When the Broncos visit the Cowboys on Sunday, there will be a few things to look for. Dallas is 2-2, but their two victories have come at home. Not that this will bother anyone in Broncos Country, since Denver is a 7.5 – 9 point favorite depending on which Sports Book you visit. The Broncos are undefeated that’s all that matters. They haven’t had a challenge so far in this young season and I don’t see that changing this week. Especially when Tony Romo and Ernie Sims already crying about it.
Romo is on track to throw 32 Touchdown passes this season(he had 36 in 2007), but Peyton Manning will attain that before Denver’s Bye Week. With three TD passes on Sunday, Manning will set the record for the most TD passes through the first five games of a season in NFL history (Daunte Culpepper had 18 in 2004 with the Vikings). Additionally, with one Touchdown pass and no Interceptions, Peyton will surpass Milt Plum for the most consecutive Touchdown passes without an Interception to start a season in NFL history.
MANNING’S NO-INTERCEPTION STREAK
Dating to last season, Quarterback Peyton Manning has attempted 201 consecutive passes without throwing an Interception. The streak, which is the longest current streak in the NFL, marks the longest of Manning’s career and the 2nd-longest in Broncos history. Jake Plummer went 229 games without throwing a pick in 2005 (9/18/05-11/24/05).
BRONCOS OWN THE SECOND HALF
The Broncos led the NFL with a +161 scoring differential in the 2nd half during the 2012 season to represent the 3rd-highest such figure since the 1970 NFL merger and the best mark since Green Bay (+170) in 1996. They have picked up where they left off last season, leading
the league with a +62 scoring differential in the 2nd half through four games. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Broncos have outscored their opponents by a combined 223 points (406-183) in the final two quarters and have been outscored in the 2nd half just twice in 20 games.
THIRD-DOWN OFFENSE EFFICIENT
Through four games, Denver ranks 1st in the NFL having converted 26-of-47 third downs (55.3%). In 2012, the Broncos converted 96-of-213 third downs (45.1%) to rank third in the NFL in 2012 and represent the third-best mark in team annals.
RUN DEFENSE GETTING IT DONE
The Broncos rank 1st in the NFL in rushing yards per game allowed (74.0) and 4th in rushing average allowed (2.3) through four games in 2013.
CARTER TIED FOR NFL LEAD IN PASSES DEFENSED
Broncos Cornerback Tony Carter, who tied for the team lead with 12 passes defensed in 2012, has already racked up eight breakups this season to share the NFL lead through four games in 2013. Titan’s CB Alterraun Verner also has 8 Breakups.
HOLLIDAY A NICE ACQUISITION
Since being acquired by Denver on Oct. 11, 2012, Broncos Wide Receiver (who are we kidding, Return man)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).
Holliday, who has recorded six Special-Teams return scores in 21 career games played (including postseason), ranks first since the 1970 NFL merger with a return score every 3.5 games played (min. 20 GP).
HOLLIDAY FINDS THE END ZONE
Trindon Holliday has recorded multiple special-teams return scores for the second consecutive season and is one of just three players (Al Frazier, 1961; Eddie Royal, 2009) in team history to score a Touchdown by way of both a Punt and Kickoff Return—a feat he has accomplished in 2012 and ‘13. Trindon also recorded a 105-yard Kickoff Return for a Touchdown against Philadelphia in Week 4 to tie his own record for the longest play in team history (at Cincinnati on 11/4/12).
Six Special Teams Touchdowns in 14 games is an outstanding feat. Watching this kid go is the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen in all my seasons as a Bronco fan. I’m talking Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Bo Jackson exciting. It is a real treat to watch the Broncos this year.
– Kaptain Kirk