Broncos-Chiefs: Week 13 Game Notes

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After a 34-31 Overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Week 12, the Denver Broncos (9-2) will stay on the road and attempt to stretch their divisional win streak to 10 games when they face the Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) on Sunday. Kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium is set for 2:25 MST. This will be the 106th meeting between these teams and Kansas City holds the edge 56-50. The Broncos are 34-20 at Home and 16-36 at Arrowhead and they won the previous game two weeks ago by the score of 27-17. CBS has the telecast with Jim Nantz during the play-by-play and Phil Simms adding his biased color commentary. Check the Broadcast Map to see if you get the game or not.

 

QUICK HITS

  • The Broncos are riding a nine-game divisional win streak dating to last season and can clinch their 18th all-time winning record in AFC West play with a victory on Sunday.

  • QB Peyton Manning is just one touchdown shy of tying his team record of 37 passing scores set last season.

  • Since taking over as Denver’s starting Running Back in Week 12 of 2012, Knowshon Moreno ranks 5th in the NFL with 1,334 rushing yards and is tied for 4th  in the league with 12 rushing Touchdowns.

  • DE Shaun Phillips leads the team with nine Sacks on the season—a total that ranks 2nd in the NFL among pass rushers playing with new teams this year.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. CHIEFS

 

TEAM (9 consecutive AFC West wins / 3-0 record in AFC West in ‘13)

  • Needs a win against Kansas City to extend its divisional win streak to 10 games dating to last season.

CB CHAMP BAILEY (34 INTs as a Bronco)

  • Needs one Interception to pass Tyrone Braxton (34) for sole possession of 4th place on the team’s all-time Interceptions list.

WR ERIC DECKER (25 career TD receptions)

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to tie Demaryius Thomas for the most scoring receptions in team history through a player’s first four seasons

QB PEYTON MANNING (36 TDs, 3,722 yds., in ‘13; 73 TDs/8,381 yds. as a Bronco)

  • Needs 53 passing yards to tie Kyle Orton (8,434) for 6th on the Broncos’ all-time list.

  • Needs 278 passing yards to represent his 13th career 4,000-yard passing season.

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (824 rushing yds. / 9 rushing TDs in ‘13)

  • Needs 123 rushing yards to equal his career high (947) set during his rookie season in 2009, 176 yards to post the 20th 1,000-yard rushing season in team history and 153 yards to tie John Elway (3,407) for the 6th-most 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.

  • Needs 2.5 Sacks to equal his career high (11.5) set in 2006.

K MATT PRATER (99 points scored in 2013)

  • Needs one point to post the fourth 100-point season of his career and the 32nd 100-point season in team history.

WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS (25 career TD receptions; 914 yds. in 2013 )

  • Needs 45 receiving yards to become just the 8th player in Broncos history to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

TE JULIUS THOMAS (10 rec. TDs in 2013)

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

WR WES WELKER (9 TDs in 2013)

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to set a career high (2011) and make the Broncos just the 2nd team in NFL history (Indianapolis, 2004) with three players posting at least 10 Touchdown receptions.

 

COLLEGE FREE-AGENT ANDERSON MAKES ACTIVE ROSTER

For the 10th consecutive year, at least one rookie college free agent made the Broncos’ active roster out of Training Camp for the first week of the regular season. Running back C.J. Anderson (California) extended that streak for the Broncos in 2013. He represents the 16th rookie college Free Agent to make Denver’s active roster out of Training Camp since 1997. Denver’s streak of 10 consecutive years with a college Free Agent on the Week 1 active roster is tied for the 3rd-longest active streak in the NFL. (Indy-15)

 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos’ 429 points scored in 2013 marks the 2nd-highest total in NFL history for a team’s first 11 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 2nd-most regular-season wins (163) by a starting quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category.

  • He has an NFL-record nine seasons with at least 12 wins.

  • Manning threw a single-season team-record 37 touchdown passes for Denver in 2012 and has 36 TD passes this season to for the 2nd most in NFL history through 11 games.

  • WR Demaryius Thomas’ 25 career receiving Touchdowns are the most by a Broncos player through his first four seasons.

  • Thomas posted a career-high 1,434 receiving yards in 2012 to represent the 3rd-highest total in team history.

  • Demaryius ranked 2nd in the NFL with 18 receptions of 25+ yards in 2012.

  • Thomas and WR Eric 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 833 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 10 receiving Touchdowns in 2013 to tie Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe for the most by a tight end in franchise history.

  • RB Knowshon Moreno is tied for second in the NFL with a career-high nine rushing touchdowns to go along with 824 rushing yards to rank seventh in the league in that category.

 

3RD-DOWN OFFENSE EFFICIENT

Through 12 weeks, Denver ranks 1st in the NFL having converted 69-of-143 Third downs (48.3%). In 2012, Denver converted 96-of-213 Third downs (45.1%) to rank 3rd in the NFL in 2012 and represent the 3rd-best mark in team annals.

 

BRONCOS MOVE THE CHAINS

Denver leads the NFL with 299 first downs on the season, an average of 27.2 per game. The league average is 219 first downs through 12 weeks this year.

 

JULIUS THOMAS EMERGES

Broncos Tight End Julius Thomas, who battled multiple injuries while combining for just one catch during his first two NFL seasons, has already racked up 45 receptions for 590 yards (13.1 avg.) with 10 Touchdowns through 10 games. He 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. He is the only TE in team history to accomplish the feat twice in the same season. In 2013, Thomas has also posted two of the top three receiving yardage outputs by a Broncos TE since 2000.

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • Denver has forced an NFL-best 13 takeaways in the 4th quarter this season and own a +5 turnover margin in the final frame.

  • The Broncos rank fifth in the NFL in run defense (94.8 ypg) and have allowed the 4th-fewest yards per rush (3.7) in the league through 12 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.

  • Bailey’s 52 career Interceptions rank 1st among all active NFL Cornerbacks and 3rd among all players since entering the league in 1999.

  • 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 3 Interceptions in a season.

  • CB Chris Harris is one of just six Defensive Backs (and one of just three Cornerbacks) in the NFL who have totaled at least 50 Tackles and three Interceptions 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.

 

VON MILLER AMONG NFL’S BEST PASS RUSHERS

Despite being suspended for the first six games of the 2013 season, Broncos linebacker Von Miller has totaled the 10th most Sacks (34) in NFL history (since 1982) in a players first three years.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

  • Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers has led his unit to a Top 10 ranking in several categories since he was hired by Head Coach John Fox prior to the 2011 season. After taking over a Special-Teams group that ranked 26th in the NFL by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News in 2010, Rodgers led the unit to a No. 10 placing and a No. 11 finish, respectively in 2011 and ‘12.

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a Kicker with 133 points in 2012. Prater is 48-of-51 (.941) in his career in the 4th quarter or Overtime, including 7-of-7 in 2013.

  • Prater owns the best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.760 / 19-of-25) 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 4.7 games played (min. 20 GP).

 

COLQUITT A HOUSEHOLD NAME

Denver’s Britton Colquitt and Kansas City’s Dustin Colquitt are the first brothers to punt in the NFL at the same time since 1941 (George and Wes McAfee). The Colquitt family has produced four NFL punters, including Britton and Dustin’s father, Craig, and uncle, Jimmy. Craig Colquitt won two Super Bowl rings as the Steelers’ punter and Jimmy Colquitt played two games for the Seahawks in 1985. All four Colquitt’s attended the University of Tennessee.

 

HOLLIDAY A NICE ACQUISITION

Since being acquired by Denver on Oct. 11, 2012, Broncos Wide Receiver Trindon Holliday has returned six Punts or Kickoffs for Touchdowns (reg. season/postseason combined) and trails only Rick Upchurch on the Broncos’ career return Touchdowns list. He is already one of just 15 players in NFL history with at least three Punt Return Touchdowns and at least three Kickoff return scores (reg. season + postseason).

 

HOME SELLOUT STREAK

The Broncos have sold out every home game since the beginning of the 1970 season with the exception of two replacement games played during the 1987 strike (both games were sold out before the strike). Denver has thus sold out 339 consecutive regular-season games, which marks the 2nd-longest home sellout streak in the NFL. With postseason games factored in, the total reaches 356.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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