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Broncos Kick Off Division Play Against Raiders

Posted Oct 19, 2010

The Broncos begin their AFC West slate with a visit from Oakland on Sunday. Click here for all the information you'll need leading up to the 2:15 p.m. MDT 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 (2-4) on Sunday will host the Oakland Raiders (2-4) at INVESCO Field at Mile High in their first divisional game of the 2010 season. Kickoff is set for 2:15 p.m. MDT.

QUICK HITS

  • Sunday’s game against Oakland, which kicks off divisional play for the Broncos, ties for the latest the franchise has ever played its first AFC West opponent. In 1985, Denver also played its first divisional game in Week 7 (13-10 overtime win vs. Seattle).
  • This week’s matchup represents the 100th regular-season meeting between the two AFC West rivals. Denver trails in the all-time series 41-56-2, but since 1995, the Broncos own a 22-8 advantage (11-4 at home) against the Raiders.
  • 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).
  • The Denver Broncos are in their sixth decade of professional football with a 413-371-10 (.527) combined record. They have the eighth-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 leads the NFL in receiving yards (663), yards at the catch (529) and 25-plus yard receptions (10). His 663 receiving yards represent the most in franchise history through six games.

DEFENSE

D.J. Williams is the only player in the NFL to lead his team in tackles
(56) and sacks (2.5), according to press box totals.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Matt Prater converted the second-longest field goal (59 yards) in franchise history against the Jets last week and owns the NFL record for field goal percentage from 50+ yards at 81.6 percent (9-of-11).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (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. RAIDERS -- POINTS OF INTEREST

The Broncos will host the Raiders Sunday in the 100th regular-season meeting between the AFC West rivals and original AFL charter franchises... Denver trails in the all-time series 41-56-2 (21-26-2 at home), but since 1995, the Broncos own a 22-8 advantage (11-4 at home) against the Raiders... Sunday’s game, which kicks off divisional play for the Broncos, ties for the latest the franchise has ever played its first AFC West opponent... In 1985, Denver also played its first divisional game in Week 7 (13-10 overtime win vs. Seattle)... 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 are 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 nien 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 (1,942) through six games in team history and ranks second in the NFL in that category this season... Orton ranks eighth among active starting quarterbacks in the NFL with a .574 winning percentage (31-23)... WR Brandon Lloyd leads the NFL in receiving yards (663) with that total marking the most in franchise history through a player’s first six games... Lloyd also ranks first in the league in 25+ yard receptions (10) and yards at the catch (529)... WR Eddie Royal ranks second among NFL wide receivers with 213 yards after the catch and his 12.4-yard punt return average is No. 2 in the NFL among players with at least 10 returns... WR Jabar Gaffney leads the team with 37 receptions and has totaled the most catches (51) 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, who led league rookies with six 80-yard rushing games last season, became the fifth Bronco to lead NFL rookies in rushing... 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 (56) and sacks (2.5) 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 nine passes defensed... K Matt Prater owns the best field goal percentage in Broncos history (81.5% / 66-of-81) among players with at least 50 attempts... Prater has made 29 of his last 31 field goal attempts dating to the beginning of November 2009... His 93.5 percent success rate during that span ranks third in the NFL... Prater’s 15 consecutive games with a field goal dating to last season ranks tied for third in team history... Prater last week against the Jets converted on a career-long 59-yard field goal that tied for the longest field goal in the NFL this season and ranks as the second-longest field goal in franchise history.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: VS. RAIDERS

Maroney (49 CAREER GAMES) - Would participate in his 50th career game if he plays on Sunday.
Orton (1,942 PASSING YARDS) - Can reach the 2,000-yard mark for the third season in his career with 58 yards on Sunday
Lloyd (663 RECEIVING YARDS) - Can set a career single-season high with 71 receiving yards on Sunday.
Gaffney (408 RECEIVING YARDS) - Can reach the 500-yard mark for the third season in his career with 92 yards on Sunday.
Bruton (SPECIAL-TEAMS TACKLES IN THREE STRAIGHT GAMES) - Can record a career-long streak with special teams tackles in four straight games with a stop 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.

ORTON CAN RUN

Though he is not known for his running ability, quarterback Kyle Orton has a penchant for making plays with his legs when he needs to. Through six games, Orton leads all NFL quarterbacks in percentage of rushes going for first downs (53.8 / 7-of-13).

D.J. WILLIAMS SHOWS VERSATILITY

Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2009 and led the club with 122 tackles (100 solo). He started at least 11 games in each of his first six professional seasons with Denver while seeing time at the weakside, middle, strong side and inside positions.

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