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After Bye, Broncos Host Chiefs

Posted Nov 9, 2010

The Broncos return home Sunday to host the Chiefs. Click here for all the information you'll need leading up to the 2:05 p.m. MST kickoff.


Note: Below is a portion of the team's weekly press release. To view a PDF of the complete release, click here.

THIS WEEK'S GAME

The Denver Broncos (2-6) on Sunday will host the Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) at INVESCO Field at Mile High in the first meeting between the two AFC West rivals this season and the 100th matchup during the regular season in the history of the two franchises. Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. MST.

QUICK HITS

  • The Denver Broncos are in their sixth decade of professional football with a 413-373-10 (.525) combined record. They have the ninth-most wins among AFL/NFL franchises since 1960.
  • Denver finished with a 93-67 (.581) regular-season record during the 2000s to mark its third consecutive decade with 90 or more victories—the only team in the NFL to accomplish that feat during the last three decades.
  • This week’s matchup represents the 100th regular-season meeting between the two AFC West rivals. Denver trails in the all-time series 45-54, but the Broncos own a 31-19 advantage at home against the Chiefs.

OFFENSE:

Brandon Lloyd (42-878, 20.9 avg.) leads the league in receiving yards and is the first player since Jerry Rice (S.F.) and Webster Slaughter (Cle.) in 1989 to total 800 receiving yards through eight games while averaging at least 20.0 yards per catch. Denver’s top three wide receivers (Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal) have combined for 125 receptions and 1,821 yards through eight games with those totals tying for first and ranking first, respectively, among NFL wide receiver trios.

DEFENSE:

D.J. Williams, who is set to play in his 100th career regular-season
game on Sunday, is the only player in the NFL to lead his team in tackles
(72) and sacks (3.5) according to press box totals.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Matt Prater ranks fourth in the NFL in field goal percentage (92.3 / 12-of-13) and fifth in the league in touchbacks (14).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (color commentary) will call the game.

LOCAL RADIO: KOA Radio (850 AM): Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Brian Griese (color commentary) will call the game with Andy Lindahl reporting from the sidelines.

LOCAL SPANISH RADIO: KBNO Radio (1280 AM): Fernando Sergio (play-by-play) and Yuri Vasquez (color commentary) will call the game.

POINTS OF INTEREST -- BRONCOS VS. CHIEFS

The Denver Broncos (2-6) are set to face the Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) in what will be the 100th regular-season meeting between the two AFC West rivals... Denver trails in the all-time series 45-54, but the Broncos own a 31-19 advantage at home against the Chiefs... Denver is 8-1 at home against Kansas City since INVESCO Field at Mile High opened in 2001... Now in their sixth decade of professional football in 2010, 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... During the Pat Bowlen era (1984-Pres.), the Broncos own the most regular-season wins (253) in the AFC (2nd in NFL)... Denver had five players selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl with that total tying for its most since 2001 (T-7th overall in club annals)... Rookies have had a hand in five of Denver’s nine takeaways this season: CB Perrish Cox (INT, FF), CB Cassius Vaughn (2 FR) and CB Syd’Quan Thompson (INT)... QB Kyle Orton has totaled the most passing yards (2,510) through eight games in team history and ranks third in the NFL in that category this season... Orton also ranks fifth in club history through eight starts in a season with his 92.6 quarterback rating... QB Tim Tebow has two rushing touchdowns on the season with that total marking the second-most touchdowns by a rookie quarterback in franchise history (Marlin Briscoe, 3, 1968)... WR Brandon Lloyd ranks first in the NFL in receiving yards (878) with that total marking the most in franchise history through a player’s first eight games... Lloyd is the first player since Jerry Rice (S.F.) and Webster Slaughter (Cle.) in 1989 to total 800 receiving yards through eight games while averaging at least 20.0 yards per catch... WR Jabar Gaffney leads the team with 45 receptions and is tied for the third-most catches (59) in the NFL since Week 17 in 2009... Denver’s top three wide receivers (Lloyd, Gaffney and Eddie Royal) have combined for 125 receptions and 1,821 yards through eight games with those totals tying for first and ranking first, respectively, among NFL wide receiver trios... WR Demaryius Thomas totaled eight receptions for 97 yards (12.1 avg.) with one touchdown in his NFL debut against Seattle in Week 2, marking the second-highest reception total for a player’s NFL debut in franchise history... Thomas became one of just nine NFL players since 1970 to record at least eight catches in their professional debut... RB Knowshon Moreno in 2009 became the 14th player in the NFL since 1970 to lead league rookies in rushing yards (947), yards from scrimmage (1,160) and total touchdowns (9)... Moreno is one of just four players who entered the NFL in 2009 to record at least three multiple-touchdown games... OL Ryan Clady was named to the Pro Bowl (starter) for the first time following his 2009 campaign, becoming the 11th tackle in league annals to earn a Pro Bowl selection by his second professional season... LB D.J. Williams is the only player in the NFL to lead his team in tackles (72) and sacks (3.5) this season... Since 2007, Williams is seventh in the league in tackles per game (8.4)... CB Champ Bailey was named to his ninth Pro Bowl last season to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes for the most Pro Bowls at cornerback in NFL history... Bailey has totaled the most interceptions (47) in the NFL among cornerbacks since entering the league in 1999 and has the seventh-most interceptions (29) by a Bronco in team annals... S Brian Dawkins was named a Pro Bowl starter in his first season with Denver and
tied former Broncos S Steve Atwater for the third-most Pro Bowl selections (8) by a safety in NFL history... CB Perrish Cox is tied for fourth in the NFL with a team-high 10 passes defensed... K Matt Prater owns the best field goal percentage in Broncos history (81.7% / 67-of-82) among players with at least 50 attempts... Prater has made 30 of his last 32 field goal attempts dating to the beginning of November 2009... His 93.8 percent success rate during that span ranks second in the NFL.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR -- BRONCOS VS. CHIEFS

Orton (2,510 PASSING YARDS IN 2010) - Can throw for the most passing yards through Denver’s first nine games with 107 yards on Sunday.

Andre' Goodman (3 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH INT VS. KC.) - Can register an interception against the Chiefs in four consecutive contests with one on Sunday.

Moreno (4 RUSHING TD IN TWO CAREER GAMES VS. KC) - Can record his third consecutive multi-touchdown rushing game against the Chiefs with two touchdowns on Sunday.

Lloyd (42 RECEPTIONS IN 2010) - Can match his career single-season high with six catches on Sunday.

Lloyd (878 RECEIVING YARDS IN 2010) - Can record the most receiving yards through Denver’s first nine games with 92 yards on Sunday.

Gaffney (45 RECEPTIONS IN 2010) - Can match his career single-season high with 10 catches on Sunday.

Royal (3,759 CAREER ALL-PURPOSE YARDS) - With 19 allpurpose yards, he can move into fifth place in team history in all purpose yardage in a player’s first three years in the league (passing Clinton Portis).

Williams (99 CAREER GAMES PLAYED) - Can make his 100th NFL appearance if he plays on Sunday.

Bailey (29 INT w/DEN) - Can tie Dennis Smith for sixth place on the Broncos career interceptions list with one interception on Sunday.

Bailey - Can appear in and start his 175th career game with a start on Sunday.

Graham (TD RECEPTIONS IN 8 STRAIGHT SEASONS) - Can join Tony Gonzalez and Todd Heap as the only tight ends to catch at least on touchdown pass in every season from 2002-10 with a touchdown on Sunday.

ONE OF THE BEST AFTER THE BYE

Denver owns the NFL’s fourth-best record (15-6 / .714) in the game immediately following the bye week, which was introduced in 1990.

The Broncos have won five of their last seven games after the bye week and look to improve their post-bye success on Nov. 14 when they host Kansas City.

ORTON IMPRESSIVE IN SEASON'S FIRST HALF

Orton has posted the most passing yards (2,510) through his first eight games in a season in franchise history, while ranking fifth in club annals with a 92.7 quarterback rating through eight starts.

The quarterback has completed 195-of-316 passes (61.7%) for 2,510 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions (92.7 rtg.) this season.

ROOKIE CB COX AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS

Cox, a rookie cornerback selected by the club in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft from Oklahoma State University, is tied for fourth in the NFL with a team-high 10 passes defensed through eight games this season according to press box totals.

Cox has started four games in place of injured starter André Goodman this season.

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