DEN-OAK Grades: Defense carries Broncos to victory again
Here are the top takeaways and highest graded players from Denver’s 16-10 win over Oakland:
– CB Chris Harris (+3.5) picked up his second interception of the year and returned it for a score on the play that ultimately changed the game. On a day where their offense was unable to find the end zone, the fourth-quarter pick-six gave the Broncos the cushion they needed for the win. Harris’ NFL passer rating allowed this week was just 33.9 and sits at 55.5 for the season.
– By adding five defensive stops on the afternoon, DE Malik Jackson (+2.3) finds himself among the leaders at the position with a total of 15. His 14 total pressures are also a top-10 figure and Sunday marked his fourth-straight game with multiple pressures.
– QB Peyton Manning (+0.6) has struggled to land any significant positives in 2015 and this was another game that saw him fall short. His accuracy percentage (70.6 percent) came in 21st among 27 QB performances so far this week and he posted a -1.4 grade on the 23 dropbacks where he wasn’t pressured.
LB Von Miller (+3.8)
CB Chris Harris Jr. (+3.5)
G Louis Vasquez (+3.4)
G Evan Mathis (+2.8)
DE Malik Jackson (+2.3)
– The left-right split on the Oakland offensive line is only deepening as the right side of J’Marcus Webb (-1.2) and Austin Howard (-2.4) fell further into the red. Howard’s day featured negative grades both as a pass blocker and as a run blocker and Webb finished below -1.0 overall for the fourth time in five games.
– Rookie DE Mario Edwards Jr. (+1.6) picked up his first positive game grade based on some standout work in the run game, and did so while logging the highest single-game snap count of his young career. Playing 50 of 58 defensive snaps, Edwards came away with a clean-up sack, a hurry and four defensive stops.
– On 12 attempts into the range, QB Derek Carr (-0.9) completed just five passes beyond 10 yards downfield and generally found the going tough against Denver’s coverage for anything more than underneath targets – 65 percent of his passing yards this week came after the catch.
LB Khalil Mack (+5.6)
S Charles Woodson (+2.8)
C Rodney Hudson (+1.9)
LT Donald Penn (+1.8)
G Gabe Jackson (+1.6)