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2013 Game-by-Game: Week 11

Posted Jul 8, 2013

In Week 11 of the 2013 season, the Broncos take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

  • WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 17; 2:05 p.m. MST.
  • WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
  • TV: CBS.
  • SERIES RECORD: Chiefs lead, 56-49 (Broncos lead 1-0 in the postseason).
  • JOHN FOX'S RECORD: 5-1.
  • PEYTON MANNING'S RECORD: 7-1 (2-0 in the postseason).
  • SERIES STREAK: The Broncos have won 10 of their last 12 home games against the Chiefs since moving from Mile High Stadium in 2001.
  • LAST TIME IN DENVER: Broncos 38, Chiefs 3; Dec. 30, 2012. If not for a 64-yard Brandon Flowers fumble return that set up the Chiefs' only points, the Broncos would have likely posted their first shutout since Nov. 20, 2005. Nevertheless, the Broncos romped in a game that was not as close as the score indicated; the Broncos posted four-to-one margins in first downs (32-8) and total yardage (488-119). Denver scored on its opening series via a 3-yard Knowshon Moreno run and were never threatened. The 35-point margin was the largest in the Broncos' favor in the 53-year-old series and the most for either team in the series since a 52-9 Chiefs win on Oct. 29, 1967.


NOTING THE GAME:

  • It's a bit unusual for this game to take place so early; three of the last four Broncos regular seasons have ended with home games against the Chiefs.
  • Peyton Manning has never lost a home game to the Chiefs (6-0, including a wild-card playoff win on Jan. 6, 2007).
  • Denver and Kansas City have split the season series eight of the last 10 years. The other two seasons (2007, 2012) witnessed Broncos sweeps. 
  • Since allowing the Chiefs 29 points in a 49-29 win on Nov. 14, 2010, Kansas City has scored just 39 points in five games against the Broncos -- a 7.8 points-per-game average. Nevertheless, the Chiefs beat Denver twice in that span, because the Broncos averaged just 10.75 points per game in the four games between the clubs from December 2010 through last November. The Broncos then scored nearly as many points in one game (38) as they did in the previous four against the Chiefs (43).
  • Denver has won 10 of the last 12 games it has played against the Chiefs in the month of November.
  • In the series, no team has ever lost when its starting quarterback has a rating above 116.0. (Broncos 6-0; Chiefs 11-0.) Manning's 144.8 rating at home against the Chiefs last December is the highest for a Denver passer in the series.
  • Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith won his only start against the Broncos, leading San Francisco to a 23-20 overtime win on Dec. 31, 2006. He was still with the 49ers when they faced the Broncos at London's Wembley Stadium four years later, but was injured. Troy Smith started in his place and dealt the Broncos a 24-16 defeat.
  • The Broncos went 1-1 against new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid when he helmed the Eagles.
  • Chiefs coaches are 4-8 all time in their first game against the Broncos, including 2-8 since 1977. In the last 35 years, only Gunther Cunningham (Sept. 19, 1999) and Romeo Crennel (Jan. 1, 2012) won in their first Chiefs-Broncos tussle as sideline boss.