Broncos-Giants: Inside The Numbers

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After a season-opening 49-27 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, the Denver Broncos (1-0) will travel to face the New York Giants (0-1), winners of two of the last six Super Bowls, on Sunday. Manning vs. Manning, brother vs. brother, this game has all the hype the NFL could dream of.

The two teams will tee it off at MetLife Stadium is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. MDT. The game will be nationally broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz calling the play-by play and Phil Simms providing the color commentary. Over the Radio airwaves, Sports USA Radio with Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (color commentary) calling the game with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.

This game will mark the first time in NFL history that the opposing starting quarterbacks will have each thrown for at least 400 yards in the previous week. Denver is coming off a 49-27 win over Baltimore, the largest margin of victory against a defending Super Bowl champion in a season opener.

Peyton Manning completed 27 of 42 passes (64.3 percent) for 462 yards with an NFL-record tying seven Touchdowns and no Interceptions for a 141.1 passer rating.

Three Broncos – Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker – each had two Touchdown catches, joining the 1989 Cincinnati Bengals as the only teams to have three different players with multiple touchdown receptions in the same game.

“It’s fun to play quarterback when you have a lot of guys working hard and making a lot of plays for you,” says Manning.

The Giants look to rebound from a 36-31 defeat at Dallas. In that game, Eli Manning threw for 450 yards and four Touchdowns. For the first time in franchise history, three different players – Victor Cruz (118 yards), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Rueben Randle (101) – each had at least 100 receiving yards.

“Now we have to look ahead to the Denver Broncos,” says Giants safety Antrel Rolle. “We all know what Peyton Manning brings to the table. We just have to play our best football and continue to grow.”

The series between these two is tied 5-5. Broncos head coach John Fox is 3-3 against the G-men and Giants head man Tom Coughlin has a 3-4 record against Denver. The last time these two teams met was November 26, 2009. The Broncos won 26-6 on Brandon Stokley’s 17-yard Touchdown catch from Kyle Orton. Matt Prater had 4 Field Goals (26, 32, 47, 24). The last game in New York occurred on October 23, 2005. The Giants beat the Broncos 24- 23. New York overcame a 13-point 4th-quarter deficit as QB Eli Manning hit Amani Toomer for a 2-yard Touchdown with 5 seconds remaining.

 

BRONCOS:

  • With 399 total victories since the 1970 NFL merger, the Broncos are looking to become just the fifth team to reach 400 wins during that span.

  • With 101 career wins, John Fox enters Sunday’s game needing one victory to tie Bill Walsh (102 wins) for 38th in NFL history.

  • The Broncos have won six consecutive regular-season road games dating to last season to tie for the second-longest such streak in team history. With a win against the Giants on Sunday, Denver would tie the previous franchise best of seven straight road wins (12/12/76-12/4/77).

  • Have won 12 consecutive regular season games, longest active streak in the NFL. The Club was 6-2 on the road in 2012.

  • Quarterback Peyton Manning, who is looking to improve to 3-0 in head-to-head matchups with his brother, Giants QB Eli Manning, is coming off an historic performance in Week 1 that saw him tie the NFL record with seven touchdown passes.  In 4 games vs. the Giants, Peyton is 3-1 & has 9 Touchdowns vs. 4 Interceptions and a 96.5 rating.

  • RB Knowshon Moreno is averaging 106.3 rush yards per game in the past 3 road games.

  • Since 2012, WR Demaryius Thomas averages 93.8 receiving yards per game, the 4th-most in the NFL.

  • Since 2007, WR Wes Welker leads the league with 681 receptions. He has 20 receptions for 258 yards in 2 career regular season games vs. the Giants. Welker had 2 Touchdown catches in his Broncos debut last week.

  • Broncos Tight End Julius Thomas, who battled multiple injuries while combining for just one catch during his first two NFL seasons, got the start in Denver’s Week 1 game against Baltimore and totaled 110 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions (22.0 avg.). Thomas’ performance marked the first 100-yard receiving effort by a Broncos Tight End since Tony Scheffler totaled 101 yards at San Diego on Oct. 19, 2009. His 110 yards were the most by a Broncos TE since Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe produced a franchise record 214 receiving yards at Kansas City on Oct. 20, 2002.

  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has 2 career Interceptions against the Giants.

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

GIANTS:

  • QB Eli Manning has won 6 of the past 7 games at home. In past 3 at home, is 3-0, completing 51 of 86 (59.3 pct.) for 716 yards with 12 Touchdowns vs. 2 Interceptions for 116.1 rating. Has started 136 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. Passed for 450 yards & 4 TDs last week.

  • RB-KR David Wilson is the only player in NFL since 2012 with 2+ rushing TDs (4), receiving TD’s & Kick Return TD’s.

  • WR Victor Cruz has 7 career 70+ yard TDs and 8 TDs in the past 7 at home. Cruz is going for his 4th home game in row with a Touchdown.

  • In his past 2 September games, WR Hakeem Nicks has 15 catches for 313 yards (156.5) & a Touchdown.

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 8 Sacks in past 9 vs. AFC opponents.

  • DE Justin Tuck reached 50 career Sacks last week. He has 4 Sacks in the past 5 at home.

  • CB Corey Webster has 6 Interceptions in the past 10 games against the AFC.

  • S Ryan Mundy had a career-long 91-yard Interception return last week, but was caught at the 1-yard line by Dallas Running Back DeMarco Murray.

MILESTONES TO WATCH FOR vs. GIANTS

 

TEAM

  • Need a win to become the fifth franchise to reach 400 overall wins since the 1970 NFL merger.

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 (22 career receiving TDs)

  • Needs one receiving Touchdown to tie Bob Scarpitto (1962-67),Rick Upchurch (1975-83) and Mark Jackson (1986-92) for 11th on the Broncos’ all-time list.

QB PEYTON MANNING (59,949 career passing yards, 14 consecutive games with a 90+ passer rtg.)

  • Needs 51 passing yards to join Brett Favre and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history to total 60,000 yards.

  • Needs a 90+ passer rating to tie his own NFL record (2004) for the most consecutive regular-season games with a 90+ passer rating.

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (2,458 career rushing yards)

  • Needs 133 rushing yards to tie Tatum Bell (2004-08) for the 9th most in Broncos history.

K MATT PRATER (.806 career field goal percentage)

  • Needs to convert his next Field Goal attempt to pass Jason Elam as the franchise’s career leader in field goal accuracy.

WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS (153 career rec.; 2,439 career rec. yds.; three consecutive 100-yard games)

  • Needs one reception to pass Brandon Stokley for 24th place on the Broncos’ all-time receptions list (and 8 catches to tie Dave Preston for 23rd on the club’s all-time list).

  • Needs 10 receiving yards to tie Bob Scarpitto for 15th place on Denver’s all-time receiving yardage list.

  • Needs 100 yards to become the 1st player in Broncos history with four consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

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.

 

The Broncos are favored by 5 points and it should be an exciting game to watch. Two Manning’s for the price of one!

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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