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Broncos vs. Chiefs: What to Watch For

Posted Dec 29, 2012

A list of noteworthy facts and figures heading into the regular-season finale against the Chiefs.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos (12-3) wrap up the regular-season slate with a divisional matchup at home against the Kansas City Chiefs (2-13). Below, find a list of facts and figures regarding the contest.

SERIES HISTORY

The Broncos trail the Chiefs 48-56 in the all-time series. The clubs have found themselves in a stalemate in recent years, alternating wins and losses for the past seven games, dating back to 2009 when Denver won its second in a row.

Similar to this year, Kansas City traveled to Denver in the 2011 regular season finale. The Chiefs won that game 7-3.

In Week 12 of this season, Denver won a 17-9 contest at Arrowhead Stadium.

BRONCOS PERFORMANCES VS. K.C.

  • In November of 2011, running back Lance Ball recorded career highs in carries (30) and rushing yards (96).
  • In the same game as Ball's breakout performance, punter Britton Colquitt matched a career-high four punts inside the 20-yard line while punting seven times for 307 yards, an average of 43.9 yards per punt.
  • Also in that game, wideout Eric Decker caught a career-long 56-yard touchdown pass that represented the winning margin.
  • Defensive end Elvis Dumervil owns 5.5 career sacks against the Chiefs, including a three-sack performance with a forced fumble in 2007.
  • In 2004, quarterback Peyton Manning threw for a career-high 472 yards with five touchdowns at Kansas City.
  • In November of 2011, linebacker Von Miller recorded seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss and four quarterback hits. He also recorded a sack in Denver's game at Kansas City in Week 12.
  • Linebacker Wesley Woodyard recorded nine tackles and a sack in the Week 12 game this year.
  • Running back Knowshon Moreno has had two of his four career 100-yard rushing games against the Chiefs. In his first start of the year in Week 12 at Kansas City, he totaled 111 yards from scrimmage on 20 carries and four receptions.

NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS

  • Denver leads the NFL with a +144 scoring differential in the second half this year to represent the third-highest such figure since the 1970 NFL merger and the best since Green Bay (+170) in 1996.
  • The Broncos have been outscored by only one team in the second half this season and owns a 282-138 advantage in quarters 3-4.
  • Denver has clinched the AFC West for the 12th time in their history, and is tied for the most titles among division members since the 1970 NFL merger.
  • Denver has won consecutive division titles for the third time in its history and the first since 1986-87.
  • The Broncos enter Week 17 ranked fourth in total offense and third in total defense, making them the only NFL club in the top five in each category. Denver has finished in the top five in total offense and total defense just three times prior to this season.
  • The Broncos are tied for 18th in the league with an even turnover differential. The Chiefs are last in the NFL at -25.
  • Denver is ranked sixth or better in three major offensive categories: yards per game (391.9, 4th), yards per play (5.8, 6th) and points per game (29.5, 2nd). The Chiefs rank 22nd (332.6), 25th (5.1) and 32nd (13.9) in those same categories.
  • Kansas City ranks fifth in the league rushing for 153.5 yards per game. The Broncos are ranked 18th with 110.7 rushing yards per game.
  • The Broncos pass for about 100 yards more per game than the Chiefs. Denver throws for 281.2 yards per game (6th) to the Chiefs' 179.1 yards per game (31st).
  • Denver is second in the league, having surrendered just 21 quarterback sacks. Only the Giants' Eli Manning has been sacked less than Peyton among season-long starters. The Chiefs are 21st in the NFL allowing 36 quarterback sacks.
  • Defensively, Denver is ranked fifth or better in three major categories: yards per game (302.2, 3rd), yards per play (4.7, 3rd) and points per game (19.1, 5th).
  • The Broncos are ranked first in the league in third-down defense (30.7%) and 28th in the league in red zone defense (61.5%). The Browns are 17th (37.9%) and 10th (49.2%) in those categories.
  • The Broncos defense is first in the league in sacks with 48. The Chiefs are 29th with 27. 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.
  • Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is first in the AFC and third in the NFL with 1,456 rushing yards on the season.
  • Moreno ranks fourth in the NFL in scrimmage yards per game (122.8) and fifth in the league in rushing yards per game (93.8) during the last five weeks as Denver's starting running back.

ANY-MINUTE MILESTONES

  • The Broncos have a chance to finish with a perfect divisional record for the second time in franchise history (1998).
  • A win would also give them the second-longest winning streak in team history.
  • In what will be his 500th game as a coach (college/pros), John Fox needs a victory to become just the seventh active NFL head coach to reach 100 overall wins in his career.
  • Cornerback Champ Bailey is one interception shy of passing Tyron Braxton (34) for the fourth-most in franchise history.
  • With 988 receiving yards on the year - already a career high - Eric Decker needs 12 yards for his first career 1,000-yard season. It would make him and wideout Demaryius Thomas the first pair of Broncos receivers to reach 1,000 yards in a season since 2004.
  • Defensive end Elvis Dumervil and Miller are fighting to break the team's single-season forced fumble record. They each have six on the year, tied for the most in team history with Dennis Smith (1989) since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1984.
  • Dumervil is also one sack shy of tying Lyle Alzado for fifth place on the club's all-time list.
  • 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.
  • Woodyard needs one tackle to reach 300 for his career.

FAMILIAR FACES

  • Kansas City quarterback Brady Quinn was with the Broncos for the last two seasons (2010-11).
  • Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis spent his first two NFL seasons (2008-09) with the Broncos, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2008 draft.

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