Broncos-Titans Week 14 Game Capsule

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Eric Decker

After a 35-28 road win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13, the Denver Broncos (10-2) will look to stay unbeaten at home when they host the Tennessee Titans (5-7) on Sunday. Kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is set for 2:05 p.m. MST. The game will be aired by CBS and we all know what that means–another game subjected to the annoying Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentary). The Broncos are favored by 12.5 points with the Over/Under set at 50.5.

The Broncos have the best record in the AFC. A win this week will secure their 13th AFC West title and secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC postseason.

Denver Wide Receiver Eric Decker, who captured a Broncos single-game record with four Touchdown receptions last week, certainly senses the urgency as the final quarter of the season approaches.

“To get into the playoffs, and set yourself up the right way, you have to win your division. We’ve got a full month ahead of us, and we’ve got to make sure we take care of business. This time of year, every game is important. We’ve got to take care of business every week and continue to get better.”

Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak on defending Peyton Manning:

“We’ve seen him. That’s the one thing that at least Gregg (Williams) and Jerry (Gray) are used to defending him having gone against him twice a year. I think that gives us some familiarity that way. Again, obviously he’s having a great year. They’re putting up huge numbers. I don’t think anyone has really stopped him at all even when they have lost. So, that’s going to be a huge, huge challenge especially playing in their place on top of it. It’s going to be a big opportunity for us to go in there and play well and not have turnovers and maybe we could force a few.”

TITANS

  • Tennessee needs one win to match last year’s win total of 6.

  • QB RYAN FITZPATRICK is 1-0 as starter vs. Denver (w/Bills on 12/24/11). He has a 100+ passer rating in 3 of his past 4 games.

  • RB CHRIS JOHNSON (48) needs 2 rush Touchdowns to join Hall Of Fameer EARL CAMPBELL (73) & EDDIE GEORGE (64) as the only Running Backs in club history to reach 50 career rush TDs. Johnson has 6 career rushing Touchdowns of 80+ yards, the most in NFL history. T

  • Johnson had 101 scrimmage yards last week against Indianapolis.

  • WR KENDALL WRIGHT (71) needs 9 catches to become the first Titan with at least 80 receptions in a season since 2004 (DREW BENNETT & DERRICK MASON).

  • Wright leads the AFC with 26 3rd-down receptions.

  • WR NATE WASHINGTON had 8 catches for 92 yards and a Touchdown the last time the Titans played Denver.

  • TE DELANIE WALKER had 5 receptions for 85 yards (17 avg.) in his only career meeting against the Broncos (10/31/10 w/ SF).

  • In 2013, Walker has career-highs in catches (45), receiving yards (454) and Touchdowns (5).

  • DT JURRELL CASEY has a career-best 8 Sacks this season, most among AFC Defensive Tackles.

  • LB AKEEM AYERS was among the Top 4 rated 4-3 outside linebackers in each of the last three weeks. Over his first nine games he had a Run Stop Rating of +0.9 and Pass Rush Rating was -0.2. Over the last three it has been at +6.9 and +5.4 respectively.

 

BRONCOS

  • Have scored 464 points, 3rd-most by team through first 12 games of a season in NFL history (NE, 469 in 2007; LA Rams, 466 in 1950).

  • They are 13-1 at home since 2012.

  • QB PEYTON MANNING has passed for 4,125 yards, most ever through 1st 12 games of season. His 41 Touchdown passes are tied for 2nd-most through 1st 12 games (Manning, 44 in 2004; TOM BRADY, 41 in 2007).

  • For his career, Manning is 13-5 (.722) against the Titans, with a 102.2 rating. He has won 5 straight vs. Tennessee.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO (824) needs 124 rushing yards to surpass his career-high (947 in ’09).

  • Rookie RB MONTEE BALL had a career-high 117 rushing yards on 13 attempts (9 avg.) last week.

  • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 100+ receiving yards in 3 of the last 4 games. He is the 1st Bronco with at least 10 Touchdown catches in consecutive seasons.

  • WR ERIC DECKER had a club single-game record 4 TD catches last week and a career-high 174 receiving yards.

  • TE JULIUS THOMAS (10) needs a Touchdown catch to pass Hall Of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10 in ’96 & ’98) for the most by a Denver Tight End in a season.

  • DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (9) needs 3 Sacks to pass his career-high of 11.5 in 2006.

  • LB DANNY TREVATHAN leads the team with 95 Tackles.

  • LB VON MILLER has been held without a Sack or Hit in 2 of his past 3 games, after. In 2012, Miller had at least one Sack or Hit in all 17 games he played in.

 

Scott Green’s crew will be officiating the game and the early weather forecast calls for a Slight Chance of Snow, with a Temperature range of 6/18f.

 

Go Broncos!

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