As many of us expected, the Denver Broncos have had the best defense in football so far this season, and that’s being reflected in their Pro Football Focus grades.
I know many were up in arms over PFF grades on Tuesday because of the fact that Aaron Rodgers graded out a -0.8 after his Monday Night Football performance, but it’s a good resource for some advanced metrics and data that others don’t keep track of. The grades are still subjective, but they take into account effectiveness on a per-snap basis, and these Broncos players have been the best so far.
The defense has ruled so far…
Sep 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tackle LaAdrian Waddle (66) blocks Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
1. Von Miller, EDGE
If not for a -3.4 in the penalty department (4 accepted penalties this season) Miller would have graded out an 18.1 so far this season. His pass rush grade of 16.7 is the best in the NFL by nearly 7 points (DeMarcus Ware). He has 17 hurries, 3 hits, and one sack so far this season, but make no mistake about it — Miller is affecting games greatly. The Broncos’ pass rush is ridiculous, and teams are seemingly prioritizing Miller over DeMarcus Ware and it’s not really working out for them.
Whatever the case, the Broncos’ top pass rusher is in rare form this season, and soon the sacks will start coming by the bunch.