ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos travel to Baltimore in search of their ninth straight win, which would tie for the third-longest streak in franchise history. Below is a gathering of notes and numbers concerning Sunday's AFC clash.
The Broncos and Ravens have faced off nine times in NFL history, including one playoff contest. Denver is 3-6 in the series.
Both teams have held down home field advantage, as Denver is 3-1 when hosting the Ravens and Baltimore is 5-0 at home against the Broncos, with the lone playoff victory coming in the AFC Wild Card Round in 2000.
Most recently, the Ravens defeated the Broncos 31-17 in October of 2010 in Baltimore.
BRONCOS PLAYERS VS. BALTIMORE
The Broncos enter Week 15 ranked fourth in both total offense and total defense, making them the only NFL club in the top five in each category.
The Broncos rank in the top 10 in three major offensive categories: yards per game (390.1, 4th), yards per play (5.9, 7th) and points per game (28.8, 2rd). The Ravens are 18th (344.4), 16th (5.5) and ninth (25.5) in those same categories.
The Ravens have out-rushed the Broncos by a narrow margin, averaging 108.8 yards per game on the ground to Denver's 106.1.
The Broncos' 284 passing yards per game are nearly 30 yards greater than Baltimore's average of 235.5.
Denver has allowed 19 sacks on the year, the third-lowest total in the league. The Ravens have allowed 31 sacks. Only nine teams in the league have given up more than 31 sacks.
The Broncos offense is fifth in the league in third-down conversion percentage, moving the chains on 44.1% of third downs.
The Ravens are sixth in the league in red zone offense, finding the end zone on 59 percent of their trips inside their opponents' 20-yard line.
Defensively, Denver ranks in the top four in three major categories: yards per game (309.4, 4th), yards per play (4.8, 3rd) and points per game (19.8, 4th).
Baltimore ranks 25th in run defense, allowing 128.3 rushing yards per game, and 10th in pass defense, surrendering 246.3 yards per game.
Denver ranks sixth in run defense, allowing 93.7 rushing yards per game, and seventh in pass defense, giving up 215.7 yards through the air.
The Ravens have the best red zone defense in the league. Opponents score on only 40 percent of their trips inside the Baltimore 20-yard line.
Each defense is in the top half of the league in takeaways. Denver is tied for 15th with 21, while Baltimore is tied for seventh with 25.
A win in Baltimore would be the team's ninth straight, tying for the third-longest winning streak in Broncos history.
With 34 interceptions as a Bronco, cornerback Champ Bailey needs one more to pass Tyrone Braxton for sole possession of fourth place in franchise history.
With eight touchdown receptions on the year, wide receiver
Miller needs one sack to tie Dumervil for the most single-season sacks in franchise history.
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Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio coached Baltimore's linebackers for three years from 1999-2001 and won a title with the club in 2000.