Man, that was some beating our defense took from a lot of guys here at MHR yesterday when allowing 19 points against the Jaguars.
But how bad is it really? How bad is this defense? Pretty bad if you compare it to let's say the Chiefs. But let's look at some stats.
The Broncos are tied for 7th in points allowed per game at 26.3. That's not very good. But take away the Cowboys 48 points last week, and Denver has allowed 18.3 points per game. That's definitely better. In addition, Jacksonville really only scored 12 points on our defense yesterday when you take away the pick six and the PAT.
That's by far the lowest all season for this team. Not counting the Cowboys game where obviously we lost key starters on every other play, Denver's defense allowed (in order) 27, 23, 21, 20, 12 per game. That puts the team just around last year's 18.1 points/game - good enough for 4th in the league last year.
Now I know that every game counts, so I can't just rule out the Cowboys game. But take into account, that we were without Von Miller and Champ Bailey and lost Robert Ayers, Chris Harris and Wesley Woodyard pretty early in that game.
Yesterday against the Jaguars Champ and Harris were back. And besides Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville didn't do anything on offense. Next week we will have Von Miller back as well - perhaps THE best defender in the NFL. It's very probable that Woodyard will be back. And Malik Jackson is turning out to be pretty good.
I'm not saying this is one of the best defenses in the NFL. It's not. Yet.
But I wouldn't count out this unit just yet.