“It definitely gets you mad, but nobody really runs the ball on us, and we know everyone is trying to throw the ball. People get ‘garbage yards’ on us. We’re just focused on not giving up touchdowns.”
– Chris Harris, cornerback, Denver Broncos
While YouWager bettors saw the Denver Broncos win game after game, early in the 2013 NFL football wagering season, with several touchdowns in each game, it was easy to ignore a major problem- their defense has been allowing their opponents to claim an awful lot of passing yardage.
The yardage tally, against the Broncos, is really quite high. Especially when sportsbook bettors look at Denver’s pass rush in the 2012 season, with almost the same players, the same defensive coordinator, and the same type of defensive strategy. Last season, Denver was rated Number 3 in the NFL against the pass, allowing opponents less than 200 passing yards per game, on average. Denver managed to win in 2012 by large margins, but they didn’t allow what Denver cornerback Chris Harris is calling “garbage yards.”
In their recent 39-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Denver only allowed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck 228 passing yards. This is lowest number of passing yards the Broncos have allowed an opposing quarterback in the 2013 NFL football wagering season. Luck did pass for 3 touchdowns, however. John Fox, Denver’s head coach, told a YouWager news source that after studying the Indianapolis game, he was convinced that his defense is showing improvement. But they did lose the game.
Online wagering fans expected Denver’s pass defense to be even better this season. The club added players for depth. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came with a one-year deal for $5 million. Widely considered to be one of the best in the league, cornerback Champ Bailey is still struggling with an injured foot. Rookie cornerback Kayvon Webster only recently made his first interception, but the Broncos have high hopes for this fast aggressive player. Coach John Fox told YouWager’s source, “Indianapolis tested him a couple of times, and I thought he answered it very well. He’s a guy that works very hard and he’s earned the reps he’s gotten.”
Clearly, it will take much more than one player to empower Denver’s defense and stop the team’s negative trend in passing yards allowed. As one sharp YouWager bettor put it, if the Broncos want to get to the Super Bowl, they will have to fix that. Garbage yards add up.