ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — It's the same drill in almost every football game: The ball hits the ground, players follow. Fingers get pried, eyes gouged, sometimes worse. Eventually, a referee dives into the pile trying to figure out who's at the bottom with his arms around the ball.
So far in 2012, that player is almost certainly not a member of the Denver Broncos.
Over their first five games, the Broncos have scrapped for 13 fumbles — seven by their own offense, six when the defense is on the field. Of those 13, the Broncos have recovered two.