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Broncos vs. Bengals - Game Notes

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Broncos Media Relations provides news and notes about Denver's matchup vs. Cincinnati

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The Denver Broncos (0-1) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) in the 26th all-time meeting between the two AFC clubs in the regular season. Kickoff for the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, Sept. 18, is set for 2:15 p.m. MDT.


TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Spero Dedes (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: KMXA (1090 AM)/KJMN (92.1 FM): Luis Canela (play-by-play) and Gabriel Muñoz (color commentary) will call the game.


* - Head Coach John Fox, who ranks third among active NFL coaches with 78 overall wins, is in his first season leading the club after being named the 14th head coach in Denver Broncos history on Jan. 13.
* - The Broncos own a 17-8 all-time record against the Bengals in the regular season, including an 11-2 mark at home.
* - Four Broncos rookies started for Denver against Oakland last week (SLB Von Miller, S Rahim Moore, T Orlando Franklin and TE Julius Thomas), marking the most rookies to start a season opener for the Broncos since starters were tracked beginning in 1968.
* - WR Eric Decker recorded a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown against Oakland that represented the third-longest such play in franchise history and the 29th punt return touchdown overall.
* - Since 1996, the Broncos own the NFL’s best record in the first month (August/September) of the regular season, posting a 39-17 (.696) mark in those 56 games played during the past 16 years.
* - QB Kyle Orton ranks third among active NFL quarterbacks in career touchdown-to-interception ratio (17.67 / 53-3) in the red zone.
* - RB Willis McGahee is tied for the third-most rushing touchdowns (55) in the NFL since his first season with Buffalo in 2004.
* - K Matt Prater, who has converted on 2-of-3 field goals in 2011, is the franchise leader in field goal percentage (73-of-90 / 81.1%).


* - Mike McCoy is in his third season as Denver’s offensive coordinator after spending the previous nine seasons with Head Coach John Fox in Carolina.
* - WR Brandon Lloyd was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2010 as he became the first player in team history to lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,448), while also setting career highs in receptions (77), receiving average (18.8) and receiving touchdowns (11).
* - Lloyd’s 1,448 receiving yards in 2010 ranked second in team history in a single season and his 18.8-receiving average was the third-highest in league history (since the 1970 NFL merger / min. 75 rec.).
* - QB Kyle Orton, who finished fourth in the NFL with 281.0 passing yards per game in 2010, recording his 10th career 300-yard passing output last week against Oakland.
* - Orton ranks sixth in franchise history in passing yards (7,759) after passing Frank Tripucka last week with his 304 passing yards against the Raiders.
* - Orton finished tied for third in the league with 35 completions of 25+ yards and 11 completions of 40+ yards in 2010.
* - Orton finished the preseason as one of seven starting quarterbacks in the NFL to post a 100+ passer rating after completing 28-of-42 passes (66.7%) for 408 yards with two touchdowns and one interception (104.1 rtg.) in three games.
* - QB Tim Tebow started Denver’s final three games in 2010 and finished with the highest passer rating (82.1) among the eight NFL rookies that opened a game in 2010, while registering the most rushing yards (199) over a quarterback’s first three starts in NFL history (since 1970 merger).
* - Tebow registered the third-most passing yards (308) by a rookie in club history in Week 16 against Houston while accounting for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to become just the second quarterback in team history (Frank Tripucka, 1960, ‘62) to bring Denver back from a 17-point halftime deficit.
* - T Ryan Clady, who is one of 22 offensive linemen in NFL history to start all 16 games during each of his first three seasons, has started 49 consecutive games to begin his career as one of just five players from his 2008 draft class to accomplish that feat.
* - C J.D. Walton, who played all but one snap for Denver in 2010, became the 12th rookie in the 16-game era (since 1978) to start every game for his team at center and just the fourth player drafted after the second round to accomplish that feat.
* - G Zane Beadles played all 16 games in 2010, starting eight contests at right guard and six at right tackle, to become the first rookie since Andre Gurode (Dal., 2002) to start at least six games at two of the three different positions along the offensive line (C, G, T).
* - RB Knowshon Moreno in 2010 became the fifth player in franchise history to record 1,000 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two seasons in the NFL.
* - RB Willis McGahee is tied for the third-most rushing touchdowns (55) in the NFL since his first season with Buffalo in 2004.
* - WR Eddie Royal in 2010 became the fifth player in franchise history to post at least 1,000 combined yards in each of his first three NFL seasons.


* - Dennis Allen is in his first season as Denver’s defensive coordinator after serving as New Orleans’ secondary coach the past three seasons.
* - CB Champ Bailey was named to his 10th Pro Bowl in 2010 to set an NFL record for the cornerback position, passing Hall of Famer Mike Haynes.
* - Bailey’s 30 interceptions rank sixth in the NFL since he joined the Broncos in 2004. His 48 career interceptions rank first among all active NFL cornerbacks and are third among all players since entering the league in 1999.
* - DE Elvis Dumervil, who led the NFL in sacks (17) in 2009, returns to the Broncos defense after missing the entire 2010 campaign with a pectoral injury suffered during training camp.
* - Dumervil ranks sixth in the NFL in sacks per game (.69) and is tied for the third-most 2+sack games (13) in the league since his rookie season in 2006.
* - S Brian Dawkins, who joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 28, 2009  after playing his first 13 seasons with Philadelphia, is in his 16th NFL season playing the safety position—tied for most in league annals.
* - WLB D.J. Williams led the club with 119 tackles (94 solo), marking his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season and fifth such effort of his seven-year NFL career.
* -  Williams, who was the only player in the NFL in 2010 to lead his team in both tackles (119) and sacks (5.5), is one of three players in the NFL with at least 700 tackles and 15 sacks since his rookie season in 2004 (press box totals).


Denver QB Tim Tebow, DE Derrick Harvey, DT Marcus Thomas and Cincinnati Bengals WR Andre Caldwell and S Reggie Nelson played on Florida’s 2006 National Championship team, and in 2008, Cincinnati DE Carlos Dunlap was a member of Florida’s National Championship team led by Tebow… At Georgia, Denver RB Knowshon Moreno played with Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins (2006-08), G Clint Boling (2007-08) and WR A.J. Green (2008)… Denver WR Demaryius Thomas spent three seasons at Georgia Tech with Cincinnati DE Michael Johnson as a teammate (2006-08)… Denver CB Chris Harris played his freshmen season (2007) at Kansas with Cincinnati T Anthony Collins… Denver DE Elvis Dumervil played with Cincinnati LB Brandon Johnson for four seasons on Louisville’s defense (2002-05)… Denver RB Willis McGahee and LB D.J. Williams spent time at Miami with Cincinnati CB Kelly Jennings… Cincinnati DT Domata Peko played at Michigan State with Denver DT Kevin Vickerson in 2004. In 2005, after Vickerson moved on to the NFL, Peko took over his role as starting DT for the Spartans. Cincinnati C Kyle Cook spent one season with the two (2004)… Cincinnati LB Dontay Moch and Denver TE Virgil Green spent their entire collegiate careers together at Nevada (2006-10)… Denver S Quinton Carter spent four seasons with Cincinnati TE Jermaine Gresham at Oklahoma… Denver CB Jonathan Wilhite spent his two seasons at Auburn with Cincinnati DT Pat Sims (2005-06)… Denver T Tony Hills played three seasons at Texas with Cincinnati WR Jordan Shipley (2005-07).

Denver DE Jason Hunter and G Manny Ramirez spent the 2009 season in Detroit with Cincinnati RB Cedric Peerman…  Denver CB André Goodman played in Miami with Cincinnati S Chris Cooker for the 2008 season, and in 2009 Denver P Britton Colquitt played with the Dolphins alongside fellow Tennessee Volunteer Cincinnati S Gibril Wilson (the two did not overlap years at Tennessee)… In 2007, Denver General Manager Brian Xanders’ final year with the Falcons, Denver K Matt Prater and Cincinnati S Chris Cooker played together in Atlanta with Cincinnati Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer on the coaching staff. Denver TE Daniel Fells spent the 2006 season in Atlanta with Xanders and Cooker… Denver DE Derrick Harvey played two seasons in Jacksonville with Cincinnati S Reggie Nelson (2008-09)… Cincinnati Assistant Special Teams/Defensive Backs Coach Paul Guenther coached Denver CB Champ Bailey in his final two seasons with Washington (2002-03)… Denver QB Kyle Orton played on the offensive side of the ball in Chicago with Cincinnati RB Cedric Benson for the 2006-07 seasons… Denver Secondary Coach Ron Milus and Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert spent the 2003 season at Arizona coaching with Cincinnati Linebackers Coach Jeff Fitzgerald…  Cincinnati QB Bruce Gradkowski (2008) and Peerman each played a single season in Cleveland with Denver QB Brady Quinn… Cincinnati Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Friday spent time with Denver RB Willis McGahee and WR Matthew Willis in Baltimore during the 2007 season… McGahee and LB Mario Haggan were teammates with Cincinnati CB Nate Clements in Buffalo during the 2006 season… Denver DT Ty Warren spent his final season in New England with Cincinnati WR Brandon Tate (2009) and Denver CB Jonathan Wilhite. Tate and Wilhite remained Patriots through the 2010 season… Denver DT Brodrick Bunkley and MLB Joe Mays spent two seasons in Philadelphia with Cincinnati C/G Mike McGlynn (2008-09)… Denver TE Daniel Fells spent his first season in St. Louis with Cincinnati RB Brian Leonard (2008).    

Denver T Tony Hills and G Manny Ramirez and Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton all hail from the Houston area… Denver FB Spencer Larson and Cincinnati LB Dontay Moch are both from near Phoenixz.… Florida is home to 14 players in the match up with six hailing from the Miami region and three from Jacksonville, Fla.… Denver S David Bruton (Miamisburg) and Cincinnati K Mike Nugent (Centerville) are from neighboring towns in western Ohio… Denver MLB Joe Mays and Cincinnati G Otis Hudson both hail from Chicago... Denver CB André Goodman (Greenville) and Cincinnati WR A.J. Green (Summerville) grew up near each other in South Carolina.


Four Broncos rookies started for Denver against Oakland last week, marking the most rookies to start a season opener for the Broncos since starters were tracked beginning in 1968.
The quartet bested the previous high of three rookie starters in a season opener during the 1973 season.