The Denver Broncos travel to “Jerry’s Big House” in Dallas to face the Cowboys and continue their sweep of the NFC East Division this week. The (4-0) Broncos are currently 7.5 point favorites to beat the (2-2) Cowboys, but their biggest challenge is to stay focused. Broncos head coach John Fox spoke about it yesterday,
“We’re a quarter into the season. We are not anywhere near done with our body of work. I’m pleased with where we are. You can’t be better than 4-0 after four games. We’ll just try to continue to prepare and do the things necessary to get ready for each week.”
“If we can just keep getting better and better, that’s the goal. We want to be playing our best football in February.”
Through Week 4, the Denver Offense has scored an NFL-best 179 points (44. 8 per game) This is the 2nd-most points in any team’s first four games in NFL history, trailing only the 1966 Dallas Cowboys (183 points). The Broncos need 39 points to establish the all-time record
for the most points in a team’s first five games in NFL history. The 2000 St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” team hold the record with 217.
Also through Week 4, Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning leads the League in completions (117), passing yards (1,470), Touchdown passes (16) and Passer Rating (138). His 16 TD passes are the most through the first four games of a season in NFL history.
Manning’s former head coach and NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy says this about the #1 ranked team in the league.
“They (Broncos) are not nearly as good right now as they will be in November. These receivers are still learning him and are going to be even better in a month.”
And former NFL quarterback and CBS Sports analyst Boomer Esiason adds,
“When you watch him play he’s smarter than he’s ever been.”
Manning (60,957) needs 405 passing yards on Sunday to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (61,361) for the 2nd-most in NFL history.
“We have a tough road game (against the Cowboys) next week. Every week you have to prepare hard and grind to get ready for the next opponent,” says Manning.
The Cowboys enter Week 5 leading the NFC East. Quarterback Tony Romo connected with Wide Receiver DEZ BRYANT for two Touchdowns last week against San Diego. Since the start of 2012, Bryant leads the NFL with 16 receiving TDs.
“We want to be a contender,” says Dallas linebacker Sean Lee, who had a 52-yard Interception-Return for a Touchdown last week. “We want to be a team that can win week in and week out.”
There are five teams left who are undefeated– Denver, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans and Seattle.
The Denver Broncos have won 15 consecutive regular-season games and each by at least seven points. That is the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history, trailing only the 1941-42 Chicago Bears (16 games).
The Broncos lead the series 6-4 and have won the last 4 games.
Broncos coach Fox has a 1-6 record vs. Dallas and Cowboy coach Jason Garrett is facing Dener for the first time. Last Week the Broncos defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20 whikle the Cowboys lost 30-21 in San Diego.
QB PEYTON MANNING has 6,129 yards & 53 TDs, most ever by player in 1st 20 games with a new team. His 16 Touchdowns and 0 Interceptions, tied for most TD without an INT to begin season in NFL history (MILT PLUM, 1960).
In the past 2 games against NFC opponents, RB KNOWSHON MORENO has 171 rushing yards on 25 carries (6.8 avg.) and 3 Touchdowns.
WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 21 1st-down catches, 2nd-most in AFC. In the past 8 games vs. the NFC, Thomas has 9 Touchdowns and is averaging 101.1 receiving yards.
In 2 career games vs. Dallas, WR WES WELKER has 17 receptions for 169 yards (9.9 avg.) and 3 Touchdowns. Wes is shooting for his 7th game in row with a TD.
The Broncos Defense leads the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed per game (74.0).
LB SHAUN PHILLIPS has 6 Sacks in the past 6 games.
CB CHAMP BAILEY has 52 career Interceptions, 3rd-most among active players. He had an INT the last time the Broncos met the Cowboys.
QB TONY ROMO has completed 131 of 185 (70.8 pct.) for 1,533 yards with 14 TDs vs. 1 Interception for a 118.6 rating in his last 5 home games(4-1). He has a 110+ rating in 4 of those 5. The Cowboys are 29-6 (.829) when Romo starts and has a 110+ rating (min. 15 att.).
In his career, when RB DE MARCO MURRAY has over 18 carries, the Cowboys are 11-0. He has 1,253 rushing yards (113.9 per game) in those 11.
WR DEZ BRYANT had 2 Touchdowns last week. He is aiming for his 7th game in row vs. AFC with a TD. Has 8 receiving TDs in his past 6 contests vs. the AFC. In those 6, has 48 catches for 571 yards (95.2 per game). In the past 12 games, Bryant has 73 catches for 1,161 yards (96.8 per game) & 14 TDs.
TE JASON WITTEN (827) ranks 2nd all-time in receptions by a Tight End. Since 2007, he has 575 catches, the most by an NFL Tight End. In the last home meeting, Witten had 9 catches for 82 yards and a score.
Since 2010, DE DE MARCUS WARE has 15 Sacks in 14 games vs. AFC opponents. He has 115 Sacks since entering league in 2005, most in NFL. Ware is the only player in the league this season with 4+ Sacks and an Interception.
LB SEAN LEE had a 52-yard “Pick Six” last week in San Diego. Since 2010, he is tied for 1st among NFL Linebackers with 8 Interceptions and 2 INT’s for Touchdowns. Lee’s 183 Interception yards are the most by a Linebacker.
DE GEORGE SELVIE has posted a Sack in 3 of the past 4 games.
CBS has the broadcast, so Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be calling the game.
– Kaptain Kirk