The Broncos offense has put up some stellar numbers in the team’s first three games of the season. The offense has thrown for eight touchdowns, rushed for five more and has averaged 432 total yards.
Two of those touchdown passes have been caught by Brandon Marshall the league leader in receptions among wide receivers. Marshall is also first in the NFL with 160.5 yards receiving per contest.
“That is what I work hard for,” Marshall said about his numbers so far this season. ”I want to be the guy not just in a single game but throughout my whole career. That is what we work hard for, and all we can do is continue to push and remember that every Sunday could be any given Sunday in this league.”
Part of Marshall’s success this season can be credited to the relationship his has forged with quarterback Jay Cutler. The two third-year players have been able to build upon one another.
“It is like a relationship—communication is definitely key,” he said. “When I am out there, Jay has a lot of freedom to change some things up. We are out there trying to make plays and keep those sticks moving. If I make a mistake, he is there to make it up and keep those chains moving. For example, there was a key third down and there was a pass weak (side), I converted my route to a go and I didn’t beat the guy so the play was pretty much dead but Jay knows that with the leverage that I have, he could put the ball on my back shoulder. Jay and I just being on the same page is a good thing, and I am happy to grow with him.”
The Broncos may have the second most explosive offense in the league right now but don’t slouch on the defense of the 0-3 Chiefs. Kansas City is the fourth-ranked pass defense allowing 153 yards per game and it has only surrendered two touchdowns through the air on the season.
“To tell you the truth, Kansas City is a defense that I hate going against and that is because they play together, they run to the ball and they play smash-mouth defense,” Marshall said. “When you look at their defense, they are ranked fourth on third downs. On defense, all they have to do is continue to play as a team and they will gel. I think things will get turned around for them sooner or later. Those corners, you look at an 0-3 team and you wonder if guys are going to lie down but they are not because this is the National Football League. If you look at the matchup me and Eddie Royal have, we are going against two rookies and those guys are out there trying to prove themselves. We are going to get their best shot and we are going into K.C., which is hostile. We are going to have to play together and play hard all four quarters.”
The offense has set a pretty high bar for itself through the first three games of ’08. Denver’s offensive production places it atop the AFC and second overall in the NFL but Brandon Stokley said it still has room for improvement.
“I think when you watch film, especially after a win you have to be real critical of yourself because everybody else is patting you on the back,” he said. “You want to kind of look at the mistakes that you made and correct those mistakes.”
Even with the impressive individual and team numbers put up by the Broncos’ offense, the team isn’t satisfied with the results.
“We want to be perfect,” Stokley said. “I think we have the weapons and talent on this offense to score every time we get the ball. We haven’t been able to do that. We have kind of hit lulls there in the third quarter the last two weeks. We need to be a little more consistent if we want to be a really good offense.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com