This is the continuation of the post that I am going to make a series - following the Broncos D's performance on 3rd and long (6 or more) throughout the season. After two games the Broncos had improved, but that is not saying much since they were so bad against Pittsburgh (allowing 7-9 3rd and longs to be converted, 78%). The Broncos improved a little against Atlanta, only allowing 3 of 7 to be converted, 43%. So he did the Broncos fare against the Texans?
The Broncos only allowed 2 of 7 3rd and longs to be converted. Here are all of the situations:
|3rd and 11 at DEN 49||Matt Schaub pass complete to Keshawn Martin for 18 yards to the DENVER 31 for a 1ST down.|
|3rd and 9 at HOU 21||Matt Schaub pass incomplete to Owen Daniels, broken up by Mike Adams.|
|3rd and 8 at DEN 49||Matt Schaub pass complete to Owen Daniels for 10 yards to the DENVER 39 for a 1ST down.|
|3rd and 9 at DEN 38||Matt Schaub pass intercepted by Wesley Woodyard at the DENVER 33, returned for 7 yards to the DENVER 40.|
|3rd and 6 at HOU 24||Matt Schaub pass incomplete to Kevin Walter.|
|3rd and 12 at DEN 23||Matt Schaub pass incomplete to Keshawn Martin, broken up by Chris Harris.|
|3rd and 12 at HOU 18||Matt Schaub pass complete to Keshawn Martin for 2 yards to the HOUSTON 20, tackled by Joe Mays.|
So the 29% conversion rate on 3rd and long is continued improvement from the D and is much more in line with what you expect. I still have not been able to find out what the NFL conversion rate was on 3rd and long last year. So the good news is that the Broncos 3rd and long D has improved. The bad news is that the D allowed the Texans to convert on 7-14 third down situations overall, so that the Texans were 5-7 converting on 3rd and short or medium. Overall the team is allowing 23-46 (50%) conversion on the season on 3rd down. For comparison sake, the Chargers were the worst team in the league last season and they allowed 49% conversion on 3rd downs. Right now the Broncos are tied for 3rd worst in the league (with the Faiders) at allowing 3rd down conversions. The two teams who are currently worse are the Falcons (51%) and the Jets (56%). The Texans are currently the best team in the league allowing only 22% conversion on 3rd down.
Looking at the offensive 3rd down conversion numbers, the Broncos have faced the #1 (Pitt), #2 (ATL) and #6 (HOU) teams in the league. So they have been able to convert against both us an their other opponents as well.
The season is long and hopefully the D will continue to get better (although there was some regression against the Texans). Go Broncos! Let's stick it to the Faiders this week!