Broncos-Raiders: Game Notes

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The Denver Broncos (2-0), who are coming off a 41-23 win over the New York Giants in Week 2, will open AFC West play at home against the Oakland Raiders (1-1) on Monday Night Football. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MDT.

TELEVISION: ESPN/My20: Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Jon Gruden (color commentary) will call the game with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.

NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One Sports: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (color commentary) will call the game with Scott Kaplan reporting from the sidelines.

LOCAL RADIO: KOA (850 AM)/The Fox (103.5 FM): Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Ed McCaffrey (color commentary) will call the game with Andy Lindahl reporting from the sidelines.

WEATHER: The early forecast calls for Mostly Clear skies with a high of 75 degrees and a low of 49f.

ODDS: The Wise Guys in Vegas have the Broncos favored by 15 points with the Over/Under set at 49.5 points.

 

QUICK HITS

  • Denver, which is currently riding a 13-game regular-season win streak, can tie the franchise record against Oakland with its 14th consecutive victory.

  • The Broncos, who are playing their 66th all-time Monday Night Football game, are appearing on the program for the 22nd consecutive year—a streak that ranks second in NFL history.

  • The Broncos have scored 90 points through two games to lead the NFL and represent just the second time in team history (1976) the club has topped 40 points in back-to-back games.

  • Quarterback Peyton Manning is the first player in NFL history to throw at least nine Touchdowns with no Interceptions through the first two weeks of a season.

  • Wide receiver Trindon Holliday ranks first in NFL history with a Special-Teams return score every 3.8 games played during his career (5 ret. TDs in 19 GP).

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. RAIDERS

TEAM (13 consecutive regular-season wins, 6 consecutive wins against the AFC West)

  • Needs a win to tie for the longest regular-season winning streak in Broncos history (1976-77). A win will tie for the 2nd-longest win streak in Broncos history against AFC West opponents.

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.

CB CHRIS HARRIS (INT in two consecutive games)

  • Needs an Interception to become the 19th player in team history with a pick in three consecutive games (and the first since CB Champ Bailey in 2006).

QB PEYTON MANNING (15 consecutive games with a 90+ passer rtg.)

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

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (2,551 career rushing yards)

  • Needs 40 rushing yards 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

  • 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. Manning owns the 2nd-most regular-season wins (156) by a starting Quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category. Peyton has orchestrated an NFL-record 48 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or Overtime. His 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.  Manning is just the 3rd player in NFL history with 400 career passing Touchdowns, reaching the milestone in Week 1 in his 209th game to become the fastest of the three players to No. 400. Manning set an NFL record with his 12th career Pro Bowl selection when he was named a starter for the squad in 2012. Peyton threw a single-season team-record 37 Touchdown passes for Denver in 2012 and is on pace to throw 72 Touchdown passes in 2013. Manning tied the NFL record with 7 passing Touchdowns against Baltimore in Week 1.

  • 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.

  • RB Knowshon Moreno ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing yards during his last eight games as Denver’s starting Running Back.

  • WR Eric Decker’s 21 receiving Touchdowns from 2011-12 represented the most receiving scores in a two-year span in team history. Eric 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 2nd 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 TDs each in a season last year.

  • WR Wes Welker owns 780 career receptions, trailing only Broncos Ring of Fame wide receiver Rod Smith (849) among undrafted players in league history. Wes 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

  • During Denver’s last nine games in 2012, 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.

  • 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. Chris 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 2nd in the NFL with 83 passes defensed since he entered the NFL in 2008.

  • 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

  • Jeff Rodgers is in his 3rd season as Denver’s Special Teams coordinator after serving in that in 2010.

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a kicker with 133 points in 2012. Matt is 40-of-43 (.930) in his career in the 4th quarter or Overtime, including 12-of-14 in 2012. Prater owns the 2nd-best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.750/15-of-20) 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. Britton ranked 4th in the NFL with a 42.1 Net Punting average allowing just 6.0 yards per return against him.

  • WR Trindon Holliday led the NFL with a 32.5 Kick Return average in addition to ranking fifth in the league with a 10.8 Punt Return average since being acquired by the Broncos off waivers on Oct. 11. Trindon’s 105-yard Kickoff Return for a Touchdown against the Bengals in Week 9 represented the longest play in franchise history. Holliday is just the 3rd player in franchise history to record a Touchdown on a Kickoff Return and a Punt Return in the same season.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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