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Week 1 vs. JAX
Passing: 21 - 33, 295 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 12 / 0
Orton more than justified the Broncos giving him a contract extension in the preseason with a strong performance that saw him use all of his receivers and hang in the pocket like a tough leader. Orton bought himself time with subtle movements in the pocket and he also smoothly went through his progressions and made great decisions. He was patient in the pocket and had more 25+ yard completions than any other QB on Sunday. Orton's downfield throws did force a few diving catches from Brandon Lloyd, but he got them there and kept the chains moving, especially in a masterful two-minute drill in the first half. Orton's grit showed when he dove headfirst to convert a key third down in the fourth quarter. His one interception came on a desperation drive when Daryl Smith made a terrific drop deep into coverage and snagged the interception with a nicely timed leap. Orton's TD pass came in the first half on a patient read in the pocket, finding Jabar Gaffney in the back of the end zone. He is proving to be more valuable than his modest ADP.
Week 2 vs. SEA
Passing: 25 - 35, 307 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / -5 / 0
Orton had a near perfect day, making decisive throws, excellent play action fakes, and in general controlling an incredibly efficient offense. And it may get better. If Demaryius Thomas is for real, he'll have a real go-to target to add to his arsenal. Orton's superb vision and ability to find the open man really worked for him, as he completed a pass to seven different receivers. Also working in his favor is the balance of the offense, so the defense can never truly key on the passing game.
Week 3 vs. IND
Passing: 37 - 57, 476 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 11 / 0
Orton showed why the Broncos were wise to extend his contract in the preseason, by basically taking the whole Broncos offense on his shoulders. He surveyed the field with great patience and field vision, and a lot of time from the Broncos banged up offensive line. He had a few bad throws, but was accurate on most of his throws, including a perfect long TD strike to Brandon Lloyd to get the Broncos back in the game in the third quarter. Orton did fail to convert a fourth and three in the red zone when the Broncos had the chance to tie the game with a touchdown, but this game still showed everyone that Orton is here to stay as one of the better QBs in the NFL.
Week 4 vs. TEN
Passing: 35 - 50, 341 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 11 / 0
Everything that happened offensively for the Broncos on Sunday
pretty much went through Orton and he deserves the most credit of any
Not only did Orton have absolutely no running game to utilise, he also
several drops early in the game. He was forced to make a lot of the
calls at the line of scrimmage, and McDaniel's gave him several plays
to choose from for each situation. Orton uses a quick release and
understanding of the defense to make smart and fast decisions. Even
with this, he was sacked at key times as his offensive line missed
several blocks on basic 4 man rushes by the Titans defensive line.
Orton easily looks like the Broncos MVP right now as he orchestrates
drives with screens to Royal, and clutch conversions on third down to
reliable targets like Lloyd and Gaffney. He is looking for the one on
one match up he likes, and abuses it regularly. Orton also uses
cadence very well, and had a numerous offside and neutral zone
infraction penalties to his advantage. Due to the risky nature of
passing on most downs, he will take sacks and have the occasional
interception, but will continue to produce in this offense and keep
the Broncos competitive in most games.
Week 5 vs. BAL
Passing: 23 - 38, 314 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
The day started out very frustrating for Kyle Orton. Unlike Joe Flacco, Kyle Orton has no running game to rely on, which makes the play action pass almost impossible. On a number of occasions, the play-action didn't work at all, and just allowed the pressure to reach Orton quicker. Also, in the first 4 drives there were 5 offensive penalties for 55 yards, only one of those being Orton's fault. When he had time though, Orton continued to play spectacularly. He was on the money in this game, hitting the open receiver, making very quick decisions, and launching two deep touchdowns to Brandon Lloyd. By the 2nd half, the Broncos had abandoned the run completely and just left Orton in the shotgun where he carved up the Ravens. Perhaps if they had done that from the start, things might have been different. The running game provides so little support that it almost seems a waste of time, and the Ravens definitely paid little attention to Buckhalter or Maroney. The penalties were what did the offense in, most notably two holding penalties on back to back drives that left the offense in a precarious position against a great defense. But Orton's owners should take heart that in a bad week against a tough defense, he still threw for over 300 yards and 2 td's.
Week 6 vs. NYJ
Passing: 14 - 34, 209 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 22 / 0
After Orton's explosive 4 game start, where he threw for 1400 yards, everyone couldn't wait to see him go up against the Ravens and the Jets, to see what he could do against the top two defenses in the league. He took advantage of a few mistakes in the secondary and threw for over 300 yards against the Ravens, but he was unable to consistently get things going against the Jets. Not to say there weren't moments...He threw a nice TD to Demaryius Thomas against Darrelle Revis, but the Jets took advantage of the poor running game of the Broncos and really made life tough for Orton. Orton's throws all seemed to be sailing on him just a bit, as his receivers constantly had to go up for the ball, and he missed a number of passes on errant throws. No doubt he was worried about throwing interceptions and that worry led to an erratic attack that was never able to gain any consistency. The fact that Tim Tebow came into the game is something to watch as well, as this is the first time Tebow has received significant playing time. Will the switching in and out of Tebow affect Orton? It's something to watch, and it's notable that his worst game came when Tebow was a big part of the game plan.
Week 7 vs. OAK
Passing: 12 - 29, 198 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 21 / 0
Orton's very first throw was a precursor to what this day would be like for his team. An absolutely "no-excuse" type of decision, Orton attempted to high Jabar Gaffney on a deep out. He never should have thrown the ball because Chris Johnson was right with Gaffney. Not only was the decision bad, but the execution was as well. The throw most likely would have been behind Gaffney anyway. Orton also was responsible for the Broncos' third turnover. While trying to make a play outside the pocket, he fumbled, giving the ball to Oakland at the Broncos' 14. Just like everything else in this game, once Oakland had a 20-point lead, it was mildly inconsequential. Orton's TDs were easy throws as well, so it's hard to even give him credit for those. All in all, it was a miserable day for Orton and the whole Broncos team. The performance was not indicative of the year Orton is having.
Week 8 vs. SF
Passing: 28 - 40, 369 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 18 / 0
hether in England or America, Orton and the passing game was once again asked to shoulder most of the load. His numbers look nice and he was efficient with the ball as usual, but with no help from his defense and an inconsistent running game , the offense was left up to Orton to win the game. Orton and the passing game could not maintain any possession for a long enough stretch in the first half and routinely collapsed after a short drive. Orton was extremely patient in the pocket and often held onto the ball just before the defense could get to him. This allowed his receivers extra time to get open, and kept many drives alive. He trusted his offensive line and his blind side a lot, and hung in the pocket if he felt comfortable until the last second. Orton rarely struggled with his accuracy and decision making and put the ball where it needed to go and where he felt comfortable. He felt the rush well and checked it down in the flats when necessary and even took off for a few moderate gains on the ground. In the first half, Orton did not look downfield and his passing game was keyed on well by San Francisco. He could not convert key third downs and too much execution was required by him on clutch situation early in the game and a change was needed. The change was evident in the second half. The playbook was opened and Orton executed a perfect toss fake and proceeded to drop a perfectly thrown bomb down the middle with just enough air to an open Lloyd. He also had a touchdown pass deep to Gaffney from a flea flicker negated by a questionable chop block penalty on Moreno which hurt his day. Orton utilised play action against the 49ers despite little threat of a running game and was on the money on a lot of dig and out routes to his receivers. Ultimately, Orton felt the pressure to win the game and fumbled the ball to end the game. The Broncos lose again but they cannot blame Orton who once again did all he could be expected to do and more.
Week 10 vs. KC
Passing: 22 - 34, 296 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
This was another game for Orton that makes him look like an MVP candidate. Although he had two early drops, one in the endzone, he was able control this offense and execute almost any play he wanted to. Orton has a huge amount of confidence in Brandon Lloyd, trying to fit the ball into him when given even a small window. Orton showed amazing trust and accuracy on a downfield pass between two defenders to Lloyd, and then his chemistry again on the touchdown pass in the endzone. Orton was helped out by his receivers all game, as they looked wide open again and again in this passing attack. Kyle Orton's accuracy can often beat good coverage, as he places the football away from defenders. Orton had little trouble passing the football with the help of his rushing attack and looked like every pass he threw was going to be completed for a big gain.
Week 11 vs. SD
Passing: 24 - 38, 217 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Orton looked like he was well on his way to a huge game based on the opening drive. The Broncos attacked San Diego's defense with a number of play-action passes, easily moving downfield towards an eventual touchdown. But the Chargers really clamped down from that point forward, putting pressure on Orton and shutting down the receivers in the deep passing game. Orton nearly connected with Brandon Lloyd on a deep bomb in the end zone, but he underthrew the ball and it was blindly knocked away by the defensive back. On the next play, he was under duress and slightly hit as he threw and was intercepted. Early in the second half, he again had Lloyd open on a deep ball down the sideline but this time he overthrew him. Finally, late in the game with San Diego leading big, Orton found Lloyd in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. He fired the pass high above the defense, and Lloyd made a fantastic individual effort to go up and haul it in with a fingertip grab.
Week 12 vs. STL
Passing: 24 - 41, 347 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Orton had another "good fantasy day", but not so good when it counted as a lot of his statistics came when the game had looked to be decided. He was asked to drive long fields and keeping up scoring as the Broncos defense could not stop the Rams. The running game was abandoned for stretches of this game and attempted to be replaced with screens and short passes. Orton is a confident QB that feels the rush and moves well in the pocket. His production suffered as the Broncos turned the ball over and had fewer possessions as a result. Orton was trying to get the ball to Lloyd throughout the game and failed somewhat early on, but was able to connect to him on a deep side line pass to set up a touchdown. He also found Lloyd deep again for a perfect over the shoulder touch pass for a touchdown and on a back shoulder fade, showing once again who his favourite target is and why he is his favourite target. Orton likes to punish defenders deep in 1 on 1 and goes for the explosive play regularly. He had big numbers in this game, partly due to the high number of pass attempts and partly due as he accrued a lot of these numbers in garbage time.
Week 13 vs. KC
Passing: 9 - 28, 117 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
This game was the perfect storm for Orton and really pointed out all the flaws in what the Broncos are trying to accomplish offensively. It was simply put, a disaster for Orton statistically aswell as on the field but it should have been even worse than it was.
The positives in Orton's game were few but they did exist. He continued to sell PA well and made a few nice throws, including one on a seam route over a linebacker to Decker which was very well placed. However, for the Broncos to win Orton almost has to have a great day every single time and this was not one of those days. Orton was not accurate and had a lot of passes sail over the head of receivers. Orton also forced too many passes to his receivers, especially Brandon Lloyd. Orton relies heavily on Lloyd to keep drives alive and connect to on deep passes, but they could not establish anything vs. the Chiefs. Orton led his receivers into trouble at times by throwing dangerous passes that led to a big hit. Orton also had two passes fall off defenders hands that really should have been intercepted as a result of him forcing a lot of throws. Orton did not play well despite having a good running game and Kansas City really took away his favourite weapons and plays.
Week 14 vs. ARI
Passing: 19 - 41, 166 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 2 / 5 / 0
Orton was on time early and looked to be on track to have a big day on the game's opening drive, having a potential TD pass to Brandon Lloyd barely broken up and throwing well all over the field. That effectiveness disappeared for the rest of the game, as Orton threw interceptions based in good coverage and miscommunications with his receiver and generally seemed off for the rest of the day. Orton was out of sync with the offense, his reads, movements, and throws were not sharp, and his performance basically encapsulated the performance of the whole Broncos squad. His day culminated in a pick six that was way too easy, and we have to wonder if he'll start next week at Oakland.