The Denver Broncos have a championship-caliber defense. That’s no secret. In 2017, they have taken their dominance to a new level, though.
In their first four games of the 2017 season, the Broncos have faced four Pro Bowl running backs — Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers, Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas Cowboys, LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills and Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders — and they have held them to a combined 95 yards on 50 carries, which is good for an average of 1.9 yards per carry (via Broncos Executive Vice President of Public and Community Relations Patrick Smyth).
Broncos’ D has faced a Pro Bowl RB in each of its first 4 games, holding those four players (12 Pro Bowls) to 50 att for 95 yds (1.9 avg).
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) October 2, 2017
In Week 1, the Broncos gave up 54 yards on 18 carries to Gordon. In Week 2, they gave up 8 yards on 9 carries to Elliott, the reigning NFL rushing champion. In Week 3, they held McCoy to 21 yards on 14 carries. In Week 4, they gave up 12 yards on 9 carries to Lynch.
In total, Denver has allowed 203 total rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns and a yards-per-carry average of 2.6 in four games.
The Broncos have also been strong against opposing passing attacks this fall, which should come as no surprise given that they led the league in pass defense each of the last two seasons. At their current rate, the 2017 Broncos defense has the potential to be as good as the group that led the franchise to the Super Bowl 50 title in 2015.