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Broncos vs. Browns: What to Watch For

Posted Dec 22, 2012

Take a look at some facts and figures regarding Denver's Week 16 clash with the Browns.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos host the Browns on Sunday in search of their 10th straight win. Cleveland comes to Denver with a 3-0 mark against the rest of the teams in the AFC West. Below are facts and figures regarding the Week 16 AFC clash.

SERIES HISTORY

The Broncos and Browns have done battle in the AFC for 42 years. The clubs first squared off in 1970, with Cleveland taking the inaugural match by a score of 27-13.

Now, Denver owns a 21-5 advantage in the all-time series that includes a 3-0 mark in the postseason. It has won the last nine games between the two, with the last loss to Cleveland coming in 1990.

Most recently, the Broncos beat the Browns 27-6 at home in 2009 to improve its home record against Cleveland to 9-3.

BRONCOS PLAYERS VS. CLEVELAND

  • In a game at Cleveland in 2006, cornerback Champ Bailey recorded an interception and returned it 30 yards. He also defended two passes in the contest.
  • Quarterback Peyton Manning is 5-0 against the Browns in his NFL career, but he hasn't thrown a touchdown pass against the club in the last three games.
  • Linebacker Wesley Woodyard set a then-career-high with 10 tackles in his rookie season against the Browns. His previous career-high in tackles was two.

NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS

  • Denver has outscored opponents by 133 points in the second half this year to lead the NFL in that category. It represents the seventh-highest such figure since the 1970 NFL merger and the best since Jacksonville (+134) in 1999.
  • The club's nine-game winning streak is tied for the third-longest such streak in team history and the longest since winning 13 games in a row during its 1998 Super Bowl season.
  • Running back Knowshon Moreno ranks fourth in the NFL in scrimmage yards per game (121.8) and fifth in the league in rushing yards per game (97.8) during the last four weeks as Denver's starting running back.
  • Linebacker Von Miller is the second player since 1994 to record at least 15 sacks, 25 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles in a season.
  • Wide receiver Trindon Holliday leads the NFL with a 35.2 kick return average in addition to ranking second in the league with an 11.4 punt return average since being acquired by the Broncos off waivers on Oct. 11.
  • Cleveland running back Trent Richardson is tied for second in the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns. The Broncos enter Week 16 ranked fifth in total offense and fourth in total defense, making them the only NFL club in the top five in each category.
  • Denver ranks in the top 10 in three major offensive categories: yards per game (387.2, 5th), yards per play (5.8, 9th) and points per game (29.2, 2nd). The Browns are 26th (319.6), 26th (5.1) and 24th (20) in those same categories.
  • The Broncos and Browns each rank in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game. Denver gains an average of 110.1 yards on the ground, while Cleveland picks up 97.4 yards per game.
  • The Broncos' 277.1 passing yards per game are nearly 55 yards greater than Cleveland's average of 222.2.
  • Denver has allowed 21 sacks on the year. Only two teams in the NFL have kept their quarterback cleaner. Cleveland's 26 sacks allowed are tied for the eighth-best mark in the league.
  • The Broncos offense is seventh in the league in third-down conversion percentage (43%) and 11th in red zone touchdown percentage (56.4%). The Browns are ranked 30th in both of those categories at 31.1 percent and 41.7 percent, respectively.
  • Defensively, Denver ranks in the top five in three major categories: yards per game (307.1, 4th), yards per play (4.7, 3rd) and points per game (19.6, 5th).
  • Cleveland ranks 19th in run defense, allowing 120.6 rushing yards per game, and 25th in pass defense, surrendering 247.4 yards per game.
  • Denver ranks second in run defense, allowing 91 rushing yards per game, and eighth in pass defense, giving up 216.1 yards through the air.
  • The Browns are tied for fifth in the league with 28 takeaways and are tied for seventh with 16 interceptions. The Broncos are tied for 16th with 23 takeaways.

ANY-MINUTE MILESTONES

  • A win against Cleveland would be the team's 10th straight, which would tie for the second-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.
  • Cornerback Omar Bolden is one special-teams tackle shy of becoming the 13th Broncos rookie since 1994 to record at least 10 special-teams stops.
  • Defensive end Elvis Dumervil and linebacker Von Miller can each pass Dennis Smith for the most fumbles forced by a Bronco in a single season since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1984. They have six forced fumbles a piece.
  • Miller needs one sack to tie Dumervil for the most single-season sacks in franchise history.
  • Quarterback Peyton Manning needs one more 300-yard passing game (his eighth) to tie Jay Cutler for the most 300-yard passing games in a Broncos season.
  • Wide receiver Trindon Holliday needs one return touchdown to become the third player in Broncos history with at least three special-teams return scores in a single season.
  • With 36 receptions on the year, tight end Joel Dreessen's next catch will set a new career high.

FAMILIAR FACES

Safety Mike Adams will play the team he spent the last five seasons with. He made 209 tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions from 2007-11 with the Browns.

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