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Advanced Stats: Broncos' edge dominance, Siemian's under-pressure passing woes

Before the Denver Broncos head to New Era Field for their first road trip of the season, let's run through some pertinent advanced statistics.

Like he did a season ago, Trevor Siemian has started hot. He threw four touchdowns a week ago in Denver's romp over Dallas.

And like he's done his entire career, Von Miller has been a hyperproductive edge-rusher. He has two sacks in two games and now 75.5 sacks in 90 NFL games.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Broncos defense

We all know about Miller's brilliance, but his edge-rushing mate Shaq Barrett has also become quite the disruptive force.

Out of only 93 edge-rushers (4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers), Miller currently has the seventh-best Pass-Rush Productivity score (16.4). Barrett's 14.5 is the 11th-highest.

(Pass-Rush Productivity measures the amount of quarterback pressures – sacks, hits, hurries – a defender creates relative to how often he rushes the passer.)

Barrett registered four quarterback pressures in Week One against the Chargers and a whopping eight against the Cowboys on Sunday. He also had five run-game stops, so he hasn't been a one-trick pony.

Star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. has allowed a passer rating of 40.2 on throws in his target area, the seventh-lowest among 103 qualifying corners. Aqib Talib currently ranks 28th. He's surrendered a passer rating of 69.4. Only nine cornerbacks have given up fewer yards per coverage snap than Harris' 0.38 so far.

Broncos offense

Like Cam Newton last week, pressure has a seismic impact on Broncos quarterback Siemian.

In 2016 while under pressure, Siemian completed 65 of 152 passes (42.8 percent) for 771 yards (5.1 yards per attempt) with five touchdowns, three interceptions, and 31 sacks. That equated to a passer rating of 61.9. While not under pressure, Siemian connected on 67.1 percent of his throws, averaged 7.9 yards per attempt, and had a passer rating of 95.0.

Through two games this season, we've seen that trend continue for the Broncos quarterback.

He's completed six of 16 passes while under pressure (37.5 percent) for 86 yards (5.4 yards per attempt) with one touchdown, one pick and six sacks. His passer rating is 50.5. While facing no pressure, Siemian's completed 75 percent of his passes at 8.3 yards per attempt with five touchdowns, one interception, and passer rating of 127.5.

Basically, when you notice Siemian being pressured on Sunday, it's a major win for the Bills defense.

C.J. Anderson has looked healthy in his first two games of 2017. He's forced 10 missed tackles on 45 rushing attempts. Those 10 missed tackles forced are tied for the most in the NFL among running backs. Siemian's passer rating on throws to Emmanuel Sanders has been 127.6 but just 69.3 when targeting Demaryius Thomas through two games.

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