For the first time 11 seasons, the Broncos are off to a 5-0 start, and Kyle Orton is a big reason why.
For the first time in his five-year NFL career, Orton is set to receive a conference player-of-the-week honor. The Broncos learned on Tuesday that he will be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, for his performance against the Patriots on Sunday.
Orton completed 35-of-48 throws for 330 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception in the Broncos’ 20-17 overtime win. He drove Denver 98 yards to the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter and 58 yards to the game-winning field goal on the first drive of overtime.
Orton’s 35 completions tied for the third-highest single-game total in the NFL this year, and his 330 passing yards were the most by a victorious AFC passer during Week 5. His 72.9 percent completion percentage set a career high and marked the second-highest game total in Broncos history among players with at least 45 pass attempts..
Orton has also proven his value in the clutch. The overtime drive he engineered against the Patriots represented the fourth time this season that he led a touchdown drive of 67 yards or more in the final quarter of play. It was also third time this season overall that he led a game-winning drive.
Orton is the 44th Bronco to win an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award since its inception in 1984.
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com