Broncos-Chargers Week 15: Game Notes

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Four days after a 51-28 win against the Tennessee Titans, the Denver Broncos (11-2) will wrap up their regular-season home slate when they host the San Diego Chargers (6-7) on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is set for 6:25 p.m. MST.

The game will be televised nationally on the NFL Network and locally on KCNC-TV (CBS 4). Brad Nessler will do the play-by-play, with Mike Mayock providing the color commentary and Alex Flanagan reporting from the sidelines.

 

QUICK HITS

  • Denver has won 10 consecutive games against AFC West opponents and is attempting to tie the franchise record with its 11th straight victory in divisional play. The Broncos can clinch their 6th all-time undefeated home slate in the regular season with a win against the Chargers.

  • The Broncos are the first team in NFL history with four players scoring at least 10 Touchdowns .

  • With a win on Thursday and a loss/tie by Kansas City, John Fox can become just the 5th head coach in NFL history to win division titles in each of his first three seasons with a team.

  • QB Peyton Manning has thrown for a franchise-record 45 Touchdowns this year—a total that already ties for the fifth most in NFL history for a single season.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. CHARGERS

CB CHAMP BAILEY (34 INTs as a Bronco)

  • If he plays this week,still needs just one Interception to pass Tyrone Braxton (34) for sole possession of 4th place on the team’s all-time Interceptions list. Steve Foley holds the franchise record (43).

QB PEYTON MANNING (45 TDs, in 2013; 8,332 career passing attempts)

  • Needs five touchdowns to tie Tom Brady (2007) for the most passing scores in a single season in NFL history.

  • Needs 26 attempts to tie Dan Marino for the 2nd most in NFL history.

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (920 rushing yds.)

  • Needs 27 rushing yards to equal his career high (947) set during his rookie season in 2009 and 80 yards to post the 20th 1,000-yard rushing season in team history.

DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (9 Sacks in 2013)

  • Needs one Sack to tie Mike Croel (10.0 – 1991) for the 4th-most by a player in his first season with the Broncos and 2.5 Sacks to equal his career high (11.5) set in 2006.

WR WES WELKER (841 career receptions)

  • Wes isn’t expected to play this week, but he only needs eight catches to tie Broncos Ring of Famer Rod Smith for the most catches by an undrafted player in NFL history.

 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos’ 515 points scored in 2013 is the highest total in team history and marks the highest tally in NFL history for a team’s first 13 games.

  • Denver has topped 40 points in a team-record six games and have tied the NFL record by eclipsing 50 points in three contests.

  • The Broncos are the fifth team in NFL history to score 50+ points in three different games in a single season and the first since 1969 (1950 Rams; 1950 N.Y. Giants; 1966 Cowboys; 1969 Vikings).
  • QB Peyton Manning is the league’s only four-time MVP and is a heavy favorite to win his 5th in 2013.

  • Manning’s 4 Touchdown performance on Sunday marked his NFL record 29th career game with four or more TD passes.
  • Manning owns the 2nd-most regular-season wins (165) by a starting quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category.

  • Manning’s 45 Touchdown passes this season are the second most in NFL history through 13 games.

  • WR Eric Decker’s 30 career receiving Touchdowns are the most by a Broncos player through his first four seasons.

  • WR Demaryius Thomas is 6th in the NFL with 1,149 receiving yards. Thomas ranks first in the NFL with 32 receptions of 25+ yards during the last two years.

  • Thomas and Decker were the youngest tandem in NFL history to post 1,000 yards and 10 Touchdowns each in a season last year.

  • WR Wes Welker owns two of the Top 4 single-season receiving totals in NFL history in addition to representing the only player in league annals to top the 100-catch mark five times.

  • TE Julius Thomas has posted 11 receiving Touchdowns in 2013 to represent the most by a Tight End in franchise history.

  • RB Knowshon Moreno is tied for the NFL lead with a career-high 10 rushing Touchdowns.

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • Denver has forced an NFL-best 14 takeaways in the 4th quarter this season and own a +6 turnover margin in the final frame.

  • LB Wesley Woodyard was the only player in the NFL last year and just the 12th player since at least 1982 to record 100 Tackles, five Sacks and three Interceptions in a season.

  • CB Chris Harris Jr. is one of just six Cornerbacks in the NFL who have totaled at least 50 Tackles, three Interceptions and 10 Passes Defensed this season.

  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie leads the NFL with 97 passes defensed since he entered the NFL in 2008.

  • DE Shaun Phillips leads the Broncos with 9 Sacks and has totaled at least 7 Sacks in eight of his 10 seasons.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

  • K Matt Prater set an NFL record on Sunday against the Titans with a 64-yard Field Goal in the 2nd Quarter.

  • Matt has 66 Touchbacks on kickoffs through Week 14. The league record is 68.

  • Prater is 8-of-8 on Field Goals in the 4th quarter or Overtime in 2013  and 49-of-52 (.942) for his career. He also has the best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.769 /20-of-26) in NFL history among players who started their career after 1970.

  • P Britton Colquitt set the franchise net punting record for the 2nd consecutive season in 2012.

  • WR Trindon Holliday ranks first since the 1970 NFL merger with a return score every 4.8 games played (min. 20 GP).

  • Holliday is just the 3rd player in franchise history to record a Touchdown on a Kickoff Return and a Punt Return in the same season (2012 & ‘13)

The Broncos own the NFL’s best overall home record (234-88 / .727) since 1975 and have posted a league-best five undefeated home schedules in the 16-game regular-season era (since 1978).

The Wise Guys in Las Vegas have the Broncos favored by 10.5 points.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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