Good Morning, Broncos fans! Justifiably, all of the focus thus far has been on Peyton Manning's historic start, and his devastating trio of receivers have gotten plenty of attention as well.
In many instances, talk of Denver's offense has featured a Yeah, but they could run the ball better caveat.
But is that really the case?
Their #4 ranking in run success rate, according to Advanced NFL Stats, doesn't exactly support that.
So far, the Broncos have split carries pretty evenly among Knowshon Moreno (46), Ronnie Hillman (25), and Montee Ball (39).
In terms of counting stats, Moreno is currently on pace to match or exceed his career highs.
But as for success rates, he's among the league's leaders, while Hillman isn't too far behind.
To wit, Knowshon's rank among the NFL's backs are #3 in WPA and EPA, #11 in success rate, and #12 in YPC. Only LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles outrank him in WPA and EPA.
Meanwhile, Hillman is #13 (tie) in WPA, #5 in EPA, #2 in success rate (!), and #15 (tie) in YPC.
Of course, they owe much of this success to Manning and his receivers (and big leads), but still, these are not numbers at which to turn one's nose up.
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