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Posted Sep 21, 2010

The Broncos take on the Colts at INVESCO Field at Mile High this Sunday. Click here for all the information you'll need leading up to the 2:15 p.m. MDT kickoff.

Note: Below is a portion of the team's weekly press release. To view the complete release, click here (PDF).


The Denver Broncos will host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Kickoff at INVESCO Field at Mile High is set for 2:15 p.m. MDT.


  • The Denver Broncos are in their sixth decade of professional football with a 412-368-10 (.528) combined record. They have the eighth-most wins among AFL/NFL franchises since 1960.
  • Denver finished with a 93-67 (.581) regular-season record during the 2000s to mark its third consecutive decade with 90 or more victories — the only team in the NFL to accomplish that feat during the last three decades.
  • The Broncos own the NFL’s best record in the first month (August/September) of the regular season since 1996 (39-15 / .722) and have posted a 14-1 (.933) record in home games in the month of September since the 2002 season.
  • Head Coach Josh McDaniels and General Manager Brian Xanders made several key acquisitions during the offseason, including the signing of three-time Pro Bowler DL Jamal Williams, hometown product DL Justin Bannan (University of Colorado) and secondary specialist CB Nate Jones.


QB Kyle Orton, leads all NFL quarterbacks in third-down efficiency, having completed 14-of-19 passes (73.7) for 181 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (138.3 rtg.).


Denver’s defense accounted for three interceptions in last week’s win against Seattle (CB Champ Bailey, CB Perrish Cox, S Brian Dawkins) — the most the Broncos have totaled since picking off three passes in a 28-16 loss to Indianapolis last season.


K Matt Prater is tied for the NFL lead with five touchbacks on kickoffs this season and P Britton Colquitt ranks sixth in the league with a 47.1-yard average.


TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): The network’s No. 1 crew of Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentary) will call the game.

NATIONAL RADIO: Sports USA Radio Network: Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and John Robinson (color commentary) will call the game with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.

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.


The Broncos will play the Colts this Sunday in the 19th regular-season meeting between the two clubs... Denver leads the all-time series with a 11-7 record against Indianapolis, including a 6-2 mark at home... The Broncos look to improve upon their NFL-best 39-15 (.722) record during the opening month of the season (August/September) since 1996... Denver has won 14 of its last 15 home games during the month of September dating to the 2002 season... Head Coach Josh McDaniels guided Denver to a 6-0 record to begin the 2009 season, a start that tied for the third best by a rookie NFL head coach since 1930... 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 have won more regular-season games (252) and overall games (267) than any AFC team (second most in NFL)... Denver had five players selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl with that total tying for its most since 2001 (T-7th overall in club annals)... QB Kyle Orton leads the NFL in third-down efficiency, having completed 14-of-19 passes (73.7) for 181 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (138.3 rtg.)... Orton’s 3,802 passing yards in 2009 tied for sixth in club annals and rank 12th in NFL history among players with a new team... Orton ranks third among active starting quarterbacks in the NFL with an .800 winning percentage (20-5) at home... WR Jabar Gaffney recorded the second-most receiving yards (213) in a single game in franchise history (most by a WR) in the season finale vs. Kansas City and finished the year with a career-high 732 receiving yards... WR Brandon Lloyd leads the NFL with four receptions of 25+ yards and his 21.3 receiving average (8-170) ranks second in the league among players with at least five receptions... WR Demaryius Thomas totaled eight receptions for 97 yards (12.1 avg.) with one touchdown in his NFL debut against Seattle last week, marking the second-highest reception total for a player’s NFL debut in franchise history... Thomas became one of just nine NFL players since 1970 to record at least eight cacthes in their professional debut... RB Knowshon Moreno in 2009 became the 14th player in the NFL since 1970 to lead league rookies in rushing yards (947), yards from scrimmage (1,160) and total touchdowns (9)... Moreno, who led league rookies with six 80-yard rushing games last season, became the fifth Bronco to lead NFL rookies in rushing... RB Correll Buckhalter ranked sixth in the NFL in yards per rush (5.4) and set career highs in rushing yards (642) and receptions (31) in 2009... OL Ryan Clady, named to the Pro Bowl (starter) for the first time, became the 11th tackle in league annals to earn a Pro Bowl selection by his second professional season... Clady was named to the inaugural USA Football/NFLPA “All-Fundamentals” Team as the youngest member (23) to receive the honor... LB D.J. Williams, a Pro Bowl alternate, led Denver with 122 tackles (100 solo) that ranked 11th in the NFL... Since 2007, Williams is sixth in the league in tackles per game (8.2)... CB Champ Bailey was named to his ninth Pro Bowl to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes for the most Pro Bowls at cornerback in NFL history... Bailey has totaled the most interceptions (47) in the NFL among cornerbacks since entering the league in 1999 and has the seventh-most interceptions (29) by a Bronco in team annals... S Brian Dawkins was named a Pro Bowl starter in his first season with Denver and tied former Broncos S Steve Atwater for the third-most Pro Bowl selections (8) by a safety in NFL history... WR Eddie Royal is one of two players in the NFL (Chargers RB Darren Sproles) to total at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage (1,598) and 1,500 kick return yards (1,695) since 2008... K Matt Prater owns the best
field goal percentage from 50 or more yards (.800 / 8-of-10) in NFL history among players who started their career after 1970 (min. 10 att.).


Broncos QB Kyle Orton, who finished the preseason as the most efficient NFL passer on third downs, leads the league in that category through the first two weeks of the regular season. On third downs, Orton has completed 14-of-19 passes (73.7%) for 181 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (138.3 rtg.).

Against Seattle in Week 2, Orton completed 11-of-14 passes for 152 yards (78.6%) with two touchdowns and no interceptions (151.5 rtg.) on third down to register the second-highest single-game rating on third down in franchise history since at least 1991 (min. 10 third-down att.).


Since entering the NFL with the Redskins as the seventh overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is second in the NFL and ranks first among cornerbacks with 47 interceptions. He also leads the league with 172 pass breakups since 1999.