Broncos-Colts: Week 7 Game Notes

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The Denver Bronco are not only looking to remain undefeated and go 7-0 this week against the Indianapolis Colts, they are aiming for their 18th consecutive regular-season win to tie the 2003-04 Patriots for the third-longest win streak in NFL history.

Peyton Manning goes back to a place he called home for 14 seasons. Von Miller returns from suspension. Robert Ayers and Wesley Woodyard return from the Walking Wounded list and the Broncos Defense appears to be healthier than it’s been all season. This is a good thing because the Colts team isn’t as Fly By Night as their owner.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. COLTS

  • CB CHAMP BAILEY (34 INTs as a Bronco) still needs one Interception to pass Tyrone Braxton (34) for sole possession of 4th place on the Broncos all-time Interceptions list. Bailey had a pick on Jacksonville’s 2-point conversion attempt last week, but apparently those don’t count on the stat sheet.

  • WR ERIC DECKER (24 career TD receptions) needs one Touchdown catch to tie Brandon Marshall for the most scoring receptions (25) in team history through a player’s first 4 seasons.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO (7 rushing TDs in 2013) needs one rushing Touchdown to set a career high (2009).

  • WR WES WELKER (6 straight gms. w/TD / 18 10-catch gms./8 TDs in 2013) needs one Touchdown catch to set a Broncos record for consecutive games with a scoring reception. Wes also needs 10 receptions to tie Houston’s Andre Johnson for most career games with 10 or more catches. Welker needs one Touchdown catch to match a career high (2011).

 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos have topped 40 points in four games (the most in team history in a season), including back-to-back 50-point outputs in Weeks 4-5.

  • QB Peyton Manning, who was signed by the Broncos on March 21, 2012, is the league’s only four-time MVP and the NFL’s active leader in nearly every major passing category.

  • He owns the 2nd-most regular-season wins (160) by a starting Quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category. He owns an NFL-record nine seasons with at least 12 wins, has orchestrated an NFL-record 49 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or Overtime and has 25 career AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, the most by a player since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984.

  • He also threw a single-season team-record 37 touchdown passes for Denver in 2012.

  • Peyton has thrown 22 Touchdown passes this season to represent an NFL record through six games.

  • Manning tied the NFL record with seven passing TD’s against Baltimore in Week 1 and owns the most Touchdowns (16) in league history through a player’s first four games of a season.

  • Denver leads the NFL with 18 individual 100-yard rushers since 1995, totaling an NFL-best 134.5 rushing yards per game during that stretch.

  • WR Eric Decker 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 receptions of 25+ yards in 2012.

  • WR Wes Welker owns 805 career receptions, trailing only Broncos Ring of Fame wide receiver Rod Smith (849) among undrafted players in league history. Welker also 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.

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos rank first in the NFL in run defense (69.8 ypg) and have allowed the 2nd-fewest yards per rush (3.2) in the league through six games.

  • 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 are 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, 5 Sacks and 3 Interceptions in a season.

  • CB Chris Harris was one of just two NFL defensive backs with multiple Interceptions (3) and Sacks (2.5) in 2012. Harris broke a 32-year-old franchise record with his 98-yard Interception return for a Touchdown in Denver’s Week 15 win against Baltimore in 2012.

  • DE Derek Wolfe joined DE Barney Chavous (1973) as the only defensive linemen in team history to start every game as a rookie.

  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is tied for first in the NFL with 90 passes defensed since he entered the NFL in 2008.

  • DE Shaun Phillips tallied 2.5 sacks (14 yds.) in Week 1 against the Ravens to mark the most Quarterback takedowns by a player in his Broncos debut (since 1982).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a kicker with 133 points in 2012. 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. Colquitt ranked 4th in the NFL with a 42.1 net punting average allowing just 6.0 yards per return against him in 2012.

  • WR Trindon Holliday ranks 1st since the 1970 NFL merger with a return score every 3.8 games played (min. 20 GP). Holliday’s 105-yard Kickoff return for a Touchdown against the Eagles in Week 3 tied his own record for the longest play in franchise history. He is just the 3rd player in franchise history to record a Touchdown on a Kick return and a Punt return in the same season (2012 and 2013).

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

  • Now in their sixth decade of professional football, the Broncos are one of just four teams to record three 90+ win decades since 1960 and the only organization to do so in each of the last three decades.

  • The Broncos have sold out every home game since the beginning of the 1970 season (337 reg. season / 17 postseason).

  • The Broncos own the NFL’s best overall home record (231-88 / .724) since 1975 and have posted a league-best five undefeated home schedules in the 16-game regular-season era (since 1978).

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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