Broncos Montee Ball has been met in the backfield on 20 of his 49 carries this year.
His average of 3.4 yards per carry is not what he had hoped, but he has averaged 2.08 yards per carry after contact.
According to ProFootballFocus.com, just two of 15 running backs with more than 40 attempts have a higher percentage of their yards coming after contact than Ball. There's nothing wrong with that -- if the contact comes as Ball approaches the second level. But on 20 carries this year and seven in Seattle, that was not the case.
The story goes on to point out that defenders have poured into the backfield from all angles: outside the tackles, inside against the guards, and through the A-gap. If the Broncos can't find a way to prevent this, their ground game will continue to struggle, and effective offensive balance will remain an elusive goal. We've had a lot of questions from owners of Ball on our Discuss Your Team Forum wondering what to do with him. His slow start could also be from time missed in camp but clearly the line in front of him isn't helping either. The potential is still there for him, and as good as Peyton Manning is, no offense can be one-dimensional.