ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As the Broncos return from their Week 10 bye, they face a seven-game slate that leaves little room for error.
If the Broncos expect to challenge for a wild-card spot, they likely must post a 6-1 or 7-0 record over their remaining games.
During that stretch, the Broncos must rely on their best players to help turn the season around.
And should Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. and Co. raise their level of play over the last seven games, they could be in line to achieve some pretty impressive individual accomplishments.
So as you watch the Broncos try to claw their way back into the playoff races, keep an eye on the following players and their pursuit for career milestones.
OLB Von Miller (92.5 career sacks; 9 sacks in 2018):
- Needs 5.5 sacks to pass Simon Fletcher (97.5 career sacks) for first place on the Broncos’ career sack list
- Needs one sack to join Reggie White and DeMarcus Ware as the only players to record 10 sacks in seven of their first eight seasons
- Needs one Pro Bowl selection to tie Randy Gradishar (seven Pro Bowl appearances) for the most Pro Bowls among Broncos linebackers
- Needs one First-Team All-Pro selection to tie Shannon Sharpe and Lionel Taylor (4) for the most First-Team All-Pro selections in Broncos history
CB Chris Harris Jr. (17 career interceptions; 1 INT in 2018):
- Needs one interception to become the only NFL player with multiple interceptions in each of the last seven seasons
- Needs one pass defensed to tie Steve Atwater and Tyrone Braxton (78) for the third-most passes defensed by a Bronco since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1994
- Needs one interception return for a touchdown to pass Tyrone Braxton and Mike Harden (4) for sole possession of second place in franchise history. Needs two pick-sixes to tie Aqib Talib for first place
OLB Bradley Chubb (8.0 sacks):
- Needs 7 sacks to pass Jevon Kearse (14.5) for most sacks by a rookie in NFL history
- Needs 4 sacks to pass Von Miller (11.5) for most sacks by a rookie in Broncos history
- Can be first Broncos rookie to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year since Miller in 2011. Would be join Miller and Mike Croel (1991) as the third Bronco to win the award
WR Emmanuel Sanders (56 receptions, 707 yards, 3 touchdowns):
- On pace to finish with 100 catches and 1,257 yards, the second-highest total of his career. His career highs are 101 receptions and 1404 yards, which both came in 2014.
- Needs 46 receptions (6.5 per game) to finish in the top five in franchise history for receptions in a season
- Needs 293 receiving yards to record a 1,000-yard season for the fifth time in his career. Would be just the fourth Bronco with four 1,000-yard receiving seasons
- Needs four total touchdowns (passing, rushing or receiving) to tie his career-high scoring output
WR Courtland Sutton (381 yards, 2 touchdowns, 19.1 YPC):
- Needs one touchdown reception to move into the top five in franchise history for touchdown catches by a rookie in a season. Needs four TD catches to break Eddie Royal’s record (5)
- Needs 112 yards to finish in the top five in Broncos history for most receiving yards by a rookie in a season. Needs 600 yards (85.7 YPG) to break Royal’s record (980)
- Currently averaging the third-most yards per catch of any rookie in franchise history
RB Phillip Lindsay (591 yards, 5.4 YPC, 551 all-purpose yards):
- Currently holds the second-highest rushing average by a rookie in Broncos history. Would need to finish with 5.22 yards per carry to finish second behind Portis’ 5.52 YPC.
- Needs 526 rushing yards to finish with the fifth-highest rookie rushing total in franchise history
- Needs 409 yards to rush for 1,000 yards on the season
- Needs 556 all-purpose yards to finish with the fifth-highest rookie yards from scrimmage total in Broncos history
- Would be the first Broncos rookie since Knowshon Moreno (2009) to lead rookies in rushing yards