QB Kyle Orton - Free Agent
|6-4, 220||Born: 11-14-1982||College: Purdue||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2005|
2014 Week 5 vs DET (30 / 43 / 308 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
In his first start since 2013, Kyle Orton threw for 308 yards, albeit unimpressively and one touchdown on Sunday against the Lions. Orton also threw one interception that Rashean Mathis returned 41 yards for a Detroit touchdown. Orton was trying hit Sammy Watkins on a quick hitch, but Mathis never had to open his hips up as he sat on the short route. Able to drive on the ball and already at full speed, Mathis simply stepped in front of the receiver and ran untouched into the end zone. Orton's lone touchdown pass was only for two yards, but a beautiful 42-yard pass to Marquise Goodwin set up that short throw two plays prior. Goodwin merely used his speed to run past the corner and the pass was perfectly placed so he never had to break stride as he ran under it. Had Goodwin not lost control of the ball as he stretched his arms out in preparation for dive to the pylon he likely would have scored on the play. Orton quickly rectified that, however, as he threw his lone touchdown pass to Chris Gragg shortly thereafter. Working off play-action, Orton only needed to put the throw near his tight-end as Gragg slipped off the line of scrimmage and went uncovered into the back of the end zone for the two-yard connection. On top of the Goodwin throw, Orton also threw passes of 22 and 20 yards to Sammy Watkins, the latter of which put the Bills in position to kick the game-winning field goal. A nice seam route connection with Chris Hogan for 21 yards that helped erase a 1st and 30 and saw Orton place the throw between the coverage. And a 26-yard completion to Fred Jackson on a perfectly executed screen pass that ultimately set up Buffalo's first points of the game. Orton certainly didn't set the stat book on fire and while his throws weren't always on point, namely his two 20+ yard completions to Watkins, he still gave his receivers the chance to make a play on the ball. It was clear, too, Orton and the offense looked better as the game wore on as Buffalo converted no 1st downs on five of eight 1st half drives but had at least one 1st down on every 2nd half drive.
2014 Week 6 vs NE (24 / 38 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
While Kyle Orton certainly had his moments on Sunday as he threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, the veteran quarterback was unable to overcome his two first half turnovers and taking five sacks. Orton's first touchdown went to Robert Woods as the two connected on an easy pitch and catch from the seven-yard line. Woods was able to get Alfonzo Dennard turned around as he faked the corner before cutting back inside for the easy touchdown. Another short throw, Orton's second touchdown ramped up the difficulty as he connected with Chris Hogan from eight yards out. Hogan did a nice job to beat his coverage to the outside on the out route, but the real trouble came from Logan Ryan who had broken off his coverage on the outside and sat underneath the route. Orton put the perfect amount of loft on the throw to just barely clear Ryan's outstretched fingertips and allow Hogan to make the sliding touchdown catch. Just prior to the Hogan touchdown, Orton showed pretty touch on another throw as he connected with Woods on fourth down for 35 yards. A perfect play design for the coverage, Woods was able to create some space before turning up field and Orton did a nice job putting just enough touch on the throw so his receiver wasn't hung out to dry by the safety coverage over the top. Unlike EJ Manuel, Orton frequently attacked, and found much success doing so, the middle of the field too as Scott Chandler and Hogan both had plays down the seam for 20+ yards. Orton's first turnover, an interception, was exclusively his fault as he got caught staring his receiver down over the middle of the field and Jamie Collins only had to follow Orton's eyes for the interception. Very much a problem all day, Orton's inability to get rid of the ball in a timely manner led directly to his second turnover as he fumbled after a hit from Chandler Jones. Orton never sensed the blindside pressure from the defensive end and Jones was able to both knock the ball out of Orton's hands and recover the loose ball. Not just an issue on the fumble, but holding the ball too long was something Orton struggled with all day as he took five sacks and three of those ended drives. The protection was far from perfect, but Orton simply spent too much time waiting for routes to develop.
2014 Week 7 vs MIN (31 / 43 / 283 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
In a game that was at times as revolting as the moustache that once resided on his upper lip, Kyle Orton still managed to overcome two (of the Bills four) turnovers and six sacks on his way to throwing for 283 yards and two touchdowns. The Bills offensive again struggled to consistently protect Orton, but the quarterback never seemed to make any adjustments either as he was frequently caught cement-footed in the pocket while waiting on routes to develop despite the constant pressure from the Vikings. The Bills first 12 drives only produced 10 points, but clearly Orton saved his best for last as he drove the offense 80 yards in 15 plays on the way to a game winning pass with one second left to Sammy Watkins from the two-yard line. On the drive, Orton converted a 4th and 20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler, a 3rd and 12 with an 18-yard completion to Watkins and a 2nd and 20 with a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan. While Chandler ran a simple seam route on his big catch, the throw was anything but simple. Chad Greenway was in Chandler's back pocket, but with his head turned couldn't make a play on the ball as Orton delivered a very accurate pass just over the top of Greenway. Chandler had a bad drop two plays prior, but it didn't prevent Orton from going back to him with the game in the balance. With Watkins working over the top of Woods on a slant and running free, Orton merely had to be accurate on the 18-yard gain. Two plays later, again chasing what seemed like an impossible distance to gain, Orton delivered another accurate ball to Hogan down the sideline. Orton's back-shoulder toss was right on target, but really it was the receiver who made the play as he elevated and ultimately snatched the ball from Xavier Rhodes as he slammed into the turf. Maybe his easiest throw of the drive, Orton capped it all off by hitting Watkins on the next play for his second, and game winning, touchdown of the day. A simple out, Watkins shook the coverage and again all Orton needed was an accurate throw for the completion. With the ball right on his receiver's hands, Watkins needed only a toe tap for the game winner. The two connected earlier, too, for the Bills only other touchdown on a 26-yard connection. Watkins ran right past the coverage and Orton's throw was on the money as Watkins was able to catch it in stride for the touchdown. Despite the exciting late game heroics, Orton did leave quite a bit of production on the field in a contest where the Bills never seemed to struggle to move the ball. His first miscue, Orton tried to hit Chandler over the middle of the field, but his throw sailed badly and Robert Blanton easily intercepted it. Chandler was open and Orton wasn't under duress, he simply just missed. The interception was bad, but not as detrimental as his fumble that took at least three points off the board as Buffalo was sitting on first down at the Viking 20-yard line. One of the few times he sensed the collapsing pocket, Orton initially avoided the pressure as he maneuvered the pocket well. However, with the pin pulled Orton just couldn't unload the grenade quick enough and was hit just before his arm started forward.
2014 Week 8 vs NYJ (10 / 17 / 238 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
It's tough to look bad when the opposition has Geno Smith and Mike Vick turning the ball over every other play, but Kyle Orton didn't exactly shine despite throwing for four touchdowns on Sunday in New Jersey. Orton looked crisp on the first drive, competing all three throws the last of which was a dart to Robert Woods from 22 yards out for a touchdown. Woods ran a deep post and the coverage was relatively tight, but Orton drilled the ball into Woods' body where the defender could do little to prevent the completion. Orton took advantage of spectacular field position for his next touchdown, a one-yard dump to tight end Lee Smith. Smith feigned a missed block before releasing and opening up at the goal line for the short score. Clearly intent on connecting with Sammy Watkins deep down the middle of the field, the two finally linked up on their third try on what should have been Orton's third touchdown. Watkins ran a deep post and used his speed to run right by Darrin Walls and Orton hit the wide receiver in stride for an 84-yard gain. Watkins should have easily scored on the play as he ran away from the defense, but inexplicably slowed down as he celebrated prematurely just outside the New York 10-yard line with a salute and peek at the jumbotron. Saalim Hakim was able to chase the play down and clip Watkins feet at the five-yard line. Orton only completed four more passes after the big play to Watkins, but two of those were also touchdowns. The first, a 12-yard pass to Scott Chandler, was a seam route that saw Orton take advantage of man coverage where the defender had his back to the quarterback. Orton only had to place the ball high enough to clear the defender's head and the 6'7" Chandler did the rest. Orton's final touchdown again took advantage of Watkin's ridiculous quicks and speed combo. Watkins caught a seven-yard slant and immediately cut up field. The safety, with a dash of defeat in him, took a bad angle as Watkins dipped and split the trailing corner and aforementioned safety and was gone for a 61-yard touchdown. For the first time in three weeks, Orton avoided any turnovers, but he did take four sacks. A perpetual problem since he took over, Orton again got caught in the pocket waiting for routes to develop. A real problem given the offensive line issues, Orton has got to do a better job of recognizing blitzes and get rid of the ball quickly when he does.
2014 Week 10 vs KC (29 / 48 / 259 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
There's a good chance when Kyle Orton and the Bills look back at Week 10, there will much consternation about the numerous missed opportunities on offense that resulted in a paltry 13 points and a crushing home loss. Orton opened the game on fire; completing five of his first six passes including the only touchdown of the game for the Bills. Chris Hogan made quick work of the coverage as he easily got inside just off the line of scrimmage and Orton lasered the ball in at the Kansas City 10-yard line. Hogan finished the catch off, rumbling into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown catch. Not only was the play the Bills lone touchdown, but also was Orton's longest completion and only one of four pass plays to cover more than 15 yards. After the quick start, Orton missed on seven of his next eight throws that included three drops by three different receivers. After a Robert Woods dropped ended one promising drive, Sammy Watkins ended one of his own as he turned out on his route as Orton threw the ball inside. By no means was it an easy catch, but one Watkins is expected to make, as he was able to get both hands on the ball as it slithered through his grasp. When his receivers weren't letting him down, Orton made sure to do his part to keep the offense out of the end zone too. Facing a 3rd and goal from the Kansas City nine-yard line, Orton had Scott Chandler essentially uncovered on a wheel route. Orton's throw, however, was both too soon and had way too much velocity on it as it sailed well out of bounds. Had Orton let the route develop and not been skittish, a touchdown was the likely result. Orton again missed on another goal-to-go throw in the second half, missing Woods on what could have, and should have, been a touchdown. Woods was able to slip away from the outside coverage on an inside move while the helping safety over the top had overcommitted on the play action, but Orton again was both too quick with too much on his throw. Had Orton given it a mere second more, Woods would have been wide open in the back of the end zone. It was evident the Bills spent their bye week working on shoring up their sack issues and getting the ball out of Orton's hands quickly, which clearly had its benefits as Orton only took one sack (his fewest of the year). However, it wasn't without its shortcomings too, including the aforementioned end zone misses and only 259 passing yards on 29 completions (and 48 attempts).
2014 Week 11 vs MIA (22 / 39 / 193 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Since taking over for EJ Manuel in Week 5, Kyle Orton had his worst statistical game of the season on Thursday as he threw for only 193 yards and did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 2014. Orton managed to lead the team to points on three of the first four drives, but struggled mightily for the second consecutive week once the team hit the red zone as all three resulted in field goals. After hitting six of his first seven throws, Orton threw back-to-back incompletions to kill the opening drive. Indecision struck the second drive after Orton again opened the drive strong with completions on four his first five passes to get inside the Miami 10-yard line. After having his first down pass batted at the line (thankfully given it likely would have been intercepted otherwise), Orton dropped to his eyes to scramble on third down and missed not one, but two open receivers in the end zone as the second drive ended with a field goal attempt. Both Robert Woods and Scott Chandler had slipped free of the coverage as the defense reacted to Orton breaking the pocket, but he saw neither on his three-yard snail walk towards the goal line. Things changed in the second half, however, as the Dolphins turned up the heat (especially on third down) and Orton slipped right back into his comfort zone of being completely uncomfortable making the correct pre-snap adjustments and post-snap reads. After reaching the Miami 29-yard line early in the third quarter, Orton missed on three straight throws with the latter two misses results of pressure. Orton's protection let him down initially as he was hit just as he released on a deep post to Sammy Watkins. The throw came up well short on what would have been a Watkins vs. safety matchup at the goal line. There was room to step up in the pocket, but Orton was painfully unaware of the impending pressure. Miami blitzed again the following play and Orton threw short to a shallow crossing Woods. The pass wasn't even close, but even if it had been there were two Dolphin defenders bearing down and a first down was very unlikely. With the tone set and a now jittery Orton, Miami pressure ended the next two drives and clearly affected the others. For the second week in a row, Orton took a bad (albeit questionable) intentional grounding penalty, this time costing the team two points as the flag came with Orton in the end zone. Mere moments after the snap, Orton threw the ball up to Watkins who hadn't even come out of the first half of a double move. Once resigned to taking bad sacks, Orton now seems comfortable blindly throwing the ball down the field or checking down for minimal gains. Certainly never a strength of Orton's, his pre-snap reads were (and are) atrocious. The Dolphins rarely disguised their blitzes and yet, Orton never seemed in the right play. Both tackles struggled considerably with pass protection and Orton only compounded things as he had no answer for the pressure either. When Orton did have opportunities, he seemed to miss them just as he did in Week 10. The aforementioned goal-line scramble and later an overthrow of Watkins missing what should have been a long touchdown. Watkins had beaten the coverage and was well behind it, but Orton failed to put enough air under the throw as it sailed just beyond the reach of his receiver. Had the two connected it would have been a 47-yard touchdown pass. Orton managed to avoid turning the ball over, but not without putting in a valiant effort to do so on a throw to Chris Hogan over the middle where the safety just outright dropped a sure interception that had house call written all over it. Never coming off his first read, Louis Delmas just followed Orton's eyes to the ball.
2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (24 / 32 / 230 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Falling somewhere between Aaron Rodgers and a Mike Vick/Geno Smith mashup, Kyle Orton was as solid as he's been in 2014 on Monday despite a tumultuous week culminating with a "home" game in Detroit as he threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. In the midst of touchdown drought seven quarters long, the importance of the Bills opening drive was not lost on Orton and he made sure to take advantage of the short field to snap the skid with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods that showed a much improved chemistry between quarterback and receiver. Working from the slot, Woods feigned an inside move on the overmatched linebacker with inside leverage but did so only so Orton could safely put the throw on his back shoulder where the defense could do nothing about it. Orton perfectly placed the ball and Woods was able to contort just enough to haul the pass in. Just as he started the half, Orton finished it with his second touchdown pass as he hit Scott Chandler down the seam for 19 yards for the late score. Chandler released off the line and only had to clear the linebacker before breaking into gaping hole in the Jets zone defense. Orton lasered the pass in before the back end of the coverage could react for an all too easy touchdown. The play prior Orton had tried to spoil the drive after taking a horrendous sack where he held the ball for what seemed like forever, but made up for by connecting with Chandler. Orton led three more scoring drives in the second half, but game flow took over so quickly Orton rarely needed to do much more than hand the ball off to his running backs. Orton completed passes to eight different receivers, but it was quite evident Woods was his favorite target including his only two completions over 20 yards. Both coming on vertical routes, Woods made a ridiculous one-handed catch for 27 yards on the first before Orton threw a perfect pass on the second for a 37-yards gain. Orton didn't turn the ball over for a third straight game and outside the one atrocious sack, executed the quick passing game competently.
2014 Week 13 vs CLE (17 / 31 / 190 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After one of his better performances in Week 12, Kyle Orton really struggled on Sunday on his way to a paltry 190 passing yards, only one touchdown and two interceptions. Only four of Orton's completions went for more than 13 yards, accounting for 65% of his yards, and only one of those throws travelled further than 10 yards. Coming on fourth down, as the Bills were grossly inept on third down, Orton did a nice job to escape a collapsing pocket as he targeted Robert Woods deep down the field. Orton actually slightly underthrew his receiver, but Woods was able to elevate and fight through an interfering Buster Skrine for the 34-yard gain. The following play, Orton threw his only touchdown pass of the game as he hit Chris Hogan on a four-yard quick out and he outran the defender to the front corner of the end zone. Orton's first trip inside the red zone was not nearly as successful, however, as he threw his first of two interceptions trying to hit Sammy Watkins on a post. The coverage allowed for an inside release, but Orton never took his eyes off Watkins and Jim Leonhard was able to come from the opposite side of the field and bat the deflection to himself for the interception in the end zone. Orton opened the second half with another mistake as Joe Haden beat Watkins to the ball on a slant and was able intercept the pass. The throw was a bit forced and Watkins' effort was uninspiring, but ultimately the two were just beat by better coverage. Carried by a tremendous effort from the Bills defense on Sunday, Orton must be better as the schedule ramps up considerably in coming weeks.
2014 Week 14 vs DEN (38 / 57 / 355 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Kyle Orton returned to Denver and threw for a season high 355 yards, but his production through the air was far from indicative of his play as Orton threw two costly interceptions and was sacked four times as the offense only produced three points through three quarters. Content to work the short passing game early seemed to bear some fruit as two of the first three drives were at least 10 plays and entered Bronco territory. However, it only resulted in three points and with a mounting deficit, Orton was forced to open it up and things devolved quickly. After two straight three and outs to end the first half, the latter of which only went backwards with two sacks, Orton made his first huge mistake on the opening drive of the second half. Trying to hit Scott Chandler as he sat down between the coverage over the middle, Orton inexplicably double pumped on the short pass. Linebacker Brandon Marshall collapsed on the initial fake and by the time Orton actually delivered the ball the defender was in perfect position to snatch the errant throw. Orton seemed to recover the following drive as he connected on six of seven throws, including a 35-yard connection with Sammy Watkins that saw the quarterback show a rare moment of mobility in the pocket and step up before hitting Watkins deep down the sideline. It was all for naught, however, as Orton's previous brilliance was promptly overshadowed by another poor throw into coverage. Orton was clearly locked into Robert Woods from the break of the huddle and unfortunately Woods didn't do his quarterback any favors either as he lazily ran the deep post. Chris Harris never had to adjust his coverage and easily stepped in front of the pass for the interception, killing a drive (and any hopes of a comeback) that had just reached the Denver 19-yard line. Orton was able to put some throws together and finally reach the end zone, but mostly because the Broncos relaxed their coverage and let him work safely underneath as his first touchdown pass was the 13th play of a near six minute drive well into the fourth quarter. Chris Hogan was lined up in the slot and was able to utilize an unintentional rub from an in-cutting Sammy Watkins as he broke outside to separate from the coverage. Aquib Talib slipped on the collusion and Hogan ran untouched into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. Orton reached the end zone again two drives later, this time sneaking in from the one after 11 completions on 16 straight throws. The final touchdown brought the Bills within a score, but it was evident it had less to do with Kyle Orton making things happen and a lot more to do with a Denver defense allowing it to happen. Orton did show some flashes, including some moments of pocket manipulation that he hasn't shown up to this point and another 4th and 15+ conversion, but ultimately just wasn't good enough on a day when the Broncos were quite vulnerable. Another game the Bills, and Orton especially, will look back on with immense regret.
2014 Week 15 vs GB (14 / 27 / 158 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
Proving yet again how illegitimate "quarterback wins" as a metric are in grading signal callers, Kyle Orton provided almost nothing to his team offensively in easily the Bills biggest win of the season. In fact, one could easily argue Orton's play was more a detriment to the Buffalo cause as he threw one interception, was sacked three times and only amassed 158 yards passing with no touchdowns. Certainly Orton's stat line was negatively affected by some drops from his receivers (Robert Woods had a couple as did Fred Jackson), but the bigger issue was the offense lacking any sort of rhythm. Orton could only commander four drives that were longer than five plays and the offense again failed to reach the end zone. Orton's longest completion went for 40 yards, but was the result of blown coverage as Bryce Brown lined up out wide and the Packers simply left him uncovered. More than half of Orton's completions covered less than 10 yards, as the majority of his throws that went beyond that distance were downright ugly. After badly missing Woods on a post in the end zone, Orton blindly went to Sammy Watkins on a vertical a bit later. Tramon Williams was on top of Watkins from the snap, but Orton threw it anyway and the corner easily picked the pass off. Later Orton looked Watkins' way again, with Bills driving deep into Green Bay territory, but gave his open receiver no shot as the pass was both wide and about 10 feet too tall. Orton also threw too quickly to Woods on what could have been a huge play on the Bills final drive. Woods was moments from breaking his coverage, but because Orton was too quick on the trigger his receiver never got into stride and the pass fell eight yards too deep. With the Bills trying to bleed the clock later in the same drive, Orton again went into his "uncatchable bag of throws" as his toss to Watkins just might have hit Jim Kelly's name plate in the Bills Ring of Honor about 40 rows deep. Maybe it was an homage to former great quarterback, but in the future Orton should probably consider hitting Fred Jackson who was working beneath the Watkins route and was uncovered with plenty of space to get up field.
2014 Week 16 vs OAK (32 / 49 / 329 / 3 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
For the second time in three games Kyle Orton passed for more than 300 yards and at least two touchdowns on Sunday, but his statistical production smelled more of a bowling alley air freshener hopelessly trying to mask the consequence of another (un?)successful Taco Tuesday. Orton opened the game as sharp as he's looked all season, completing eight straight passes as he confidently and consistently delivered the ball. Orton's first touchdown pass came in the midst of that run, as he hit Sammy Watkins for a 42-yard touchdown. Working off play action, Orton manipulated safety Charles Woodson with his eyes as he looked to Chris Hogan underneath Watkins to open up a gaping hole in the deep middle of the field. A trailing DJ Hayden never did see the inside throw and Watkins snatched it out of the air almost uncontested. Orton's early confidence was shattered, however, a mere one drive later as he threw his first of two interceptions. Targeting Scott Chandler down the seam, Orton questionably put the pass on a line and in doing so negated Chandler's towering advantage over Woodson. The veteran defensive back looked much more part of receiver as he intercepted the poor throw, as Chandler was helpless to stop it. Orton nearly threw another interception his very next dropback as he badly underthrew Chris Hogan on a deep post. Hogan had broken the coverage and appeared well on his way to a huge play, but was let down by Orton. A trailing T.J. Carrie had a good shot at the interception but couldn't control the ball as he tumbled to the ground. Clearly shaken, Orton and the offense put on a punt parade over the next two and half quarters before the veteran quarterback found the end zone again early in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chandler. Again attacking the seam, this time Orton put a little air on the throw and took advantage of a tumbling linebacker. Ray-Ray Armstrong lost his footing just before the pass arrived making for an uncontested catch for the tight end as he caught the ball just short of the end zone before powering his way in. Two drives later Orton made his second crucial mistake of the game and all but sealed the Bills elimination from playoff contention. After a sack set the team well behind the sticks, Orton tried to make something happen with a deep shot to Hogan over the middle of the field. Orton badly airmailed his intended receiver, however, and safety Brandian Ross centerfielded the errant throw for an interception. Orton would go on to throw one more touchdown on what was probably his best all-around play. At the speed of the slowest of slo-mos, Orton was able to escape the pocket and float towards the sideline as he waited for one of his receivers to open up. Robert Woods was that receiver as he reversed his route just as Orton threw a perfect pass to the back corner of the end zone for the 20-yard touchdown. Though he flashed occasionally, unfortunately Orton just wasn't good enough in the meat of the game when the Raiders took control and forced the Bills to chase a constant deficit.
2014 Week 17 vs NE (16 / 23 / 176 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
In a game that was decided from the start in ways, Kyle Orton and the Bills offense played against a Patriots defense that had key defenders either inactive or rested at halftime. Orton's overall day was decent, but not spectacular, and in some ways, arguably a microcosm of his career. Orton only made one key mistake, but did have a few inaccurate passes. Orton's key mistake on a strip sack but Jamie Collins. On the play, Orton received initial pressure from Collins, and as soon as that initial pressure happened, Orton should have immediately fired the ball away or gone to the ground and taken the loss. Instead, he tried to improvise and kept looking around for a pass, allowing Collins to come back around and strip the ball from Orton. Beyond that, Orton had a few off throws, including a throw behind C.J. Spiller and a wide overthrow of Chris Hogan that would have gained decent yardage. Pressure on Orton wasn't too bad all things considered, and his running game did enough to warrant respect. Orton connected with Sammy Watkins on a solid throw and solid YAC by his receiver for the only truly big play of the day for the Bills offense. The passing touchdown for the Bills came on a short toss to Robert Woods that any human being with an arm could have completed, as the Patriots completely blew coverage and Woods was left wide open in the red zone.
2013 Week 17 vs PHI (30 / 46 / 358 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton replaced the injured Tony Romo and got the start in the crucial win-or-go-home matchup with the Eagles to close the regular season. The game plan was simple to start the game: Focus on the run game and give Orton simple throws. That worked well as Orton navigated a promising drive into field goal range, including drawing the Eagles offside on third-and-short. A DeMarco Murray fumble in field goal range derailed the early momentum for the offense. Jason Witten was Orton's security blanket as Orton targeted his tight end on more than a third of his pass attempts. Dallas got down early with a 10-0 deficit, but Orton was up to the challenge, finding Terrance Williams down the seam for a clutch third-and-long conversion at a key moment in the first half. Orton controlled the line of scrimmage well and rarely held the ball in the pocket to allow the rush into his throwing range. Late in the first half, Dallas had a chance to take the lead, but an Orton throw to Witten was slightly behind him, bobbled, and ultimately intercepted in the final two minutes. Despite 234 total yards at the break, Dallas found themselves down 17-10 due to two turnovers. The cautiousness left Orton and the passing game in the second half with their season on the line. The running game bogged down and Orton looked more comfortable going down the field. Every time the Cowboys had the ball with an opportunity to take the lead, they managed to squander the possession. Orton missed a few deep throws in the second half, multiple times targeting Dez Bryant against single coverage down the sidelines, to no avail. In what looked to be a game-changing play at the time, Orton had a tipped pass on the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-one, leaving them down 17-16 in the fourth quarter. Dallas got the ball back, down eight points late. Orton missed Bryant again down the sidelines on third-and-long, setting up a do-or-die fourth down attempt. Against the blitz, Orton found Bryant on a slant route, which Bryant broke for a long touchdown. For the tie, a back shoulder attempt was tipped away on the two-point conversion attempt. Orton had one final shot to drive for a game-winning field goal in the closing minutes. On the first play of the drive, Orton's pass to Miles Austin on a slant route was behind him and intercepted. Orton and the Dallas defense played well enough to keep them in the game, but three turnovers, including the final interception, ultimately ended the Cowboys season.
2012 Week 4 vs CHI (9 / 10 / 89 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton game in for the final series of the game, after Tony Romo had thrown his fifth interception of the game. Orton completed nine of his ten passes, but the defense was just trying to run out the clock. Orton managed the game well enough, but the Bears were not really trying either. Most of his passes were short check-downs and catch-and-run passes out into the flat. The TD pass that he had to Jason Witten was as time was about to expire, and it was a short stick route where Orton hit him right as he crossed the goal line. It was a meaningless TD while the game was completely out of reach.
2011 Week 1 vs OAK (24 / 46 / 304 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Orton had a nightmarish night, but he wasn't helped by the conservative playcalling. Orton was off most of the night, and he never seemed to be in rhythm for more than a few plays in a row. He had an interception on a miscommunication with Brandon Lloyd, and he also lost a fumble that pretty much ended the Broncos chances in a close game in the fourth quarter with them driving. He couldn't convert in the red zone until the last five minutes of the game, when he finally did seem to be getting into the flow of the game, but the Raiders running game kept him from having a chance to tie or win the game late.
2011 Week 2 vs CIN (15 / 25 / 195 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton, with his receiving corps decimated, did a decent job in leading the offense against Cincinnati. However, Orton was mostly erratic with his throws, often missing targets or throwing ill-advised passes, notably one to the outside that should have been intercepted by the LB in coverage. When given time, Orton hit a couple of nice passes, including a comeback route to Matt Willis where the ball was perfectly delivered on a rope right into the receiver's hands. With the Broncos receiving corps decimated, the team relied on the ground game. As such, Orton operated off play action at times, but was unable to hit any big plays until later in the game. Orton tossed a touchdown pass to WR Eric Decker on a quick slant route. Orton put the ball out in front of Decker so he could simply run on to it and take it the rest of the way for a score. It was one of Orton's more impressive throws of the game. Orton looked to Decker for his second touchdown pass, throwing a well-executed back shoulder fade to the sideline. Two defensive backs got tangled up and both went for Decker, but both missed and Decker sprinted untouched into the end zone. The vibe around Mile High was not good for Orton, who was stripped of the football by DE Michael Johnson after holding the ball too long. This play was followed by boos from certain pockets of Bronco fans. Orton's performance overall, considering his lack of receivers, was commendable, but his overall play will be increasingly scrutinised in the coming weeks.
2011 Week 3 vs TEN (24 / 39 / 173 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton had an uneven performance against the Titans in week three. On the one hand he was successful in engineering drives that kept the chains moving. On the other hand, he threw two untimely interceptions that stopped momentum at key moments. His second interception came on the final offensive play of the game for the Broncos. On the play, the ball was batted at the line of scrimmage and fell in to the waiting arms of Will Witherspoon. Orton's biggest problem against Tennessee was an inability to pass the ball downfield. While he had a 32 yard completion to tight end Daniel Fells, only two of his 23 other completions went for more then an 15 yards. Otherwise, Orton spent much of the day throwing screen passes, slants, and out routes to his receivers in hopes that they could create yardage after the catch. His best pass of the day came on a 5 yard pass to Matt Willis that resulted in the first points of the game. On the play, Willis lined up on the right side and ran a quick out to the front corner of the endzone. Orton took the snap, quickly pivoted, and riffled the ball to Willis before the covering linebacker could get outside to cover him.
2011 Week 4 vs GB (22 / 32 / 273 / 3 / 3 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
This was a game where Denver needed Kyle Orton to play above his capabilities and unfortunately he did not. His first throw of the game was an overthrow to his TE Daniel Fells heading to the sideline. That set the tone for what was going to come later. On the 2nd drive of the game Orton threw a 10 yard out to Eric Decker but Charles Woodson had other ideas and quickly undercut the pass and intercepted it returning it all the way for a pick 6 on Orton. Early on in the game Orton looked very shaky. Once Denver was behind 21-3 he started to put together a couple drives to help Denver pull within 21-17. At one time he was actually 16 for 20 in the 1st half. But along the way he had some terrible throws. On a flea flicker with Brandon Lloyd 20 yards behind the defense he under threw the ball so badly that Lloyd had to not only wait but almost fall to the ground in order to make the catch and then Green Bay caught up to him and kept him from scoring. Later in the 2nd half he almost repeated the same throw that was picked off by Woodson, only this time it was Morgan Burnett who undercut the throw and simply could not come down with the ball or it would have been an interception. The interception later in the game b Sam Shields was another badly under thrown ball as Shields was beaten on the play by Lloyd but had time to recover and make the interception. He did manage to hit Eric Decker in the 2nd quarter on a 33 yard touchdown that was put where only the WR could make a play on it. There just were not enough big plays by Orton and he does not have the arm strength to make defenses pay down the field.
2011 Week 5 vs SD (6 / 13 / 34 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Right from the outset, it was painfully obvious who the fans wanted to see in the game. On nearly every incomplete pass, every poor decision, every punt...the fans clamored for Tim Tebow to get a chance to play. It didn't help that Orton played about as poorly as he ever has. He was in the process of being wrapped up and falling away to his left, so he made the truly awful decision of trying to throw the ball against his body out in the flat to the right side. The pass was, not surprisingly, intercepted. Later, he let one fly downfield while on the run that also should've been intercepted, but was instead dropped by the defender. Every time he threw a third down incompletion or a short pass or a throwaway, there was a camera shot of Tebow. Orton just looked bad, throwing balls behind guys, in front of guys...anywhere but where it needed to be. Finally, by the middle of the third quarter John Fox decided he had seen enough and sent Tebow in. At that point, the Broncos trailed 23-10. With Tebow in the game, they outscored San Diego 14-6 and had the ball with a chance to win it in the final seconds. The Broncos are off next week, but Tebow has certainly tossed his hat into the ring to potentially start over Orton when the team returns from its bye week.
2011 Week 13 vs CHI (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton opened the second quarter after Palko had a very pedestrian 1st quarter (27 passing yards and was sacked twice to end the first quarter). On his first play, Orton dropped back and threw the ball deep down the middle of the field. The ball was way off targets and fell harmlessly incomplete, but Orton took a hard shot and dis-located his index finger on his throwing hand. He went to the sideliens, had it popped back into place but did not return to the game after that.
2011 Week 15 vs GB (23 / 31 / 299 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / -5 / 0 rush)
You might look at the 19-14 score and Orton's 0 TD-0 INT performance as a sign that he was merely a game manager on Sunday. The fact is he was one part Pro Bowl QB (between the 20s) and one part rusty QB. Orton marched the Chiefs up and down the field against the Packers' secondary only to find himself (and the offense) completely confounded once they got inside the red zone. Orton was an astounding 22/25 for 291 yards outside the Packers 20 in this game but just 1/6 for 8 yards inside the red zone. On the first drive, Orton led the Chiefs on a 14 play, 79 yard drive before having TD passes dropped by both Steve Breaston and Leron McClain. On the second drive, he took the Chiefs right back to the red zone with a couple of beautifully executed play-action fake passes to wide open targets. This time the red zone failures were his own as he underthrew Jon Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe at the goal line on back to back plays. Both throws were back shoulder down the left sideline and just a little bit short of the target. Orton completed a perfectly timed deep hitch route for 14 yards to Dwayne Bowe to start the Chiefs third drive. Later in the drive he again hooked up with Bowe on a pump-and-go for 15 yards, fooling DB Charles Woodson badly with the pump fake. The Chiefs took the air out of the ball a bit in the middle of the game, running on 9 out of 10 plays (for a grand total of 18 yards) but that really worked to Ortons' advantage when he went back to the play-action in the third quarter and found tight end Leonard Pope wide open in the seam for 39 yard gain. In the 4th quarter, Orton again found Pope open on the play action, this time for 33 yards, all the way down to the Packers' 3 yard line. He then made nearly his biggest mistake of the game, forcing a ball to Jon Baldwin that could have been picked off. It was not and Chiefs settled for their 4th FG of the game. As impressive as Orton's number were, they could have been much better as he was pretty unlucky to not have at least one TD pass in the game.
2011 Week 16 vs OAK (21 / 36 / 300 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Once again Orton marched the Chiefs up and down the field only to find it almost impossible to finish the drive. The game started pretty rough for Orton as he threw incomplete on his first three passes. Considering that one went to a tackle and another to a fullback it isn't all that surprising that two of the three were dropped. Orton completed 3 straight on the Chiefs first scoring drive, all three short passes to different receivers. Orton nearly reversed his red zone fortunes in the second quarter when he threw a near perfect pass to Dwayne Bowe on a post in the end zone. Unfortunately, the star wide out dropped the pass and Orton underthrew his next pass into the arms of a Raiders defender. Orton completed 4 of 6 passes in the two minute drill to end the half including a well thrown post to Bowe and a perfectly timed out to Baldwin but the drive resulted in a blocked FG and he couldn't carry the momentum over to the second half. After a slow start to the half, Orton connected beautifully with Terrence Copper for a 43 yard gain. Orton first made a great play fake to freeze the linebackers, then looked off the safety before hitting Copper in stride well downfield. That put the Chiefs in the red zone again and their struggles continued. On third and goal, Orton had a wide open Jackie Battle in the end zone but he underthrew the pass and had it deflected at the line. It should have been an easy TD. Orton didn't start the 4th quarter much better as he threw his second pick. It was again a post to Bowe, this time Orton threw it just behind his target and the Raiders' DB stepped in front of Bowe to make the pick. Orton's best drive of the day came on with 2:57 to go in the game and the Chiefs down 7. He had plenty of help from his backs and receivers on the drive including a great diving catch made by Bowe to start the drive. Orton then connected with Bowe for 13 yards across the middle just before the 2 minute warning. Two plays later he threw a screen pass to Dexter Mccluster who used his speed and great blocking to turn it into a 49 yard pass, setting the Chiefs up again in the red zone. Orton wasted no time in throwing and hitting Bowe with a well-placed back shoulder bullet for his first passing TD as a Chief. Orton got one more chance in regulation and connected with Bowe over the middle for 25 as he was hit and hit Terrence Copper in the flats on a ball just out of the defenders reach. Only another blocked FG prevented him from being the hero. He can only hope that the TD pass to Bowe finally rid the Chiefs of their red zone demons.
2011 Week 17 vs DEN (15 / 29 / 180 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
If anyone ever doubted the importance of Dwayne Bowe to the Kansas City passing attack, a look at Orton's production from this game would be all you would need. Orton was 10/18for 128 yards in the first half with Bowe in the game. In the second half with Bowe on the sideline he was 5/11 for 52 yards. One of Orton's completions to Bowe down the left sideline may have been a TD had Orton led Bowe by just a little more, but the receiver had to veer to the sideline and went out of bounds after the catch. On the Chiefs lone TD drive, Orton focused mostly on Bowe, completing his only three passes to him. Orton also made a perfect throw on a deep in to Bowe just before the half. In the second half Orton really didn't have anyone that could get open. He threw a nice slant to Breaston where only he could catch it. He also connected with Leonard Pope who was wide open because of a great play action fake. In the 4th quarter Orton's only real connection of note was a great throw on 3rd and 9 to Jon Baldwin right at the marker. It was by no means a stellar performance from Orton but the game script and Bowe's second half absence had a lot to do with that.
2010 Week 1 vs JAX (21 / 33 / 295 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 2 vs SEA (25 / 35 / 307 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -5 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 3 vs IND (37 / 57 / 476 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 4 vs TEN (35 / 50 / 341 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Everything that happened offensively for the Broncos on Sunday pretty much went through Orton and he deserves the most credit of any Denver player. 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.
2010 Week 5 vs BAL (23 / 38 / 314 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 6 vs NYJ (14 / 34 / 209 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 7 vs OAK (12 / 29 / 198 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 8 vs SF (28 / 40 / 369 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 10 vs KC (22 / 34 / 296 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 11 vs SD (24 / 38 / 217 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 12 vs STL (24 / 41 / 347 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 13 vs KC (9 / 28 / 117 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 14 vs ARI (19 / 41 / 166 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 1 vs CIN (17 / 28 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Orton was wearing a glove on his throwing hand because of his injured finger, but showed no ill effects when he threw the football. He was able to throw with surprising velocity, and the glove did not change the way the ball came out of his hand. Orton moved around well behind the line of scrimmage, and even though he was sacked three times he was not holding on to the ball too long. Being safe with the football was the name of the game for Orton, as he rarely threw into coverage and didn't throw much past 15 yards in the game. Orton placed the ball in the right spot on most of his throws, and he was leading his receivers well. However, he did get both Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall crushed by not anticipating the angle the defense was taking on his receivers. He'll have to improve in that area or else it could lead to an injury to one of his main weapons. When the game was on the line, Orton started to throw deep sideline routes and almost had one of his passes picked off. In fact, the pass to Brandon Marshall that was deflected by Leon Hall could have easily been intercepted. Instead, it was deflected and plucked out of the air by Brandon Stokley and the rest is week 1 history.
2009 Week 2 vs CLE (19 / 37 / 263 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
This is perhaps Orton's last week of wearing a glove on his throwing hand because of his injured finger. The glove didn't bother him last week, and it didn't bother him this week either. His passes still came off of his hand with good velocity, and he did a good job of placing the ball in the perfect spot for his receivers to make a play after the catch. The only time Orton's passes didn't look good, was when he was forced to throw on the run. He was able to get into a rhythm early, and overall looked very comfortable in the pocket. The Broncos came out firing and went play action on the first play, where Orton was able to find Jabar Gaffney deep for 25 yards. Orton even stood strong and was hit hard as he tried to deliver a pass to Brandon Marshall in the first quarter. The pass fell incomplete because Marshall didn't recognize the blitz and cut off his route. Orton threw short, while Marshall continued to run deep. Coach Josh McDaniels had a gameplan to pick on cornerback Brandon McDonald, and the Broncos were consistently throwing in his direction. Orton didn't get his receivers killed this week on crossing routes, and overall did a good job of leading them in the right direction. He even got out in front of Eddie Royal as Royal tried to reverse his field after the reception. Orton blocked his man like a quarterback, but we give him an "A" for effort. Orton was still safe with the football, but he had plenty of time to throw, didn't get sacked all day, and challenged the defense deep when he could.
2009 Week 3 vs OAK (13 / 23 / 157 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Broncos ran the ball very well, so Orton didn't have to pass very much this week in an easy win. The name of the game for the Broncos is efficient/effective passing, with most passes not going past 15 yards. For the third week in a row he was wearing a glove on his throwing hand because of his injured finger, but it has not bothered his throwing motion whatsoever. He had plenty of time to throw on Sunday, and was frequently lining up in the shotgun. Orton even ran a bootleg play where he rolled to his right and found Tony Scheffler for a first down. Because he was not pressured much, Orton was very patient when going through his progressions and didn't make any ill-advised throws. On his lone touchdown pass of the day, Orton waited patiently while Marshall came open in the end zone. He stood strong and delivered the pass on the money even though he was hit hard immediately after the ball left his hand.
2009 Week 4 vs DAL (20 / 29 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Broncos offense was shooting itself in the foot early in this game with offensive penalties, and poorly thrown passes. Right tackle Ryan Harris was concerned about facing DeMarcus Ware and kept getting false start penalties as he was trying to get an early step to protect Orton. The Cowboys did sack Orton three times on the day, but for the most part he had plenty of time to throw. It seemed like for the first time in four games, the glove Orton was wearing to protect his injured finger was actually bothering him. Several passes sailed on Orton, and even when he did hit his target the ball was not placed in the right spot. After trying to connect with Jabar Gaffney on a couple of passes, finally at the end of the first quarter Orton was able to hit him on an eight-yard out. It was that pass that seemed to get the momentum and rhythm going for the Broncos passing game. The rest of the day Orton threw the ball well, and he continued to sprinkle in a few shots downfield when the play was there. The touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno could have been intercepted, but it went right through OLB Anthony Spencer's hands. The touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall was short, but when coverage is tight a quarterback is taught to throw the stop so his receiver can come back and get the ball. Orton and the offense overcame their rough start and finished the game strong.
2009 Week 5 vs NE (35 / 48 / 330 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
This was the first week Orton played without a glove on his throwing hand, and he commented before the game how he had a better feel of the football and that he trusted himself more without the glove. That confidence showed up on Sunday as Orton threw the ball 48 times against the Patriots. The Broncos debuted their "Wild Horses" offensive formation, which is their version of the Wildcat. Instead of bringing in a Wildcat QB, the Broncos instead would often line up Orton out wide and then motion him back under center. Starting a play in this formation simplifies the defensive look, and the Broncos had plenty of success both running and passing out of the Wild Horses formation. Once again, Orton was safe and effective when distributing the football and his one interception on the day came on a hail mary pass at the end of the second quarter. In addition to changing up their formations, the Broncos also substituted a lot of players in and out of the game which seemed to confuse the New England defense. The primary mismatch the Broncos looked to exploit was cornerback Leigh Bodden on Eddie Royal. Orton did a good job of looking off defenders, only to hit Royal on a timing route.
2009 Week 6 vs SD (20 / 29 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)
Orton was calm, cool, and collected in this heated matchup of division rivals on Monday night. The Chargers tried to get after Orton to force him into mistakes, but often he would throw the ball away, throw it in the dirt, or just take the sack. Orton also did a good job of finding his hot read when the blitz was on. Most of the time it was tight end Tony Scheffler, who spent most of the night split out as a wide receiver. Orton took his shots downfield when the throw was there, with limited success. This was his second game without the glove on his throwing hand, and once again his release seemed natural and fluid. The veteran quarterback also did a good job of setting up defenders, which resulted in big plays later in the game. The Broncos did a good job of protecting Orton, and with plenty of time in the pocket he was able to make it all the way through his progressions and find the open receiver.
2009 Week 8 vs BAL (23 / 37 / 152 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
The tone for the day was set on the first offensive play for the Denver Broncos. Kyle Orton dropped back and barely had enough time to set his feet when linebacker Jarrett Johnson crushed him from the blind side. That one play pretty much summed up the Broncos day, because with the exception of one drive the Broncos offense was out of rhythm all game long. The Broncos did not use any "Wild Horses" offense to slow down the Ravens, instead relying on screen passes that were immediately sniffed out. Like most every week there were a few Orton passes that should have been intercepted, but all in all he was safe with the football. When the Ravens didn't get to him, they were knocking him down just after the pass or batting down passes from the air. To his credit, Orton took some big shots during the day but stood strong and didn't let the rush make him a timid passer.
2009 Week 9 vs PIT (23 / 38 / 221 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton started out this contest well, but when the game was out of hand he became careless with the football. With right tackle Ryan Harris out with a toe injury the Broncos were quite concerned about the right side of the offensive line. Tyler Polumbus replaced Harris in the lineup and they added Ryan Hochstein as a tackle eligible, and put him on the right side behind Polumbus to help protect Kyle Orton. The strategy worked initially, and the added protection helped Kyle Orton get into a rhythm with the football. However, in the second half things began to fall apart for the Broncos. The pass rush started to get to Orton, and the play action passes that worked in the first half didn't have the same effect on the defense in the final two quarters. Orton's receivers didn't do him any favors either. They dropped passes that Orton had to throw a little sooner than he'd like. His motion became sloppy as the rush continued to get pressure on him, and Orton's passes began to sail. As a result his passes were high and off target, which led to them being picked off by an opportunistic Steelers defense.
2009 Week 10 vs WAS (11 / 18 / 193 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton started out hot. His second pass of the game was a 40-yard touchdown to Brandon Marshall. Two passes later he re-connected with Marshall for a 75-yard score. After losing to the Ravens and the Steelers you could tell that this hot start meant a lot to the Broncos, the offense, and especially to Orton. He had plenty of time to throw, and Knowshon Moreno was running strong which helped keep the defense honest. Orton did a good job with pump fakes, and used his eyes to move the defenders where he wanted to open up passing lanes. Orton's worst play of the day was when he overthew Eddie Royal on a pass about 40-yards downfield that would have been a 79-yard touchdown catch. With time expiring in the second quarter Orton scrambled up the middle as the Broncos were 9-yards away from scoring again. He was tackled by Brian Orakpo, and in the process of the play had his ankle injured. He missed the rest of the game because of the injury, and left the locker room on crutches after the game.
2009 Week 11 vs SD (15 / 29 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton did not start the game, giving way to Chris Simms for the team's first two possessions. However, after Simms started off poorly and San Diego opened up an early lead, Orton came on in relief. It was a curious call, because if Orton was healthy enough to play then one has to wonder why he did not start. In any case, it was to no avail, as he was clearly less than 100% in the game. On his first drive, it appeared as if Orton was going to lead them back into it by moving the ball about sixty yards in three plays. But after getting the team inside the five yard line, Knowshon Moreno fumbled the ball away at the goal line for the turnover. Orton was intercepted late in the first half on an incredible play by Antonio Cromartie, and there were several more near-misses in the second half. He nearly threw two different pick-six interceptions, and another right over the middle that was dropped by LB Stephen Cooper. Towards the end of the game, after being hit and hurried repeatedly, Orton finally looked like a player who wasn't supposed to have started. While his status for next week is officially unclear, it would appear that he will get the start considering he was able to complete this entire game.
2009 Week 12 vs NYG (18 / 28 / 245 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton was able to start on Thanksgiving night and he showed no signs of issues with his ankle. He was able to move around just fine, but for the most part he was not under much pressure from the Giants when he did drop back to pass. Orton relied more on the ground game which was working all night as Denver ran the ball 39 times in comparison to 28 pass attempts. Orton threw mostly short passes to Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler, but he did throw deep twice to Brandon Marshall who made two spectacular one-handed grabs. Orton is more of a game manager than a big game passer, but he is effective in controlling the offense for the Broncos.
2009 Week 13 vs KC (15 / 25 / 180 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton seemed a little off on some of his throws Sunday against the Chiefs. The Broncos were able to move the ball effectively both on the ground and through the air, but Orton's passes weren't as crisp as they usually are. His first interception of the game came on a deflected pass in the end zone, but the pass was ill advised to begin with. He tried to squeeze it in to Tony Scheffler at the back of the end zone, but Chiefs defenders were swarming around. His shorter passes seemed to either hit the dirt or sail high, and a few of his deep targets were swatted away at the last minute. Orton did a good job with play action passes, and was able to stay confident against the Chiefs pass rush.
2009 Week 14 vs IND (29 / 41 / 277 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
The Colts were after Orton early in the game, and it looked like the Broncos may get blown out once again in Indy. However, Orton started force feeding the football to Brandon Marshall more than ever with great results. Orton targeted Brandon Marshall an eye-popping 28 times on Sunday, and did not target any other receiver more than 4 times. It quickly became obvious that the Broncos best chance to beat the Colts was through the air - and specifically by throwing to Brandon Marshall. The Broncos kept going back to the well, and that's what led to such a big day for the duo. Orton's lone interception on the day came on a pass that he underthrew which was intended for Brandon Marshall. The big wideout was double covered, and Orton threw the ball short instead of throwing it to the back of the endzone. Had he done that it would have meant another target, and another touchdown for the team on Sunday. Instead, the pass was picked off and the momentum swung back to Indianapolis.
2009 Week 15 vs OAK (19 / 34 / 278 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)
The Broncos had Orton rolling out to his right early and often on Sunday. Orton's not the best quarterback when throwing on the run, but seemed more comfortable on bootlegs then he did earlier in the year. The Raiders pass rush got to Orton later in the game, and several key passes fell incomplete as Orton was flustered. Because the Broncos have been struggling in short yardage situations they decided to run a few quarterback sneaks with Orton which were not successful. Orton had one touchdown pass on the day where he kept the play alive by stepping up in the pocket before he found Brandon Marshall in the end zone. However, after a 63-yard gain by Brandon Stokley that got the Broncos down to the 2-yard line Orton could not connect on a touch pass to tight end Tony Scheffler in the end zone. The play calling was questionable by the Broncos, but the execution just wasn't there for the passing game. Orton failed to put in a consistent performance for the second week in a row.
2009 Week 16 vs PHI (27 / 41 / 189 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton led a comeback against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, marching his team back from a 27-10 deficit in the third quarter to a tied contest with just over six minutes to play. Missing Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokley as targets, Orton connected with Brandon Marshall and Jabar Gaffney on several short tosses that was nearly enough for the upset win on the road. Orton struggled to make any big plays through the air, however, with just one pass over 20 yards and just five others over 10 yards, but did hit Gaffney twice and Knowshon Moreno once in the red zone for his three touchdown throws. Orton nearly committed a huge mistake on the opening driver where he tried to throw the ball away due to pressure. Orton threw the ball sideways and the Eagles ran the loose ball into the end zone. Only a coach's challenged was able to get the officials to take those points off the board once they ruled it an incomplete forward pass. Orton's 7.0 yards per completion was very pedestrian as the Eagles allowed just short and quick-hitting passes to Denver.
2009 Week 17 vs KC (32 / 56 / 431 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Orton once again struggled to make good decisions with the football on Sunday. He threw 3 interceptions against the Chiefs, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns by linebacker Derrick Johnson. Orton was not pressured very much by the Chiefs defense, and when the game started it seemed like he only had eyes for Jabar Gaffney. The veteran wideout had 10 receptions at halftime, but the Chiefs changed their coverage schemes so Orton looked to find other receiving weapons. He showed good chemistry with Brandon Lloyd for the second week in a row but failed to recognize when the Chiefs linebackers were sitting down in zone coverage. Orton did not look overwhelmed for most of this game, and even dove head first to pick up a first down at one point during the contest. The veteran quarterback knew what was on the line, and he wasn't pressing - he just didn't have a good day.
2008 Week 1 vs IND (13 / 21 / 150 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
With the Bears playing ahead for most of this game, Orton wasn't forced to make a lot of plays on offense and instead was able to take what the Colts' defense was giving him. Completing passes to seven different receivers, the Chicago quarterback was effective in helping the offense move the chains. Twice he hooked up with a tight end on a big third down play that allowed Chicago to put points on the board. The first of those completions came with 24 seconds left in the second quarter on a third and 15 play when Orton hooked up with Greg Olson on a 29 yard pass that took the ball down to the Indianapolis seven yard line. Two plays later, Robbie Gould kicked a 25 yard field goal as the half ended that pushed the Bears' lead to 15-6. Orton's second big third down completion came in the fourth quarter when a 26 yard pass to Desmond Clark put the ball at the Colts' one yard line. A couple of plays later, a one yard touchdown run by RB Jason McKie put Chicago up 29-13.
2008 Week 2 vs CAR (19 / 32 / 149 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Orton started the game strong, completing nine of 13 passes in the first half, but only managed to lead the Bears to a field goal. However, in the second half, Orton took advantage of good field position after an interception by the Bears' defense, leading the Bears to a touchdown and a 14 point lead. However, from that point on Orton did not look good at all, often overthrowing his receivers, and picking up a key intentional grounding play on the Bears' second to last drive on third down, forcing them to punt. As the Bears took what would be their final possession of the game, Orton could not complete either of his pass attempts, so the Panthers took over on downs and kneeled to victory.
2008 Week 3 vs TB (22 / 34 / 268 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton started very slowly. Much of this was due to the pass rush. The Chicago offensive line was pretty much absent in the first half. Both interceptions were great defensive plays. Gaines Adams slipped around Desmond Clark on a middle screen and took that interception back for a score. The second was a very nice pass to Matt Forte only to have Barrett Ruud strip the ball out of his hands. That also took a TD away from Forte and Orton. Orton was able to connect with Brandon Lloyd part way through the third quarter and the offense started to roll. After that reception Orton gained confidence and took charge of the offense. He was able to pick the Buccaneer defense apart and he paid special attention to Ronde Barber. Maybe he wanted to pay him back for the blind side sack in the first half. Orton was able to practically pass at will the rest of the half. Orton led the Bears on three scoring drives and one missed field goal after the Lloyd reception. He made two great TD passes with one going to Forte and the other to Lloyd. The second half was pretty much mistake free for Orton.
2008 Week 4 vs PHI (18 / 34 / 199 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton not only managed to have a very good game against a very tough passing defense, but he also played a major part in why the Bears won the game. For the majority of the night, Orton looked calm, collected, decisive, and accurate. In the midst of a throw in the second quarter, he was hit and the ball was flung up into the air like a lame duck - a duck that was immediately devoured by Eagles defensive end Darren Howard. Thus, only one of Orton's two interceptions on Sunday night was actually the result of his reads and poor decisions. It's appearing as if Lovie Smith and the rest of the Bears organization made the correct decision to start him over Rex Grossman.
2008 Week 5 vs DET (24 / 34 / 334 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Orton had a spectacular afternoon from the start, completing eight of his first ten passes to six different receivers. He did a great job spreading the ball around all afternoon, and was able to often find receivers wide open downfield. Orton threw for two touchdowns on the afternoon, with no turnovers.
2008 Week 6 vs ATL (26 / 43 / 286 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton completed 26 of 43 passes for 286 yards, while throwing one touchdown for 17 yards to Rashied Davis. Orton looked deep frequently, though his longest gain was for 22 yards. Despite being without the Bears apparent top receiver Brandon Lloyd, Orton did a nice job using all of his weapons, especially out of the two tight end formation, where both Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen were heavily involved. With the Bears down by two scores late, Orton was able to bring them back, primarily with the hurry up offense, to take the lead with only a few seconds to play. The Falcons were able to pull off the win, but Orton certainly didn't do anything to hurt them. He played a good game, and his job security has probably never been better.
2008 Week 7 vs MIN (21 / 32 / 283 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Orton conducted a masterful game, throwing for 283 yards and two touchdowns, fumbling once. Out of the gate Orton looked great, leading the Bears to an opening drive touchdown. As usual, he spread the ball around very well, and ended the drive throwing a dart to Greg Olsen for a touchdown. All game he benefited from great play from the O-line, having plenty of time to complete his throws.
2008 Week 9 vs DET (8 / 14 / 108 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush)
Orton was injured on a freak play at the end of the second quarter. Scrambling for a first down, Orton was tackled out of bounds, and his cleat caught on the knee of a Lions' defender and twisted his ankle to the outside. Currently it is being called a high ankle sprain and he is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. While Orton was in the game, he looked pretty good, completing eight of 14 passes for 108 yards. Orton also ran in a five yard touchdown before his afternoon was finished.
2008 Week 11 vs GB (13 / 26 / 133 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton's return was not what he had hoped for, as he completed just 13 of 26 passes for a mere 133 yards. Orton struggled to move around all game due to his ankle, which caused the Packers' pressure to force him into more bad throws. On a fourth down play, Orton had an interception wiped out by a defensive offside penalty, however the very next play he fumbled the snap and the Packers turned it into a touchdown. Orton came out of the game in the fourth quarter once the game was out of hand, probably to protect him from further injury.
2008 Week 12 vs STL (18 / 29 / 139 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Orton still seemed to be bothered by his ankle, but this week he did a better job of managing the offense and keeping the chains moving. He threw his lone touchdown to FB Jason McKie in the first quarter, a seven yard strike capping off a 63 yard drive. Orton remained turnover free, and didn't really have to make any big plays with Forte running so well.
2008 Week 13 vs MIN (11 / 29 / 153 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
QB Kyle Orton faced a lot of pressure from the Vikings front line and he was sacked three times by DL Jared Allen. He was often knocked down as he threw and made three bad decisions on each of his interceptions. He did not read the defense well and was inaccurate throughout the game. His first touchdown pass was on a quick slant to WR Devin Hester, who grabbed the ball and beat three defenders into the end zone for a long score. The second touchdown came after an interception return brought the Bears into a first and goal situation and Orton hit RB Matt Forte on the left side of the end zone for the score.
2008 Week 14 vs JAX (20 / 34 / 219 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton looks like his mobility is back. He didn't have to run out of the pocket due the lack of pass rush pressure. However, he was able to move around in the pocket to step up to throw the ball. There was no notice of a limp at all. He was able to connect for two touchdowns to both of his TEs. There were many dropped balls that could have changed the passing stats a great deal. The cold weather might have affected his WRs, but not his passing. The touchdown pass to Olson was a laser that was incredible to watch.
2008 Week 15 vs NO (24 / 40 / 172 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 6 / 1 rush)
Orton didn't do much in the first half until he scored a rushing touchdown with less then a minute left in the first half, bad ankle and all. Orton was 11 for 17 for 76 in the half as the Bears dinked and dunked their way down the field. He did have a costly fumble that help set up the Saints only touchdown in the half. Orton and the offense did little in the second half and struggled to get a first down, forcing the Bears defense to be on the field most of the half. He did move Chicago down into scoring range at the end of the game to kick a game tying field goal. He also led them down the field in overtime for the game winning kick. But Orton was ineffective most the game and did not make many plays with his arm until late in the game.
2008 Week 16 vs GB (14 / 27 / 142 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Bears offense looked terrible in the first half as Orton was only four for eight for 36 yards and no touchdowns. The offense was only able to get two first downs in the half. Orton threw for a three yard score to TE Greg Olsen early in the second half after a Packers' turnover. He would throw a costly interception late in the third quarter and another midway through the fourth quarter. Despite not playing well, Orton was able to lead the Bears down the field late in the game thanks to the running of RB Matt Forte and get a game tying touchdown. Orton made a clutch 17 yard pass to Olsen and then a 14 yard completion to Forte in overtime to set up the game winning field goal.
2008 Week 17 vs HOU (22 / 37 / 244 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 1 rush)
Orton played reasonably well, but appeared much more comfortable throwing shorter passes than longer ones. When the game was close, he threw shorter passes almost exclusively. Eleven of the intermediate and deep passes he threw were in the second half. He only connected on one deep pass, and that was in large part to a good catch by Hester in double coverage. Orton made good decisions on his shorter passes, and proved accurate on those throws. Orton looked for Devin Hester the most, targeting him nine times, with half of those targets being of the intermediate or deep variety. He looked to Greg Olsen a lot in the second half, targeting him seven times in the half, including two in the end zone, of which one was caught for a touchdown.
2007 Week 15 vs MIN (22 / 38 / 184 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Considering it had been two years since he started a regular season game, Orton played about as well as could be expected. He displayed decent footwork and stood up pretty well in the pocket, and he usually found a way to get rid of the ball before getting hit (he was sacked only once). Orton came out throwing, but he played conservatively and took care of the ball for the most part; his lone turnover, a desperation heave in the final two minutes that was picked off by S Darren Sharper, ended the final Bears threat. The big negative with Orton's performance was his inability to move the offense (seven of the fourteen Bears drives went three and out). Bottom line, he did little in this game to prove that he deserves to be a starting QB in the NFL.
2007 Week 16 vs GB (8 / 14 / 101 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kyle Orton played extremely well given the game conditions. He did exactly what was asked of him, taking care of the ball. He spent most of the day handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe, but he was able to make a number of third down plays to keep drives alive. His numbers on the day would have been even better, had Muhsin Muhammad held on to the ball that hit him in the chest in the end zone.
2007 Week 17 vs NO (12 / 27 / 190 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Orton completed just 43 percent of his passes for an average of 6.8 yards per attempt on his way to a passer rating of 77.7 and a second straight win as starting quarterback for the Bears. Though his stats were not extremely impressive, he only turned the ball over once, and certainly asserted himself back into discussions for starting quarterback of the Bears franchise based upon his closing efforts in the 2007 season as well as a ten win season in his rookie year of 2005.
2005 Week 1 vs WAS (15 / 28 / 141 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton, starting in his first NFL game, struggled with the Redskins pressure and never really got the Bears' offense on track. He completed only two of eight passes during the first four drives and the Bears only produced one first down during that time. He connected on four straight passes later in the first half, but a penalty and a sack put an end to the Bears' fifth drive of the game. The lone touchdown of the game came early in the third quarter, following a Redskins' fumble at their own 23 yard line on the half's opening kickoff. Orton completed two of three passes in the red zone, hitting Muhsin Muhammad and Justin Gage on third downs to keep the drive alive. The pass to Gage was completed to the one yard line, and Thomas Jones plunged in for the touchdown on the next play. Orton was sacked three times, the final of which resulted in a fumble and a turnover on the Bears' last possession. Orton was intercepted late in the third quarter when he forced the ball to Muhammad into triple coverage near the end zone. He was nearly intercepted a second time late in the game on a severely under thrown ball toward Mark Bradley.
2005 Week 2 vs DET (14 / 21 / 150 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton played a consistent, mistake free game in his home debut. He leaned on Muhsin Muhammad early in the game, hitting him for short yardage on the first three passes of the game. As his confidence grew, he started throwing the ball downfield more often, later hitting Muhammad for a 28 yard touchdown between two Detroit defenders. He was accurate and smart with the football, taking a sack on two occasions instead of forcing the ball into coverage. His 150 yards were meager by fantasy standards, but he managed the game effectively and didn't need to force things with the superb effort being made by the Chicago defense. He yielded to Jeff Blake for one series late in the game with a huge lead.
2005 Week 3 vs CIN (17 / 39 / 149 / 0 / 5 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton had one of those games that rookie QBs want to just forget about. His very first pass of the game was intercepted by Cincinnati. In Orton's defense, that one in particular wasn't his fault as it came off of a deflection. Still, there wasn't much excuse for the other four interceptions he threw in the game. He was seemingly trying to do too much and forced the ball into some very tough spots, and it was all too easy for Bengals' defenders to pick him off. On many occasions, Orton would make a pass that was just a little bit out of reach for his receivers. If it happened once or twice, that would be understandable and acceptable. But it happened far too often, and the announcers openly speculated how long it'd be before veteran Jeff Blake takes over in Chicago.
2005 Week 5 vs CLE (16 / 26 / 117 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Orton said going into this game that he never had bad games back to back to back. But looking at this performance against the Cleveland Browns, it looks like he has. He only completed 16 of his 26 passing attempts for 117 yards and one touchdown. He completed an eight yard touchdown pass to Marc Edwards in the third quarter. He did not throw an interception, but he did lose a fumble in the fourth quarter. Adrian Peterson's shoulder pad hit the ball and knocked it out, very costly as it led to the Browns' second touchdown. On the Bears' next drive, Orton nearly threw an interception, it was called as such but the play was reviewed and it was ruled an incomplete pass as the ball clearly hit the ground.
2005 Week 6 vs MIN (16 / 25 / 117 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Orton had his share of struggles in this game, but played well enough to help his Bears overcome the hapless Vikings. On the negative side, he had several blocked passes, a number of errant throws, and often failed to see open receivers. He fumbled a hand off to Thomas Jones and threw an interception when he forced a deep pass to Muhammad into double coverage. On the positive side, Orton made all the throws he needed to make to lead his team to victory. His two touchdown passes were both thrown to his tight end in short yardage situations.
2005 Week 7 vs BAL (15 / 29 / 145 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Orton played a smart, steady game and did not turn the ball over. His 145 yards passing and one touchdown are not much from a fantasy perspective, but this is just about all that the Bears' offense asks of its rookie quarterback. With the game on the line late, the Bears' reverted back to their typical running attack. Orton did connect with Marc Edwards on a nine yard flare pass for the game's only touchdown.
2005 Week 8 vs DET (17 / 31 / 230 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton had the best game of his NFL career game to date, at least the best half. In the second half of the game it was the Lions who did all of the scoring. He was nearly intercepted on his first passing attempt of the game. Through the first half, the only receiver that Orton really keyed in on was Mark Bradley. He made a great pass to him for a 54 yard gain in the beginning minutes of the second quarter, but was sacked on the very next play. Orton orchestrated a scoring drive starting at the Bears' one yard line, completing five out six passes for 99 yards, finishing with a 23 yard touchdown pass to Muhsin Muhammad. He followed that with two drives that ended with Bears' field goals. During the second half the Bears focused on ball control and Orton was not as accurate with his passes, and was clearly missing Mark Bradley.
2005 Week 9 vs NO (12 / 26 / 137 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Orton played a below average game, even by the low standards set by Bears' quarterbacks. He completed under 50% of his passes and was intercepted twice. Many of his passes were significantly overthrown downfield. Although one of the two interceptions came on a tipped ball, it was too high and poorly thrown. He also fumbled the ball away on a sack in the second quarter. Orton did produce one passing touchdown on a short pass to Justin Gage. He may have cost the Bears three points early in the second half by taking an intentional grounding penalty that sent the Bears back ten yards to try a 47 yard field goal that was missed by K Robbie Gould. Late in the game, Orton showed his typical savvy by throwing balls away instead of risking an interception or a sack. On the final drive of the game, he connected with Muhsin Muhammad down the right sideline to set up the winning field goal.
2005 Week 10 vs SF (8 / 13 / 67 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Orton wasn't called upon to do much in this game for the Bears given the windy conditions. He only completed eight out of 13 passes for 67 yards and no touchdowns. He was intercepted once. He did throw a few nice passes, particularly the 31 yard reception to TE Desmond Clark. The Bears' offense only had one touchdown and one field goal for the game, and Orton didn't do much to get the Bears into position to score in either drive, completing just one pass each on the two scoring drives.
2005 Week 11 vs CAR (15 / 26 / 136 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Orton was solid on the day making key completions when targets were available. His lone turnover came on a ball thrown behind his receiver, which was tipped into the hands of the Carolina defender. Three drops by Muhsin Muhammad including one that would have gone for his second touchdown on the day also victimized him. Overall he finished 15 of 26 for 136 yards and a touchdown.
2005 Week 12 vs TB (14 / 28 / 134 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
The Bears let Orton attempt 21 passes in the first half completing 11 of them. Even though he completed over 50 percent of his passes, he threw a horrible interception right to Brian Kelly and a few other passes that should have been intercepted. In the second half he only attempted seven passes and the Bears decided to hand the ball off to Thomas Jones. He did not make any more mistakes, and the Bears went on to win the game.
2005 Week 13 vs GB (6 / 17 / 68 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton had a horrible game, throwing for six completions and 68 yards on 17 attempts, with no touchdowns and one interception. The interception was not really his fault as it was a catchable pass to Desmond Clark that was tipped high in the air. He nearly was intercepted a second time but the Packers' defensive back dropped the overthrown ball. He also turned the ball over on a fumble in the second quarter. The Bears had the ball on offense for 12 drives and did not reach the end zone. Four of those offensive possessions started in Packer territory. Orton had two passing attempts from the three yard line (one to Muhsin Muhammad and the other to Gabe Reid) and was off target one and Muhammad was well covered on the other. He did not connect with leading receiver Muhammad on four targets during the game. Half of his passing yards came on one long play to Bernard Berrian.
2005 Week 14 vs PIT (17 / 35 / 207 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Orton had one of his better games statistically, throwing for 207 yards on 17 completions with no interceptions. But the fact remains that the offense only put up nine points, six of which didn't come until the fourth quarter, leading to further speculation of a quarterback controversy between him and the now healthy incumbent Rex Grossman. Despite being rattled on occasion the rookie held up well against constant pressure. In addition four dropped passes prevented at least two first downs and the chance for Orton to make something out of nothing. Orton started the game gaining confidence with two quick passes for six and seven yards, but their opening drive fizzled three plays later. Orton helped lead Chicago to a field goal later that quarter with a 16 yard screen to Thomas Jones, a 12 yarder to Muhsin Muhammad and an 11 yard pass to Justin Gage. It took him two quarters to make a second impact, when he aired one out to Brandon Berrian for 43 yards to the Steelers' one yard line, setting up a Jones touchdown run. Orton padded his stats with 45 yards on their final drive in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 15 vs ATL (2 / 10 / 12 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton had a horrible start to this game, missing on his first five attempts and competing only two passes for 12 yards in the entire first half. He was nearly picked off on two early attempts but escaped without a turnover. Orton was benched to start the second half in favor of Rex Grossman, the preseason starter that has been injured all season.
2005 Week 17 vs MIN (6 / 14 / 59 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Orton started in place of Rex Grossman and didn't do much to warrant switching back to Orton anytime soon. He completed fewer than 50% of his passes, for very limited yardage. Not to mention failing to find the end zone, something Jeff Blake was quickly able to do upon entering the game.