Broncos-Redskins: Week 8 Game Notes

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Coming off their first loss of the season in a 39-33 setback to the Indianapolis Colts last week, the Denver Broncos (6-1) will host the Washington Redskins (2-4) and former Head Coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. MDT. The game will be aired on KDVR-TV (FOX) with Thom Brennaman during the play-by-play. Troy Aikman will provide the color commentary and Pam Oliver will do the reporting from the sidelines.

Here is the Week 8 Broadcast Map. Check and see if the game will be aired in your area.

These two teams have met 11 times, with the Broncos holding the edge in the series 6-5-0 (Home: 4-2-0 / Away: 2-3-0).

  • Broncos Owner & CEO Pat Bowlen is in his 30th season with the club and needs just two victories to become the first owner in professional football history to reach 300 overall wins in a three-decade span.

  • Denver ranks 4th in the NFL with 27 wins since Executive V.P. of Football Operations John Elway assumed his current role with the club prior to the 2011 season.

  • Broncos Head Coach John Fox ranks third among active NFL coaches with 106 overall victories since 2002.

  • Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan will become just the fifth former Broncos head coach to return to Denver to face his former team.

Sunday’s game against Washington will mark the homecoming for Mike Shanahan, who coached for 21 seasons with the Broncos, including 14 years (1995-2008) as head coach of the club. Shanahan began his coaching career with Denver as the team’s wide receivers coach in 1984 before stints as Offensive Coordinator (1985-87, ‘91) and Quarterbacks coach (1989-90). He accumulated a 146-91 (.616) record in his 14 seasons as head coach of the club in addition to an 8-5 postseason record and two Super Bowl wins (1997 & ’98).

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. REDSKINS

WR ERIC DECKER (25 career TD receptions)

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to pass Brandon Marshall for the most scoring receptions in team  history through a player’s first four seasons.

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (8 rushing TDs in 2013)

  • Needs two rushing Touchdowns to record the 10th individual season in Broncos history with double-digit rushing scores.

WR WES WELKER (18 10-catch gms./8 TDs in 2013)

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

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to match a career high (2011).

The Broncos led the NFL with a +161 scoring differential in the 2nd half during the 2012 season to represent the third-highest such figure since the 1970 NFL merger and the best mark since Green Bay (+170) in 1996.

Denver has picked up where they left off last season, leading the league with a +77 scoring differential in the second half through seven games. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Broncos have outscored their opponents by a combined 238 points (469-231) in the final two quarters and have been outscored in the second half just three times in 23 games.

The Broncos have scored 298 points (42.6 points per game) through the first seven weeks of 2013, the most points at this point of a season in NFL history. Denver has scored at least 30 points in all seven games.

With 30+ points this weekend against Washington, they can become the 3rd team in NFL history to score at least 30 points in each of its first 8 games. The 2007 New England Patriots and 2000 St. Louis Rams also accomplished the feat.

 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos have topped 40 points in four games (the most in team history in a season), including back-to-back 50-point outputs in Weeks 4-5.

  • 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 (160) by a starting Quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category.

  • Manning threw a single-season team-record 37 touchdown passes for Denver in 2012.

  • 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.

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

  • WR Wes Welker owns 812 career receptions, trailing 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 has posted two games this season with at least 100 receiving yards and two Touchdowns, representing just the 7th and 8th such performances, respectively, by a Broncos Tight End.

  • The Broncos have scored 35 offensive Touchdowns on 91 possessions through seven games this season with their 38.5% TD percentage leading the league by a wide margin. Their red zone efficiency (78.8% / 26-of-33) also leads the NFL through seven games this season.

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos rank 1st in the NFL in Run Defense (77.1 ypg) and have allowed the 2nd-fewest yards per rush (3.3) in the league through seven games.

  • 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.

  • LB Danny Trevathan leads the team in Tackles with 49 and Interceptions with 3.

  • Shaun Phillips leads Denver in Sacks with 6.5.

Denver has forced negative yardage by its opponents on a combined 55 plays to tie for 2nd in the NFL through seven weeks.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

  • Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers has led his unit to a Top 10 ranking in several categories since he was hired by Head John Fox prior to the 2011 season. After taking over a Special-Teams group that ranked 26th in the NFL by Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News in 2010, Rodgers led the unit to a No. 10 placing and a No. 11 finish, respectively in 2011 and 2012. Through 7 weeks in 2013, The Broncos Special Teams carries a No. 1 ranking the league.

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a kicker with 133 points in 2012. He is 46-of-49 (.939) in his career in the 4th Quarter or Overtime, including 5 for 5 in 2013.

  • Prater owns the best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.783/18-of-23) 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 NFL with a 42.1 net punting average allowing just 6.0 yards per return against him in 2012.

  • WR Trindon Holliday ranks 1st since the 1970 NFL merger with a return score every four games played (min. 20 GP). His 105-yard Kickoff Return for a Touchdown against the Eagles in Week 3 tied his own record for the longest play in franchise history.

  • Holliday is just the 3rd player in franchise history to record a Touchdown on a kick return and a punt return in the same season.(2012 and 2013)

 

The Weather forecast calls for Sunny skies and a temperature range from 28 to 66f.

Sounds like a good day for football.

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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