Broncos-Chiefs: Week 11 Game Notes

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The Denver Broncos (8-1), winners of eight consecutive AFC West games, including a 28-21 win against San Diego last week, will host the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST. NBC has the telecast, which means Al Michaels will do the play-by-play and Cris Collinsworth will provide the color commentary. Michele Tafoya reports from the sidelines.

 

QUICK HITS

  • The combined win percentage (.944 / 17-1) between Denver and Kansas City represents the highest for a game this late in the season since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.

  • Denver enters Sunday’s game against Kansas City with an eight-game win streak against AFC West opponents dating to last year.

  • With a victory last week against the Chargers, Broncos Owner & CEO Pat Bowlen became the first owner in professional football history to reach 300 overall wins in 30 years.

  • Broncos QB Peyton Manning, a consensus midseason MVP choice, has totaled the most passing yards (3,249) in NFL history through nine games while tying for the most Touchdowns (33) during that span.

  • Only nine games into the season, the Broncos are already just the 3rd team in NFL history with three different individuals posting at least nine Touchdown catches.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. CHIEFS

 

TEAM

  • Needs a win to mark the 26th winning season in Broncos history

WR ERIC DECKER (25 career TD receptions)

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to pass Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Marshall for the most scoring receptions in team history through a player’s 1st four seasons.

QB PEYTON MANNING (33 passing TDs in 2013; 70 passing TDs as a Bronco)

  • Needs four passing Touchdowns to tie the franchise single season record he set last year.

  • Needs one Touchdown pass to tie Jake Plummer and Brian Griese for the 3rd most in team history; needs four Touchdown passes to tie Craig Morton for the 2nd most in Broncos history

  • With two TD passes on Sunday Night Football against Kansas City, Manning would register his 3rd season of at least 35 passing TDs, tying Tom Brady and Brett Favre for the most such seasons in NFL history.

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (8 rushing TDs, 336 rec. yards in 2013)

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

  • Needs 35 receiving yards to tie a career high (371 in 2010).

WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS (25 career TD receptions; 9 rec. TDs in 2013 )

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to pass Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall for the most scoring receptions in team history through a player’s first four seasons.

  • Needs one touchdown reception to tie a career high (2012).

TE JULIUS THOMAS (9 rec. TDs in 2013)

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to tie Shannon Sharpe (1996, ‘98) for the most by a tight end in a single season in team history.

LB DANNY TREVATHAN (99 career tackles)

  • Needs one tackle to reach 100 for his career.

WR WES WELKER (18 10-catch gms./9 TDs in 2013)

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

  • Needs one touchdown catch to set a career high (2011).

 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • Adam Gase is in his first season as offensive coordinator for the Broncos after coaching quarterbacks for the club from 2011-12 and wide receivers from 2009-10.

  • The Broncos’ 371 points scored in 2013 marks the highest total in NFL history for a team’s first nine games.

  • The Broncos have 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 owns the second-most regular-season wins (162) by a starting Quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category.

  • Manning has orchestrated an NFL-record 50 game-winning drives in the 4th Quarter or Overtime.

  • Manning threw a single-season team-record 37 Touchdown passes for Denver in 2012.

  • Manning has thrown 33 Touchdown passes this season to tie for the most in NFL history through nine games.

  • 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 receptions of 25+ yards in 2012.

  • WR Wes Welker owns 821 career receptions, trailing only Broncos Ring of Fame Wide Receiver Rod Smith (849) among undrafted players in league history.

  • 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 two games this season with at least 100 receiving yards and Two touchdowns, representing just the 7th and 8th such performances, respectively, by a Broncos Tight End.

  • RB Knowshon Moreno ranks 2nd in the NFL with a career-high eight rushing Touchdowns.

 

MANNING’S NO-INTERCEPTION STREAK

Quarterback Peyton Manning attempted a career-best 226 consecutive passes without an interception spanning Week 16 in 2012 to Week 5 in 2013.The streak, which was the longest active streak in the NFL, was the longest of Manning’s career and the second-longest in Broncos history. Manning threw 20 touchdown passes this season before throwing his first interception against Dallas in Week 5 to break the NFL record held by Cleveland quarterback Milt Plum (16 TDs before an INT in 1960).

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio’s defenses have ranked in the league’s Top 6 in yards per game allowed in nine of his 15 seasons as a position coach, coordinator or head coach.

  • The Broncos rank 4th in the NFL in run defense (87.0 ypg) and have allowed the 2nd-fewest yards per rush (3.4) in the league through 10 weeks.

  • CB Champ Bailey was named to his 12th career Pro Bowl in 2012 to set a record for Defensive Backs and become one of just 10 players in NFL history with a dozen selections.

  • 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 is one of just five Defensive Backs (and one of just two Cornerbacks) in the NFL who have totaled at least 45 Tackles and three Interceptions this season.

  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie leads the NFL with 94 Passes Defensed since he entered the NFL in 2008.

  • DE Shaun Phillips leads the Broncos with 7.5 Sacks and has totaled at least seven sacks in eight of his 10 seasons.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a kicker with 133 points in 2012.

  • Prater is 47-of-50 (.940) in his career in the 4th quarter or Overtime, including 6 of 6 in 2013. He owns the best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.783 / 18-of-23) 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 4.3 games played (min. 20 GP).

  • Holliday is just the 3rd player in franchise history to have a TD on a Kickoff return and a Punt return in the same season (2012 and 2013).

The weather forecast for the game calls for Mostly clear skies with a temperature range of 32/50f, so bundle up for a night game in November.

 

Go Broncos!

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