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The picture of DannyTrevathan with his hand firmly on that ball is what I like to see!

The Denver Broncos' now hold the The dubious distinction of being the worst in the league at holding onto the ball. Eight Fumbles Lost & No Excuses! We aren't even counting the ones we recovered.

We rarely even consider the increased risk of injury when a scramble for the ball insues? I held my breath until Decker came out from under that pile with the ball on Sunday, and it had nothing to do with whether or not he came up with the ball!

The crazy part is that so many of them have been flat out give aways - balls lost due to a lack of concentration, a failure to stay focused, & just plain old sloppy play! John Fox & Adam Gase had best do their jobs and get these drops corrected this week, or bench the culprits!

We don't even realize how lucky we are that Peyton hasn't thrown 16 INT's like his little brother Eli, or we would be right down there in the basement rolling the dice with the Giants. The Giants have lost 7 fumbles themselves, and when you add 16 INT's, it's no wonder they are 0 - 6!

Between 8 fumbles and two INT's we've given up 10 scoring opportunities, but the fortunate thing is that our Defense has 9 INT's and 1 Fumble Recovery to bring us to a BIG FAT ZERO in the GA/TA Differential. This is the third week in a row that we have "Dropped" in this category.

There are 15 teams in the NFL who have a +1, or higher margin than Our Broncos, (FIFTEEN!) and the AFC West Kansas City Chiefs lead the league with a +12 in this category. That is totally unacceptable! KC has 10 INT's & 8 Fumble recoveries, and what's even worse is that their Offense has given up only 3 fumbles & 3 INT's.

JDR needs to get on the ball & start teaching these guys (and I mean every one of them) how to strip the ball away from our opponents. There are TWENTY SEVEN TEAMS in the NFL with more Forced Fumble Recoveries than the Denver Broncos have!

Ladies and gentlemen, the fact that Denver is 6 & 0 so far this year is a flat out miracle, and that miracle has a name. Peyton! When he has an "off game" and a few other players do their best to give the worst team in the league an opportunity to win, it tends to cause a commotion in the locker room at half time.

Jacksonville tried some pretty stupid trickery that didn't work, but what if a couple of things had worked? That could have been the most embarrassing game in franchise history! I surely do hope that the ball security problem is being focused on with a high degree of intensity this week. We can't afford these mistakes in Indianapolis next week.

WEEK 6: PPG, (Differential – For – Against) & TAKE AWAY – GIVE AWAY Differential

RNK

TEAM

W-L

AVG PPG DIFF

TEAM

PPG

FOR

TEAM

PPG

AGAINST

TEAM

TA / GA

DIFF

1

Denver 6-0

+17.9

Denver

44.2

K City

10.8

K City

+12

2

K City 6-0

+14.5

Dallas

30.5

Carol

13.6

Tenn

+8

3

Seattle 5-1

+10.5

Chic

28.7

Seattle

15.7

Seattle

+7

4

NewO 5-1

+9.6

Phili

27.7

New E

16.2

Chic

+7

5

Indiana 4-2

+8.4

Grn B

27.4

Indi

16.3

St Lou

+6

6

Carol 2-3

+8.2

Detroit

27.0

NewO

17.2

NewO

+5

7

Dallas 3-3

+5.2

NewO

26.8

Cinci

18.5

New E

+5

8

Gn Bay 3-2

+4.6

Seattle

26.2

Tampa

19.2

Indi

+5

9

New E 5-1

+4.6

K City

25.3

Tenn

19.2

Detroit

+5

10

San Fr 4-2

+4.5

San D

24.0

San Fr

19.7

Dallas

+4

11

Detroit 4-2

+3.7

Minn

25.0

Cleve

20.8

Buff

+3

12

Tenn 3-3

+2.1

Indi

24.7

Ariz

21.2

San Fr

+2

13

Chic 4-2

+1.9

Atlanta

24.4

Balti

21.5

Phili

+2

14

Cinci 4-2

+1.7

San Fr

24.2

Oak

22.0

Carol

+2

15

Balti 3-3

+0.8

St Lou

23.5

NY J

22.5

Miami

+1

16

San D 3-3

+ 1.0

Miami

22.8

Grn B

22.8

Denver

0

17

Miami 3-2

- 0.6

Buff

22.7

San D

23.0

Oak

0

18

Cleve 3-3

-1.1

Balti

22.3

Pitts

23.2

Cleve

0

19

Phili 3-3

- 2.1

Carol

21.8

Detroit

23.3

Minn

0

20

St Lou 3-3

- 2.2

Wash

21.4

Miami

23.4

Tampa

0

21

Atlanta 1-4

- 2.4

Tenn

21.3

Dallas

25.3

Wash

-1

22

Ariz 3-3

-2.7

New E

20.8

St Lou

25.7

Cinci

-2

23

Buff 2-4

- 3.5

Cinci

20.2

Buff

26.2

Ariz

-2

24

Oak 2-4

- 4.5

Cleve

19.7

Denver

26.3

Atlanta

-2

25

NY J 3-3

- 5.2

Ariz

18.5

Atlanta

26.8

Grn B

-3

26

Pitts 1-4

- 5.6

Houst

17.7

Chic

26.8

Balti

-3

27

Minn 1-4

- 6.6

Pitts

17.6

Wash

28.6

Jacks

-6

28

Wash 1-4

- 7.2

Oak

17.5

Houst

29.5

San D

-7

29

Tampa 0-5

- 7.4

NY J

17.3

Phili

29.8

Pitts

-9

30

Houst 2-4

- 11.8

NY G

17.2

Minn

31.6

NY G

-9

31

NY G 0-6

- 17.6

Tampa

12.8

Jacks

33.0

NY J

-11

32

Jacks 0-6

- 21.3

Jacks

11.7

NY G

34.8

Houst

-12

The Broncos and the Chiefs have played an identical season so far, with the exception of two teams, the Ravens (3-3) & the Titans (3-3). Each of their combined opponents has the exact same average winning percentage of 30%. No Excuses! Who has played the weakest schedule so far? THE TWO UNBEATEN TEAMS.

Take a look at a comparison of the most important offensive and defensive game changing stats that there are in any game - Turn Overs. (Teams NFL Rank for that category)

RANK

Overall

TEAM

OFFENSE

DEFENSE

DIFF

INT

FUM

TOTAL

INT

FUM

TOTAL

1

Kansas City Chiefs

3

3

6

10

8

18

12

16

Denver Broncos

2

(Tied 1st w/1 team)

8

(32)

10

9

1

(Tied 31st

w/4 teams)

10

0

Kansas City's 1st year coaching staff is clearly doing a much better job than the Broncos third year staff in making certain the players maintain their focus during the game. They are obviously doing a better job of teaching the important fundamentals than our staff has done so far this year.

There are only two kinds of fumbles in my mind. 1) An exceptionally good hit where there is simply no way that any player could maintain possession of the ball. 2) Everything else is inexcusable. Lack of focus, carelessness, stupidity (showboating) or abandonment of basic fundamentals.

Getting Miller back will have NO effect on the offense's ability to hang onto the ball, but It will affect the Defense's ability to create turnovers. The offense's problems fall squarely on the shoulders of RB Coach Eric Studesville & WR Coach Tyke Tolbert, but the Buck Stops at John Fox.

Foolish fumbles must come with consequences, and if these guys know in advance that they will be benched, then they have that added incentive to focus on protecting the drive! The same goes for drops by receivers, & I'm sure that Andre Caldwell wouldn't mind getting a few more snaps.

Our offensive fumbles so far: Knowshon Moreno 1, Ronnie Hillman 1, Demaryius Thomas 1, Wes Welker 1, Eric Decker 2, Montee Ball 2, Peyton Manning 4. You can bet that most of the blame for Mannings' fumbles go to the O-line. Welker didn't lose his fumble & I believe Manning may have recovered one or two, but losing 8 of 12 isn't good.

WEEK 6 - COMBINED RANKING THROUGH 6 GAMES - 2013

CURRENT RANK

TEAM W/L

RANKS TO

TOTAL

SUB TOTAL

OPP W/L TO

ADJUST

ADJUSTED TOTAL

U(3) 1

Seattle (5-1)

3+8+3+3-4+7

20

46% 16-19 = +3

23

U(1) 2

K City (6-0)

2+9+1+1-6+3

10

31% 11-25 = +14

24

D(1) 3

New O (5-1)

4+7+6+6-4+8

27

48% 16-17 = +1

28

D(3) 4

Indiana (4-2)

5+12+5+8-2+10

38

49% 17-18 = +1

39

S(0) 5

Denver (6-0)

1+1+24+16-6+0

36

31% 11-25 = +14

50

U(3) 6

San Fr (4-2)

10+14+10+12-2+13

57

60% 21-14 = -7

50

U(1) 7

Dallas (3-3)

7+2+21+10+0+13

53

54% 19-16= -3

50

D(2) 8

Tenn (3-3)

12+21+9+2-1+16

59

57% 20-15 = -5

54

D(2) 9

New E (5-1)

9+22+4+7-4+13

51

44% 15-19 = +4

55

U(3) 10

Carolina (2-3)

6+19+2+14-1+10

50

38% 11-18 = +7

57

D(1) 11

Detroit (4-2)

11+6+19+9-2+14

57

45% 15-18 = +3

60

U(3) 12

Gn Bay (3-2)

8+5+16+25-1+13

65

54% 19-16 = -3

62

D(1) 13

Chicago (4-2)

13+3+26+4-2+16

63

47% 15-17 = +2

65

U(3) 14

Cinci (4-2)

14+23+7+22-2+16

80

53% 18-16 = -2

78

D(4) 15

Miami (3-2)

17+16+20+15-1+18

85

55% 16-13 = -3

82

S(0) 16

Balti (3-3)

15+18+13+26-0+17

89

56% 19-15 = -4

85

U(6) 17

Phili (3-3)

19+4+29+13+0+20

85

47% 16-18 = +2

87

U(10) 18

St Lou (3-3)

20+15+22+5+0+20

82

37% 13-22 = +7

89

U(3) 19

San D (3-3)

16+10+17+28+0+17

88

42% 17-19 = +2

90

D(6) 20

Cleve (3-3)

18+24+11+18-0+19

90

50% 17-17 = -0

90

D(3) 21

Buff (2-4)

23+17+23+11+2+22

98

57% 20-15 = -5

93

D(2) 22

Atlanta (1-4)

21+13+25+24+4+20

107

66% 19-10 = -9

98

D(2) 23

Ariz (3-3)

22+25+12+23-0+21

103

53% 18-16 = -2

101

U(2) 24

Oak (2-4)

24+28+14+17+2+23

108

59% 20-14 = -6

102

D(1) 25

Tampa (0-5)

29+31+8+20+5+25

118

63% 19-11 = -8

110

D(7) 26

Minn (1-4)

27+11+30+19+3+25

115

50% 14-14 = +0

115

S(0) 27

Wash (1-4)

28+20+27+21+3+25

124

52% 15-14 = -1

123

U(2) 28

Pitts (1-4)

26+27+18+29+3+24

127

52% 15-14 = -1

126

D(4) 29

NY J (3-3)

25+29+15+31-0+23

123

39% 13-20 = +7

130

D(1) 30

Houst (2-4)

30+26+28+32+2+30

148

58% 21-15 = -6

142

U(1) 31

NY G (0-6)

31+30+32+30+6+36

165

69% 24-11 = -13

152

D(1) 32

Jacks (0-6)

32+32+31+27+6+39

167

71% 24-10 = -9

158

QUESTION:

Why did St Louis jump UP 10 places on the leader board in one week?

ANSWER:

They walked out of Reliant Stadium in Houston with a +4 turnover margin (2 INT & 2 fumbles recovered.) improving their record to.500. They took the potential for 28 points away from Kubes, and scored 38 of their own!

The turn overs automatically improved the rams PPG/A, PPG/F & TA/GA Differential. That's how much turn overs matter, and that's what I'm betting the major focus is on this week.

The leader board for Week 6 picked 12 of 15 games correctly! The upsets were Pittsburgh over the Jets, New England over New Orleans, & San Diego beat our next week's opponent Indianapolis in a 7 field goal kicking duel that saw Andrew Luck get unluky by throwing his 3rd pick of the year and NO TD.

It's hard to account for how inept the Saints were in allowing the Patriots to even get the ball back, let alone score a TD from 60 yards out with under 2 minutes and no time outs left!

Here are the week 7 picks from the leader board:

Week 7:

1) Seattle at 23) Arizona

25) Tampa Bay at 22) Atlanta ****

14) Cincinnati at 11) Detroit ****

21) Buffalo at 15) Miami

9) New England at 29) NY Jets

7) Dallas at 17) Philadelphia

13) Chicago at 27) Washington

18) St. Louis at 10) Carolina

19) San Diego at 32) Jacksonville

6) San Francisco at 8) Tennessee ****

20) Cleveland at 12) Green Bay

30) Houston at 2) Kansas City

16) Baltimore at 28) Pittsburgh

5) Denver at 4) Indianapolis ****

MON, OCT 21

26) Minnesota at NY 31) Giants

Bye: Oakland, New Orleans

**** These games are between teams that are ranked within 5 places of each other and so they cause me to take a much harder look at each team before I place a bet on the game. A good example is the Cinci – Detroit game. Since Detroit edges out Cinci by three points, & they are playing at home, & scoring a TD more than Cinci averages per game, I'm sticking with Detroit. I am picking the Giants at home to finally get it together & beat Minnesota.

My other pick against the board is Denver at Indianapolis. Indi looked like they were totally out of sync in the Doltz house, and I think that we will have more fans in Indi cheering for Manning than for their own team. The home field advantage goes to Denver in this one.

This Weeks Question:

What will it take to correct the TA/GA Differential issues. Benchings? Better Coaching? A higher focus on Focusing? More one on one time for the players who are repeat offenders?

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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