5 sacks, 2 rushes, 0 yards DOMINANCE!!!
Here's a quick look at how the Broncos D fared on each down:
2.5 yards per play rushing
7.3 yards per play passing
4.5 yards per play rushing
4.8 yards per play passing
4 yards per play rushing
-1.5 yards per play passing
Overall they were stingy on 1st and 2nd down which led to the seven 3rd and longs.
I don't know about you folks, but with the way our defense has been dominant on 3rd down, forced sacks, gotten pressure, and forced turnovers----they very well may be as strong as our offense which had a rough day. After seeing this performance today and in recent weeks, I for one am not afraid to proclaim that Broncos Country once again has the "Orange Crush" How about you MHR, do you agree?
Who was your defensive MVP today Broncos Country?
Kevin Vickerson (42 votes)
Von Miller (654 votes)
Robert Ayers (64 votes)
Chris Harris (8 votes)
Tony Carter (29 votes)
797 total votes