Broncos-Titans Week 14 Game Notes

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The Denver Broncos look for win No. 11 on the season when they host the 5-7 Tennessee Titans this week. Denver will clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie; or either Miami or Baltimore loss or tie, while the Titans must win and have the Colts lose to stay alive in the AFC South race. They are also in contention for a Wild Card spot in the postseason tournament.

 

QUICK HITS

  • Broncos Head Coach John Fox, who ranks sixth among active coaches with 110 overall wins during his career, returned to the team this week after undergoing aortic valve replacement surgery on Nov. 4th.

  • Earlier this season, Owner & CEO Pat Bowlen became the first owner in professional football history to reach 300 overall wins in his first 30 years.

  • Since Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway was hired in 2011 (and coming off a 4-12 record in 2010), the Broncos have tied for the 3rd most wins in the NFL (31).

  • QB Peyton Manning has thrown for a franchise-record 41 Touchdowns this year—a total that already ties for the 8th most in NFL history for a single season.

  • The Broncos have four players among the league’s Top 13 in Touchdowns, and with one more Touchdown by WR Wes Welker (or three more TDs from WR Eric Decker), Denver would become the 1st team in league history with four players totaling at least 10 Touchdowns from scrimmage.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR vs. TITANS

CB CHAMP BAILEY (34 INTs as a Bronco)

  • Still 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 (971 rec. yds. in 2013)

  • Needs 29 receiving yards to post his 2nd consecutive 1,000-yard season.

QB PEYTON MANNING (41 TDs, in 2013)

  • Needs two Touchdowns to tie Drew Brees (2012) for the 7th-most passing scores in a single season in NFL history.

RB KNOWSHON MORENO (842 rushing yds. / 9 rushing TDs in 2013)

  • Needs 105 rushing yards to equal his career high (947) set during his rookie season in 2009; needs 158 yards to post the 20th 1,000-yard rushing season in team history.

DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (9 Sacks in 2013)

  • Needs one Sack to tie Mike Croel (10.0 – 1991) for the 4th-most by a player in his first season with the Broncos.

  • Shaun needs 2.5 Sacks to equal his career high (11.5) set in 2006.

TE JULIUS THOMAS (10 rec. TDs in 2013)

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to pass Shannon Sharpe (1996, ‘98) for the most by a Tight End in a single season in team history.

WR WES WELKER (9 TDs in 2013)

  • Needs one Touchdown catch to set a career high (2011) and make the Broncos the first team in NFL history with four players posting at least 10 Touchdowns from scrimmage.

 

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • The Broncos’ 464 points scored in 2013 marks the 3rd-highest total in NFL history for a team’s first 12 games.

  • The Broncos have topped 40 points in five 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 4-time MVP and the NFL’s active leader in nearly every major passing category.

  • He owns the 2nd-most regular-season wins (164) by a starting Quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category.

  • Manning has orchestrated an NFL-record 50 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or Overtime.

  • Manning has a 13-5 record against the Titans, with a 70.6% Completion Rate, 4,559 yards, 31 TDs and 13 INTs.

  • Manning has thrown a single-season team-record 41 Touchdown passes for Denver in 2013.

  • Peyton’s 41 Touchdown passes this season are tied for the most in NFL history through 12 games.

  • WR Eric Decker’s 29 career receiving Touchdowns are the most by a Broncos player through his first four seasons.

  • WR Demaryius Thomas ranks 7th in the NFL with 1,061 receiving yards and is the 8th player in team history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

  • Thomas ranks 1st in the NFL with 32 receptions of 25+ yards during the last two years.

  • WR Wes Welker owns 836 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 10 receiving Touchdowns in 2013 to tie Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe for the most by a Tight End in franchise history.

  • RB Knowshon Moreno is tied for 2nd in the NFL with a career-high 9 Rushing Touchdowns to go along with 842 rushing yards to rank 8th in the league in that category.

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • Denver has forced an NFL-best 13 takeaways in the 4th quarter this season and own a +5 turnover margin in the final frame.

  • CB Champ Bailey’s 34 Interceptions rank 5th in the NFL since he joined the Broncos in 2004.

  • 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, 5 Sacks and 3 Interceptions in a season.

  • CB Chris Harris Jr. is one of just three Cornerbacks in the NFL who have totaled at least 50 Tackles, three Interceptions and 10 Passes Defensed this season.

  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie leads the NFL with 97 Passes Defensed since he entered the NFL in 2008.

  • DE Shaun Phillips leads the Broncos with nine Sacks and has totaled at least seven Sacks in eight of his 10 seasons.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a kicker with 133 points in 2012. Through 12 games this season, Matt has tallied 104 points.

  • Prater is 48-of-51 (.941) in his career in the 4th quarter or Overtime, including 7-of-7 in 2013.

  • Prater owns the best Field Goal percentage from 50+ yards (.760/19-of-25) 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.

  • WR Trindon Holliday ranks 1st since the 1970 NFL merger with a return score every 4.8 games played (min. 20 GP).

  • 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 & ‘13).

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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