Sneak-A-Peek @ Week 4 -- Broncos @ Colts

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Date: Sunday, September 30, 2007

Time: 4:15 p.m. ET

Teams: Denver Broncos (2-1) at Indianapolis Colts (3-0)

Location: RCA Dome -- Indianapolis, Indiana

       

The road doesn't get easier for the Broncos as they head to the Hoosier State of Indiana to face the World Champion Indianapolis Colts.  We'll have much more about the matchup as the week moves on, but I am always looking for interesting, edcuating tidbits to share --

BRONCOS AT COLTS POINTS OF INTEREST

  Team Notes

The Broncos own an 11-5-0 all-time regular-season record against the Colts, including a 5-3 mark on the road...

Denver is 0-2 against Indianapolis in postseason play, losing AFC Wild Card Games to the club during the 2003 and `04 seasons...

Denver's .688 all-time winning percentage off its 11-5 regular-season record against Indianapolis is its second-best against any club it has faced at least 10 times...

Sunday's game marks Denver's eighth contest against Indianapolis in the last seven years (since 2001), and the Broncos' seven meetings against the Colts (5 reg., 2 post.) make Indianapolis its most common non-divisional opponent during that time...

In facing Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis, Denver will look to win its fifth consecutive game against the defending Super Bowl champion--Denver has defeated the defending champion in each of the last two seasons...

The Broncos are 9-1 dating back to 2002 against teams that participated in the previous season's Super Bowl and are 22-16 (.579) all-time in these games (13-7 against S.B. winner)...

The Broncos have posted a 10-4 (.714) record in away games dating back to November 2005, and that winning percentage ties for the second best in the NFL during that time...

The Broncos have averaged 178.4 rushing yards per game in their last five games against Indianapolis (inc. postseason), and that average is Denver's best against any team it has faced at least three times since 2003...

The Broncos have held Colts three-time Pro Bowl DE Dwight Freeney to a total of 1.5 sacks (2.5 yds.) in their six games against the pass rusher...

Denver (4,811 pts.) and Indianapolis (4,813 pts.) rank second and first, respectively, in the NFL in points scored since 1995... Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan (141 wins) and Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy (126 wins) are third and fifth, respectively, in career victories among active head coaches...

  Player Notes

Denver second-year QB Jay Cutler will play his first game in the RCA Dome on Sunday since Nov. 25, 2000, when he led Heritage Hills High School to a 27-24 overtime win in the Indiana Class 3A state championship game against Zionsville High School--Cutler scored the winning TD in that game on a 12-yard throwback pass and had a game-high 19 tackles...

QB Jay Cutler owns a 92.6 passer rating on the road for his career, completing 61 percent of his passes for 753 yards with 5 TDs and 2 INTs in those three games (2-1 record)... Cutler has thrown a touchdown pass in all eight of his career starts, and that streak is the longest by a Bronco to start his career in club history... Cutler also is the first player since Mark Rypien (Was.) in 1988-89 to throw at least one TD in each of his first eight games played--Rypien begin his career with 11 consecutive such games...  The Broncos own the NFL's best record through the first month of the season during the last 11 years (1997-2007) with a 28-11 (.718) mark...

LB D.J. Williams leads Denver in tackles with 37 (24 solo)...

CB Champ Bailey and TE Nate Jackson share Denver's lead for special teams tackles with four each...

RB Travis Henry leads the NFL in rushing yards (539) dating back to the final two weeks of the 2006 season and is fourth in the league (302) in 2007...

K Jason Elam (1,694 pts. in 223 career games) needs six points to become the fastest player in NFL history to 1,700 career points...

The Broncos join the Patriots as one of two teams in the NFL with an individual 100-yard receiver through each of their first three games with WR Javon Walker (Weeks 1-2) and WR Brandon Marshall (Week 3)...

Walker (19 rec.) and Marshall (17 rec.) are one of four WR duos in the NFL with at least 17 receptions... WR Brandon Marshall has totaled a team-high 500 receiving yards in Denver's previous eight games dating back to last season (12/3/06 vs. Sea.)...

DE Elvis Dumervil has notched two sacks in each of Denver's last two games, and his four 2+sack games since entering the league in 2006 tie for the third-highest total in the NFL... Dumervil's four sacks this year tie for the second-highest total in the NFL... The Broncos lead the NFL in fewest passing yards per game (88.3) and yards per pass play (3.96) allowed... Denver has the second-best yardage differential (+413 / 1,176-763) in the NFL....

Last week against Jacksonville, the Broncos allowed only two touchdowns in five Jaguars trips inside their 5-yard line and held Jacksonville to 1-of-5 success on third-and-1 attempts (0-for-4 in red zone)...

DE Simeon Rice ranks 13th in NFL history in career sacks (121) and needs half a sack to tie Clyde Simmons for 12th in league history in career QB takedowns...

Broncos WR Rod Smith, the club's all-time leader in every major career receiving category, is on Denver's physically unable to perform list with a left hip injury.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK AT INDIANAPOLIS

TEAM (10-4 ROAD RECORD IN LAST 14 GAMES) - Can improve to 11-4 on the road in its last 15 games dating back to November 2005 with a victory on Sunday against the Colts.

TEAM (4 CONSEC. WINS VS. S.B. WINNER) - Can win its fifth consecutive game against a defending Super Bowl champion with a victory on Sunday against the Colts.

CB CHAMP BAILEY (22 INTS) - Needs two interceptions to tie Steve Atwater (24) for eighth and four to tie Louis Wright (26) for seventh in Broncos history in career interceptions.

CB CHAMP BAILEY (301 INT YDS.) - Needs 34 interception return yards to tie Randy Gradishar (335) for 10th, 39 to tie Tom Jackson (340) for ninth and 59 to tie Louis Wright for eighth in Broncos history in career interception return yards.

CB CHAMP BAILEY (3 INT RET. FOR TDS) - Needs one interception returned for a touchdown to tie Tyrone Braxton (4) and Mike Harden (4) for the most interceptions returned for a touchdown in Broncos history.

QB JAY CUTLER (8-GAME TD STREAK) - Can extend his franchise-record eight-game streak of consecutive starts with at least one touchdown pass to begin a Broncos career with a scoring toss on Sunday against the Colts. His streak of at least one TD pass in each of his first eight games played is the longest in the NFL since 1988-89 (Mark Rypien, Was., 11 Gms.)

DE ELVIS DUMERVIL (2 CONSEC. MULTI-SACK GMS.) - Can post his third consecutive multiple-sack game with at least 1.5 quarterback takedowns on Sunday against the Colts.

DE ELVIS DUMERVIL (2 MULTI-SACK GMS.) - Can become the first Bronco since Bert Berry and Trevor Pryce in 2003 to post at least three multiple-sack games in the same season with 1.5 sacks on Sunday against the Colts.

K JASON ELAM (1,694 PTS.) - Needs five points to tie Jan Stenerud (1,699) for eighth in NFL history in career points scored. Also can become the fastest player in NFL history to reach 1,700 career points with six points in his 224th career game on Sunday against the Colts.

WR BRANDON MARSHALL (17 REC., 267 YDS.) - Needs three catches and 42 receiving yards against the Colts to equal his rookie output (20-309) totaled in 15 games last season.

DE SIMEON RICE (121 SACKS) - Needs half a sack to tie Clyde Simmons (121.5) for 12th and 5.5 sacks to tie Derrick Thomas (126.5) for 11th in NFL history in career sacks.

P TODD SAUERBRUN (79 PUNTS) - Needs one punt to tie Paul Ernster (80) for 11th in Broncos history in career punts.

WR JAVON WALKER (53-GAME RECEPT. STREAK) - Can extend his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 54 games on Sunday against the Colts.

 
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