Broncos-Eagles: Game Notes

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KNOWSHON MORENO

The (3-0) Denver Broncos will host the (1-2) Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday afternoon looking to maintain their perfect record. The Broncos, coming off a victory over division rival Oakland Raiders 37-21 on Monday Night have a short time to prepare for this contest, whereas the Eagles, having lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 16-26 on Thursday night, are well rested.

Denver has won their last 14 regular-season games dating to last year, marking the longest active streak in the NFL and matching the longest such streak in team history. They won 14 consecutive regular-season contests beginning with the last game of the 1997 season and extending through the first 13 matches of the ‘98 campaign.

QUICK HITS

  • The Broncos have scored 127 points this season to tie for the 2nd-highest scoring total in NFL history through three games.

  • Quarterback Peyton Manning, who leads the NFL in every major passing category, has thrown for 12 Touchdowns—an NFL record through three games—and zero Interceptions this season.

  • The Broncos’ Defense ranks 1st in the NFL in rushing yards per game (43.3) and rushing average (2.3) through three games in 2013.

  • Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ranks 2nd in the NFL with 86 Passes Defensed since he entered the NFL in 2008.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. EAGLES

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. Steve Foley has 44.

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (2,551 career rushing yards)

  • Needs one rushing yard to tie Tatum Bell (2004-08) for the 9th-most in Broncos history.

WR WES WELKER (18 career 10-catch games)

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

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos’ 127 points scored in 2013 are tied for the 2nd-highest total in NFL history for a team’s first three games.

  • QB Peyton Manning 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 (157) by a starting QB in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre. Peyton owns an NFL-record nine seasons with at least 12 wins. Manning has orchestrated an NFL-record 48 game-winning drives in the 4th Quarter or Overtime.

  • Manning’s 24 career AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors are the most by a player since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984.

  • Peyton is just the 3rd player in NFL history with 400 career passing Touchdowns and set an NFL record with his 12th career Pro Bowl selection in 2012.

  • Manning set a Broncos single-season record with 37 Touchdown passes in 2012.

  • Manning has thrown for the most passing touchdowns (12) by a player through three games in NFL history.

  • 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. He ranked second in the NFL with 18 receptions of 25+ yards in 2012.

  • Thomas and Decker were the youngest tandem in NFL history to post 1,000 yards and 10 TD’s each in a season last year.

  • WR Wes Welker’s 787 career receptions trail 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’ 110-yard receiving game against Baltimore in Week 1 represented the first 100-yard receiving effort by a Broncos Tight End since Tony Scheffler totaled 101 yards at San Diego on Oct. 19, 2009.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos rank 5th in the NFL in 3rd down defense with their 31.1 percentage (14-of-45).

  • 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 34 Interceptions rank 5th in the NFL since he joined the Broncos in 2004 and his 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, five Sacks and three 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.

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

In 2012, the Broncos 2nd-ranked Defense led the NFL in 3rd-down percentage (30.6% / 66-of-216) to mark the lowest figure by the club since 2003. During Denver’s final 10 games, the Defense held opponents to 25-of-126 (19.8%) on 3rd downs to lead all other NFL teams by a wide margin in that category. Included in that stretch was a string of 26 consecutive 3rd-down stops (Games 8-10) that represented the longest such streak in the NFL in the last 10 years. This season, the Broncos are once again near the top of the league in 3rd down Defense, ranking 5th in the NFL with their 31.1 percentage (14-of-45).

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a Kicker with 133 points in 2012. Prater is 40-of-43 (.930) in his career in the 4th Quarter or Overtime, including 12-of-14 in 2012. He owns the best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.762 / 16-of-21) 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 league with a 42.1 Net Punting average allowing just 6.0 yards per return against him in 2012.

  • WR Trindon Holliday led the NFL with a 32.5 kick return average in 2012 after being acquired by the Broncos off waivers on Oct. 11. His 105-yard Kickoff Return for a Touchdown against the Bengals in Week 9 represented the longest play in franchise history. Trindon is just the 3rd player in franchise history to record a Touchdown on a Kickoff return and a Punt return in the same season (2012).

  • Holliday, who has recorded five Special-Teams return scores in 20 career games played (including postseason), ranks 1st since the 1970 NFL merger with a return score every 4.0 games played (min. 20 GP). That’s better than Devin Hester, Chi.(6.4), Jacoby Ford, Oak.(6.8), Gale Sayers, Chi. (8.0) and Tony Horne, StL. (8.6).

  • Trindon recorded a Touchdown on a Kickoff return (105 yds.) and a punt return (76 yds.) during the 2012 regular season to make him one of just six players in Broncos history to produce multiple Special-Teams return scores in the same year. Al Frazier (1961), Goldie Sellers (1966), Rick Upchurch (1976), Darrien Gordon (1997) and Eddie Royal (2009) where the others. Holliday 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, and he joins Rick Upchurch (1976) as the only players in Broncos history with a return score in back-to-back games.

 

Stay tuned for the Broncos-Eagles Prediction post coming tomorrow.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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