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Broncos defense put in a dominant performance against Jets

According to Pro Football Focus, the Denver Broncos defense was elite at nearly every position against the New York Jets.

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According to Pro Football Focus, the top five grades by the Denver Broncos were all defensive players from their 23-0 shutout win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

DI Zach Kerr, 86.0 overall grade
Edge Von Miller, 85.6 overall grade
LB Brandon Marshall, 85.1 overall grade
CB Bradley Roby, 84.7 overall grade
CB Chris Harris Jr., 83.3 overall grade

Marshall received PFF’s game ball for posting an outstanding 94.7 grade in run defense. He posted five tackles and a strip sack in the game. Overall, the entire defense rallied to completely shut down the Jets in all phases of offense.


Marshall led his team in both tackles (five) and defensive stops (five) against the Jets on Sunday afternoon. Furthermore, he was nearly unblockable for Jets offensive linemen as he read run plays quickly and attacked the line of scrimmage before the Jets linemen could reach the second level. While he slightly struggled in pass coverage, he made up for it with his pass-rushing and picked up a sack on his only play rushing the passer.

On the offensive side oft he ball, Trevor Siemian had one of his better PFF grades of the year when he posted a 72.4. This game was just the second time all season that he hasn’t thrown an interception as a starter. The Broncos also won that game.

Siemian posted a 128.8 passer rating when targeting Demaryius Thomas who had himself a game as well with 8 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Thomas was tied for the highest PFF grade on offense at 81.4 along with right tackle Donald Stephenson.


While the rest of the entire offensive line struggled against the Jets, Stephenson had a good game overall, especially when protecting Siemian. He did allow one sack, but that was his only blemish in 37 snaps in pass protection. Stephenson finished with an 84.1 pass protection grade and was also solid run blocking with a 73.6 run blocking grade

It wasn’t all sugar plums and gum drops on offense, however, as both Connor McGovern (31.3) and Garett Bolles (50.9) struggled mightily to find any kind of consistency with their assignments. They were the key problems in many of the offensive struggles on Sunday, especially in the run game.