The Broncos (2-0) currently hold the No. 1 spot atop the Week 2 BES Rankings with a score of 3.49. That score is largely due to the stifling and opportunistic play of their defense, currently ranked No. 1 in BES Defense with a 3.55.
Any viable threat to the Broncos defense likely won’t arise until Week 8 when they host the Green Bay Packers (2-0) who feature the No. 4 BES Offense (3.14) and are ranked fifth in BES Overall boasting a score of 3.28.
Prior to that match up, here are the teams lined up to face the Broncos in Weeks 3-6 (they have a bye in Week 7 prior to the Packers):
Week 3: @ Lions – No. 27 BES Offense – Score =2.14
On paper, the Lions pose absolutely no threat offensively. Even worse, they are 31st in BES Defense with a score of 1.79. That should help the Broncos offense which has yet to find its groove, ranking 23rd in BES Offense (2.26).
Week 4: vs Vikings – No. 17 BES Offense – Score = 2.43
The one main factor the Vikings have going for them is halfback Adrian Peterson who rushed for 134 yards on 29 carries against the Lions in Week 2. Any success Peterson has on the ground bodes well for the Vikings’ passing game. They have a Pass Protection score of 2.80. That’s solid even against the Broncos Pass Pressure score of 4.00. The Vikings also possess the No. 10 BES Defense which could slow Manning & Co. enough to keep the game within reach. But homefield advantage for the Broncos could render all of this moot.
Week 5: @ Raiders – No. 7 BES Offense – Score = 2.77
With a score of 2.77 the Raiders seem like more of a threat than this article is giving them credit for. But upon closer examination, it’s the Raiders defense, ranked 32nd by the BES, that could put their offense in a real bind against the Broncos. If the Broncos build a big lead, the Raiders could be pressured into game-sealing mistakes offensively. Still, this is a divisional rivalry being played at the Black Hole, an x-factor in the Raiders favor.
Week 6: @Browns – No. 25 BES Offense – Score = 2.17
The Browns, at a glance, don’t seem worth mentioning based on the numbers. But there are two intangible factors that give them a chance. One, this will be the Broncos second consecutive road game. Two, the Broncos will likely be coming off a physically and emotionally draining contest against a divisional rival in the Raiders. But again, the numbers can not be ignored in what should be another impressive outing for Denver’s defense.