Broncos vs. Giants: Week 2 Game Notes

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The odds in Las Vegas for the 3rd Manning Bowl have shifted slightly. The Denver Broncos are favored by 4.5 points over the home team New York Giants in this Sunday’s matchup. Here are the Broncos game notes for the contest.

 

OFFENSE

  • Adam Gase is in his first season as the Offensive Coordinator for the Broncos after coaching Quarterbacks for the club from 2011-12 and Wide Receivers from 2009-10.

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

  • Manning owns an NFL-record nine seasons with at least 12 wins.

  • Peyton has orchestrated an NFL-record 48 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or Overtime.

  • Manning’s 23 career AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors are tied for 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.

  • Peyton set an NFL record with his 12th career Pro Bowl selection when he was named a starter for the squad in 2012.

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

  • Peyton tied the NFL record with seven passing Touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.

  • Denver leads the NFL with 18 individual 100-yard rushers since 1995, totaling an NFL-best 134.6 rushing yards per game during that stretch.

  • RB Knowshon Moreno ranked 6th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (85.0) during the final six weeks 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. 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 ranked second 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 Touchdowns each in a season last year.

  • WR Wes Welker owns 777 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’ 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.

  • T Ryan Clady has started 81 consecutive games to begin his career as one of just three players from his 2008 draft class to accomplish that feat. Clady allowed the fewest sacks (1.0) among Offensive Tackles who started every game for their team in 2012

 

DEFENSE

  • Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio’s Defenses have ranked in the league’s Top 6 in yards per game allowed in nine of his 15 seasons as a position coach, coordinator or head coach.

  • 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.

  • CB Champ Bailey was named to his 12th career Pro Bowl in 2012 to set a record for Defensive Backs and become one of just 10 players in NFL history with a dozen selections. 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, 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. Harris 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 3rd in the NFL with 83 passes defensed since he entered the NFL in 2008.

  • 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).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Jeff Rodgers is in his 3rd season as Denver’s Special Teams Coordinator after serving in that capacity under Head Coach John Fox in Carolina in 2010.

  • K Matt Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record by a kicker with 133 points in 2012. Prater 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. Colquitt 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 5th in the league with a 10.8 Punt Return average since being acquired by the Broncos off waivers on Oct. 11. Holliday’s 105-yard Kickoff return for a Touchdown against the Bengals in Week 9 represented the longest play in franchise history. Trindon is just the 3rd player in franchise history to record a Touchdown on a Kickoff Return and a Punt Return in the same season.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

  • Now in their 6th decade of professional football, the Broncos are one of just four teams to record three 90+ win decades since 1960 and the only organization to do so in each of the last three decades.

  • The Broncos have sold out every home game since the beginning of the 1970 season (334 reg. season / 17 postseason).

  • The Broncos own the NFL’s best overall home record (228-88 / .722) since 1975 and have posted a league-best five undefeated home schedules in the 16-game regular-season era (since 1978).

We are one day closer to Game day and may be the last time the Manning brothers face each other.

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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