Sanders caught seven of his 10 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams. Sanders could have had a much bigger day but, after review, a would-be 44-yard touchdown was ruled down at the 1-yard line in the first quarter. The SMU product potentially cost his team four points as he drew a taunting penalty on the same play, and the Broncos would end up having to settle for a field goal. The 31-year-old has emerged as Case Keenum's favorite receiver with 24 targets over the past two games and will look to build on that Week 7 at Arizona.
Sanders caught nine of 14 passes for 72 yards during Sunday's 34-16 loss at the Jets. The bulk of Sanders' production came in garbage time as the Broncos struggled to get the ball downfield early in the game with the Jets' interior rush pressing down. After a promising first two weeks -- which featured 14 catches, 231 yards and two wins -- Sanders has slowed right along with this offense. He's still a solid option, having tallied at least 63 total yards in every game, and is unquestionably the receiver to own in this Broncos offense. As the season turns, however, that title becomes increasing ceremonial. Don't expect much more Sunday against a Rams defense that has been strong in keeping opposing offenses in check despite a number of shootouts.
Sanders caught five of seven targets for 45 yards in Monday night's 27-23 loss to the Chiefs. He also rushed once for 18 yards. Sanders' evening included a crucial 12-yard reception along the sideline on fourth down on Denver's final offensive series. The veteran paced the Broncos in catches and tied running mate Demaryius Thomas and tight end Jeff Heuerman for the team's lead in targets. Without a passing touchdown in three weeks, however, quarterback Case Keenum has held down Sanders' stock somewhat. Not only that, but Sanders has now failed to top 50 yards in back-to-back appearances, giving him motivation to improve Week 5 versus the Jets.
Sanders caught five of eight targets for 38 yards and added a 35-yard touchdown run during Sunday's 27-14 loss in Baltimore. Sanders gave Denver back the lead late in the first quarter, coming around the formation for a pitch reminiscent of a touchdown he scored during the preseason. It was Sanders' first career rushing touchdown, but the fun stopped there. Baltimore's harassing front gave Denver's offense problems, and Sanders failed to snatch a pass of longer than nine yards. He still managed to lead Denver in targets on the day and looks like a solid start next Monday against an oft-exploited Kansas City defense.
Sanders hauled in all four of his targets for 96 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over Oakland. Sanders was held without a catch in the first half as Case Keenum struggled mightily. The pair quickly re-established their rapport on the first play of the second half with a 21-yard strike and followed that up by converting a third-and-nine to keep a subsequent drive alive. On the day, all four of the 31-year-old's receptions went for gains of at least 20 yards, and he has now led the team in receiving in both games to start the young season. He'll have a much tougher test on the road Week 3 at Baltimore.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||@Kansas City Chiefs||19||23.67|
|11||11/18||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||25.00|
|14||12/09||@San Francisco 49ers||17||23.20|
|17||12/30||Los Angeles Chargers||23||25.00|
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|3 Year Avg||123||67||907||4||44||13.54||113|