Broncos have Super Bowl strength in their defensive numbers

Night net The Broncos are an impressive 5-0, but the defensive stats behind that start are even more eye-popping.They lead the Night net in yardage defense and are second in scoring defense. They are No. 5 against the run and No. 5 against the pass. They have a league-best 22 sacks. They’ve matched seven interceptions with seven fumble recoveries. They have scored three defensive touchdowns to win three of those games. MORE: Week 6 Night net Power Rankings | FANTASY: Week 6 D/ST rankings  Yet, everyone still focuses on how much Denver has struggled offensively with Peyton Manning, and how much that will limit its chances of being a factor in the AFC. In an era of pass-happy teams and weekly point explosions, that’s just ignoring championship-level dominance on the other side of the ball.The last time a team looked this defensively dominant across the board wasn’t too long ago — the Broncos should remember it well: Seattle in 2013, all the way through whipping Denver 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.Just like those fully-loaded Seahawks, it’s hard to find weaknesses or lack of depth through every level of this Broncos unit.Von Miller and

DeMarcus Ware have combined for 7.5 sacks and are rated Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 and No. 5 outside linebackers (in a 3-4). Behind them, rookie Shane Ray has two sacks.Malik Jackson and Vance Walker have been PFF’s No. 12 and No. 18 3-4 defensive ends. Behind them, Antonio Smith has played well, and that rotation has been further boosted by the return of Derek Wolfe from suspension.Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib, their elite cornerbacks, each have returned one of their two interceptions for touchdowns.Behind them, Bradley Roby has a pick and scored the game-winning touchdown against the Chiefs on a fumble return.Darian Stewart has been excellent as a coverage safety, while T.J. Ward has been a run-stopping and blitzing (two sacks) force. Behind them, David Bruton has a sack and INT to his credit.So it’s not fair that Brandon Marshall ties it all together as PFF’s top-rated inside linebacker so far with his 41 total tackles, or that equally-speedy Danny Trevathan has 31 more tackles playing next to him.MORE: Should Denver trade for Matt Forte? | Ware to miss Browns game Every kind of number makes the Broncos’ defense look great in the present under Wade Phillips, but it also gives them credentials to stack up with the best Super Bowl-winning units from the past 15 years.The 2000 Ravens were first in scoring defense and second yardage defense. The ‘02 Buccaneers were first in both categories. The ‘05 Steelers were third and fourth. The ’08 Steelers were first in both. The ’10 Packers were second and fifth.It comes back to the Seahawks, who are two-time reigning leaders in both scoring and yardage defense. You might remember they just fell a yard short of making it back-to-back Super Bowl victories.Everything the defense is doing now won’t matter to the Broncos unless they break through to help Manning get that second ring. It will get plenty of chances to prove just how historically good it is before the playoffs, with the Packers, Colts, Patriots, Steelers and Bengals all on the schedule after a Week 7 bye.There are obvious concerns about the offense, but it won’t take too much more help from Manning to believe this team can get that title. There’s too much offensive talent."We're just really trusting them, knowing that they're going to pick it up," Harris said. “We have all faith in Peyton. We know it's not just him. We know we need to get the run game going, get everybody going."We know that once they start clicking, it's going to be over."