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 (3-11) return home for their final two games of the season, starting with the Houston Texans (5-9) on Sunday at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:05 p.m. MST.
- Eric Studesville was named the fourth interim head coach and the 13th overall head coach in franchise history on Dec. 6.
- The Broncos will face the Texans for just the third time ever, as the two clubs have each recorded a 31-13 home win against the other in their two previous meetings.
- 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 2.0
Tim Tebow, who last week against Oakland finished with the highest passer rating (100.5) of any Denver rookie quarterback in his starting debut (8-of-16 for 138 yds., TD) and totaled the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in team history (8-78, TD), will make his first career start at home on Sunday against the Texans. Brandon Lloyd, who is a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, ranks second in the NFL with 1,264 receiving yards and is one of just three players in NFL history to record their first career 1,200-yard receiving season after seven or more years in the league. Zane Beadles(six starts at left tackle and six starts at right guard) and J.D. Walton(14 starts at center) are two of six rookies in the NFL to start at least 12 games this season.
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. TEXANS -- POINTS OF INTEREST
The Denver Broncos (3-11) return home for their final two games of the season and will face the Houston Texans (5-9) on Sunday in the third-ever matchup between the two franchises... The all-time series between the two AFC clubs is tied at 1-1, with both teams having earned a 31-13 home victory over the other... 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 (254) 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 made his first career start last week against Oakland and finished with the highest passer rating (100.5) of any Broncos rookie quarterback in their starting debut (8-of-16 for 138 yds., TD), while totaling the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in team history (8-78, TD)... WR Brandon Lloyd ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards (1,264) and is just the third player in NFL history to post his first 1,200-yard receiving season in his eighth year or later... Lloyd’s 1,264 receiving yards rank sixth in team history in a single season... WR
TEBOW MAKES STARTING DEBUT IN WEEK 15
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow last week against Oakland became the 12th rookie quarterback in franchise history to start a regular-season game and the first since Jay Cutler did so against Seattle on Dec. 3, 2006. He completed 8-of-16 passes (50.0%) for 138 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions (100.5 rtg.) and added eight rushes for 78 yards (9.8 avg.) and a score against the Raiders. His touchdowns came on a 40-yard run and a 33-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd in the first quarter, as he became the first rookie in NFL history and the first overall player since Michael Vick in 2002 to record a 40+yard rushing touchdown and a 30+yard passing touchdown in the same game. Tebow’s 100.5 quarterback rating against Oakland was the highest in team history for a rookie in his starting debut with that mark also representing the highest rating among the seven rookie quarterbacks who have made their starting debuts in 2010. He is one of just 16 rookies in NFL history to post a 100+ quarterback rating in his starting debut (min. 15 att.).
D.J. WILLIAMS' TACKLE AVERAGE AMONG TOPS IN NFL
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is fifth in the AFC and eighth in the NFL in tackles per game (8.2) since 2007 according to press box statistics.