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Broncos Hit Bye Week

Posted Nov 3, 2010

The Broncos have their bye in Week 9. They return to action against the Chiefs on Nov. 14. Click here for this week's media release.

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

QUICK HITS

  • The Denver Broncos enter their bye week with a 2-6 record after falling to the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 last week in their International Series game in London. The game was played in front of 83,941 fans, which represented the sixth-largest crowd the club has ever played in front of (regular season/postseason).
  • 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.

OFFENSE

Brandon Lloyd (42-878, 20.9 avg.) leads the league in receiving yards and is the first player since Webster Slaughter (Cle.) and Jerry Rice (S.F.) in 1989 to total 800 receiving yards through eight games while averaging at least 20.0 yards per catch. Kyle Orton (195-316, 2,509 yards, 12 TD, 5 INT) has thrown for the most passing yards through a player’s first eight games in Broncos history while ranking fifth in club annals with a 92.6 quarterback rating through eight games.

DEFENSE

D.J. Williams 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 third in the NFL in field goal percentage (92.3 / 12-of-13) and fourth in the league in touchbacks (14).

BYE WEEK -- POINTS OF INTEREST

The Denver Broncos (2-6) enter their bye week after falling to the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 last week in their International Series game in London. The game was played in front of 83,941 fans, which represented the sixth-largest crowd the club has ever played in front of (regular season/postseason)... Denver’s game in London marked the franchise’s eighth game played outside of the United States and the first such contest played during the regular season... 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 (2,509) through eight games in team history and ranks second 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 Webster Slaughter (Cle.) and Jerry Rice (S.F.) 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 has totaled the second-most catches (59) in the NFL since Week 17 in 2009... 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 three 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 sixth 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 second 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.

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: 300 YARDS IN FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES

Orton passed for more than 300 yards in four consecutive games from Weeks 2-6 to mark the second time in franchise history that a player has accomplished that feat in a season.

Quarterback Brian Griese (2002) was the first player in club annals to total four consecutive 300-yard games.

DAWKINS NAMED TO EIGHTH PRO BOWL

Safety Brian Dawkins, whom Denver acquired as an unrestricted free agent from Philadelphia on Feb. 28, 2010 after he spent his first 13 NFL seasons with the Eagles, was named to his eighth career Pro Bowl (starter) with the Broncos in 2009.

Dawkins is now tied with former Broncos safety Steve Atwater for third in league history in Pro Bowl selections (8) at the safety position. He finished the 2009 season with 116 tackles (95 solo) that ranked second on the team along with five takeaways (2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries).

Dawkins was named to the Pro Bowl as an Eagle in 1999, 2001-02, ‘04-06 and ‘08 before earning a selection in his first season as a Bronco in 2009. He also is a five-time Associated Press All-Pro, earning first-team honors four times (2001-02, ‘04, ‘06) and adding second-team accolades once (1999).

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