If you read last week’s article, you’d know we said the Broncos had to win tough games like these to make the playoffs. Well, the Broncos did exactly that. In this article, we’ll break down this week’s best performers from the Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots low scoring 18 – 12 showdown.
Best Offensive Performers
Nobody truly exploded on the offense this week, so I’ll split this into two. Tim Patrick and Phillip Lindsay were the two key parts of this offense. I would separate the two, but the performances were just above average. Patrick had four catches for 101 yards, and Lindsay had 101 yards on 23 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Good performances by both, but the best performers were all on defense. Additionally, shoutout to Brandon McManus. Not only did he carry my fantasy team, but he also went six-for-six on field goals and won AFC’s best special teams player for the second week in a row.
Best Defensive Performers
In an 18 – 12 low scoring game, you’d expect the defense to be the key part of the game. In this case, you’d be more than correct. There are three players we’d like to highlight, but with this Broncos defense finally clicking, everyone played lights out.
The first person we chose to highlight is rookie corner, Michael Ojemudia. OJ had a phenomenal game. He recorded a 88.6 PFF grade (the highest of all rookie corners this year,) and an 89.8 coverage grade. With six tackles and two forced fumbles, he easily solidified himself as a top performer, and if he keeps this up, he could be a dark-horse candidate for defensive rookie of the year.
Second, Malik Reed had a fantastic game, having the first multi-sack game of his career. Reed finished the game with five tackles and two sacks. Filling in for Von Miller, Reed hasn’t been a superstar, but this game he showed a ton of promise. Hopefully, Reed can become like the Shaq Barrett piece in this defense Denver used to have.
Last but certainly not least, Shelby Harris, as per usual, had a day. three tackles, three pressures, and two batted passes. One of those batted passes, was turned into an interception by DeShawn Williams, who also had a day. Shelby is in a contract year, and he has definitely earned and proved himself. If you’re reading this Elway, resign Shelby Harris. The self-proclaimed “best hands in the league” deserves it more than anyone.
Playoffs for the Broncos?
After a disappointing start, the Broncos have won two straight. With Drew Lock and others back, the Broncos are looking to be a wild card team. Can the Broncos keep this up, or will they suffer another disappointing season? Tune in next week, where we’ll recap the best performers from the Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs week seven divisional matchup.