To the surprise of virtually nobody, the Denver Broncos have been outstanding on the defensive side of the ball in 2017.
Through Week 5, Denver has the No. 1 ranked defense in the National Football League. After two-straight years of leading the league in passing defense, the Broncos have taken a slight step back and currently rank 11th against the pass in 2017. Where the Denver defense has been surprisingly strong is against the run.
After finishing the 2016 season ranked 28th in the league in rushing defense, the Broncos rank No. 1 in the league and are on pace to have the best run defense in NFL history through four games in 2017.
The #Broncos run defense is on pace to be the best in NFL history (16 games).
2000 Ravens gave up 970 rushing yards, Denver on pace for 812
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) October 10, 2017
In their first four games, the Broncos have allowed 203 rushing yards and zero touchdowns on 84 carries. While those numbers are impressive on their own, they quickly become downright astounding when you consider the four Pro Bowl running backs the Broncos have shut down in 2017.
- In Week 1, they held Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon to 54 yards on 18 carries.
- In week 2, they held Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to 8 yards on 9 carries.
- In Week 3, the held Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy to 21 yards on 14 carries.
- In week 4, they held Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch to 12 yards on 9 carries
The Broncos have benefitted in large part due to the play of their interior defensive linemen (Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, Shelby Harris, and Adam Gotsis). They have proven to be true space-eaters that all excel in defensive coordinator Joe Woods’ gap control scheme.
All said, if they stay healthy and continue on their current pace, the 2017 Denver defense has the potential to go down as one of the greatest defense the NFL has ever seen. If that proves to be the case, the Broncos will likely be in position to make a deep postseason run this coming January.
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