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 (4-11) will cap the 51st season in franchise history when they host the San Diego Chargers (8-7) on Sunday at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:15 p.m. MST.
- Eric Studesville was named the fourth interim head coach and the 13th overall head coach in franchise history on Dec. 6.
- Denver’s running game has become one of the Broncos’ strengths in the second half of the season, ranking first in the NFL with an improvement of 1.8 yards per carry and placing second with an increase of 55.6 yards per game since Week 10.
- Denver has held its last four opponents to a combined 13-of-49 (26.5%) on third downs with that percentage ranking first in the NFL among teams that have played four games in the month of December.
Tim Tebowaccounted for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in his first home start last week against Houston and became just the second quarterback in team history (Frank Tripucka, 1960, ‘62) to bring Denver back from a 17-point halftime deficit. Brandon Lloyd, who has totaled 72 receptions for an league-high 1,375 receiving yards—a total that ranks second in franchise history in a single season—owns a 19.1 receiving average that is the third-highest since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 72 rec.). Wesley Woodyardleads the team with 15 special-teams tackles in just 10 games played this season with his 1.5 special-teams stops per game tying for second in the NFL according to press box totals.
TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Steve Beuerlein (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.
BRONCOS VS. CHARGERS -- POINTS OF INTEREST
The Denver Broncos (4-11) will close out the 2010 season when they host the San Diego Chargers (8-7) on Sunday... Interim Head Coach Eric Studesville, who took the reigns on Monday, Dec. 6., is the fourth interim head coach and the 13th overall head coach in franchise history... 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 (255) in the AFC (2nd in NFL)... Former Broncos RB Terrell Davis and TE Shannon Sharpe are among the 26 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011... QB Tim Tebow accounted for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in his first home start last week against Houston and became just the second quarterback in team history (Frank Tripucka, 1960, ‘62) to bring Denver back from a 17-point halftime deficit... Tebow owns the highest passer rating (100.7) of any of the seven rookie quarterbacks who have started a game in 2010, and his five rushing touchdowns are tied for second in the NFL among all quarterbacks... WR Brandon Lloyd, who has totaled 72 receptions for an league-high 1,375 receiving yards—a total that ranks second in franchise history in a single season—owns a 19.1 receiving average that is the third-highest since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 72 rec.)... WR
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: VS. CHARGERS
Moreno (1,108 SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 2010) - Can set a career high in yards from scrimmage with 53 yards on Sunday.
Buckhalter (2,936 CAREER RUSHING YARDS) - Can reach 3,000 career rushing yards with 64 yards on Sunday.
Lloyd (1,375 RECEIVING YARDS IN 2010) - Can capture the league receiving yardage title, becoming the first Bronco to accomplish the feat.
Bailey (29 INT w/DEN) - Can tie Dennis Smith for sixth place on the Broncos career interceptions list with one interception on Sunday.
RUNNING GAME SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
The Broncos have showcased one of the NFL's most-improved running games in the second half of the season. In its last seven games, Denver has registered a 1.8-yards-per-carry improvement that ranks first in the NFL during that span. The Broncos’ improvement of 55.6 rushing yards per game over their last seven contests ranks second in the league.
BAILEY PRODUCES AS A BRONCO
Cornerback Champ Bailey, who is in his seventh season with the Broncos in 2010, has the sixth-most interceptions (30) in the NFL since he was traded to Denver from Washington in 2004. He had 18 interceptions with the Broncos from 2005-06 with that total marking the most by an NFL player in a two-year stretch since Everson Walls had 18 interceptions for Dallas from 1981-82.