Broncos-Chargers: Week 10 Game Notes

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The Broncos are on a special mission this week as they travel to San Diego for a divisional game with the Chargers. A win this Sunday will make Broncos Owner & CEO Pat Bowlen the first owner in professional football history to reach 300 overall wins in a three-decade span.

And with Head Coach John Fox recovering from an aortic heart valve replacement surgery, the Broncos will look to finish what he started. Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio was tabbed as the club’s interim head coach during Fox’s recovery.

Del Rio, who spent nine seasons (2003-11) as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and compiled a 69-73 (.486) overall record, becomes the fifth individual in Broncos history to serve as a head coach on an interim basis.

The Broncos have won seven consecutive games against AFC West teams to tie for the 2nd-longest win streak against divisional opponents in club history. Denver, which captured a franchise-record 11 consecutive wins against the AFC West from 1997-98, plays five of its final eight games this season against divisional opponents.

 

BRONCOS

  • The Broncos have scored 30+ points in 11 straight games and topped 40 points in five games (the most in team history in a season), including back-to-back 50-point outputs in Weeks 4-5.

  • QB PEYTON MANNING is 7-0 vs. the AFC West with 18 Touchdowns vs. 4 Interceptions and a 117 Rating. He has a 6-3 career record vs. San Diego in the regular-season.

  • Peyton needs 81 passing yards to record his 15th career 3,000-yard passing season.

  • WR Eric Decker’s 25 career receiving Touchdowns are tied for the most by a player through his first four seasons. He is one of just three players in franchise history with at least eight receiving Touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

  • WR Demaryius Thomas posted a career-high 1,434 receiving yards in 2012 to represent the 3rd-highest total in team history. Thomas ranked 2nd in the NFL with 18 catches of 25+ yards in 2012.

  • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS (196) need 4 catches to reach 200 for his career. He is also looking for his 3rd straight game with a Touchdown against the Chargers.

  • WR WES WELKER (9) needs one Touchdown catch to surpass his career-best of 9 in 2011. Welker has 818 career receptions, trailing only Broncos Ring of Fame Wide Receiver Rod Smith (849) among undrafted players in league history.

  • Wes needs 10 receptions to tie Houston’s Andre Johnson for most career games with 10 or more catches.

  • TE JULIUS THOMAS (8) needs 2 Touchdown receptions to tie Hall Of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10 in ’96 & ’98) for the most by a Denver Tight End in a single season.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO leads the NFL with a career-high eight rushing Touchdowns. Knowshon is going for his 6th straight game with at least 1 Touchdown.

  • Needs two rushing TDs to record the 10th individual season in Broncos history with double-digit rushing scores.

  • Denver’s DEFENSE tied their season-best with 4 Interceptions in their last game and is tied for NFL-best with 13 Picks.

  • In their 45-21 win against Washington in Week 8, the Broncos became the first team since Philadelphia in 2000 to record five takeaways in the 4th Quarter.

  • The Broncos have allowed Touchdowns on eight of 26 opposing red zone carries. That is a rate of a Touchdown on 30.8% of carries which is the worst in the league.

  • CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had a 75-yard Interception-return TD in Week 8.

  • LB VON MILLER has 6 career Sacks in 4 career games vs. San Diego.

  • 2nd-year LB DANNY TREVATHAN ranks among the league leaders in his position group with 3 Interceptions and 8 Pass Breakups.

  • LB SHAUN PHILLIPS spent 9 seasons with the Chargers and has the 2nd-most Sacks in team annals (69.5). Phillips totaled at least seven sacks in seven of his first nine NFL seasons with San Diego.

  • K MATT PRATER set the team’s single-season scoring record by a kicker with 133 points in 2012. He is 47-of-50 (.940) in his career in the fourth Quarter or Overtime, including 6-of-6 in 2013.

  • WR TRINDON HOLLIDAY ranks 1st since the 1970 NFL merger with a return score every 4.2 games played (min. 20 GP).

 

CHARGERS

  • QB PHILIP RIVERS averages 309.1 pass yards per game, 2nd-best in AFC. He has completed 20+ passes while completing at least 80% of his passes in 3 games this season, tying for most such games in season in NFL history (BRETT FAVRE in ’09; DREW BREES in ’11).

  • Rivers is 9-5 as a starter vs. Denner.

  • RB RYAN MATHEWS has 3 games with 100+ rushing yards against Denver, the most against any team.

  • RB DANNY WOODHEAD has a career-best 49 receptions in 2013, the most among NFL Running Backs.

  • TE ANTONIO GATES (690) needs 10 catches to become the 4th Tight End in NFL history to reach 700. Since entering NFL in 2003, Gates has 85 TD catches, the most among NFL Tight Ends.

  • WR EDDIE ROYAL has a career-best 7 TD catches this season. He is aiming for his 3rd straight game with a Touchdown.

  • Rookie WR KEENAN ALLEN is averaging 104.3 receiving yards per game in the past 4. He had a career-best 128 receiving yards last week and leads NFL rookies in receiving yards (527).

  • S ERIC WEDDLE leads team with 56 Tackles.

  • The Chargers Defense has tackled a Running Back for a Loss just four times this year. That is by far the fewest in the league, with the next lowest being 12.

 

Go Broncos!

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