NFL Week 6 - Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers - A First Look

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Off to a 5-0 start for the first time in 11 seasons, the Denver Broncos renew their rivalry with the San Diego Chargers (2-2) this week on Monday Night Football. Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for 5:30 p.m. PDT.

QUICKLY:
  • The Broncos have been one of the NFL's best teams in the second half this year, outscoring opponents 59-7 (+52) while posting a 1,158-501 (+657) advantage in total yardage (includes overtime numbers).
  • Head Coach Josh McDaniels is the sixth rookie head coach in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to begin his coaching career with a 5-0 record.
OFFENSE:
  • Denver has posted five touchdown drives of at least 80 yards this year, including two 90-yard TD drives in last week's 20-17 overtime win against New England. The club covered 98 yards on 12 plays for WR Brandon Marshall's 11-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
  • QB Kyle Orton is 8-1 in his previous nine starts dating back to last year, and his 26-12 (.684) record as a starter ranks third in the NFL among active quarterbacks.
DEFENSE:
  • Led by long-time NFL defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, the Broncos lead the NFL in scoring defense (8.6 ppg.) and are giving up the second fewest yards per game (252.8) in the league. Denver has allowed opponents to convert only 2-of-30 (6.7%) third-down attempts in the second half.
  • CB Champ Bailey, who was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Wk. 4, leads all NFL cornerbacks with 44 interceptions since he entered the league in 1999.
SPECIAL TEAMS:
  • K Matt Prater, who was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September, kicked the first game-winning field goal of his three year career with a 41-yard make in overtime against the Patriots last week.
  • S Darcel McBath, a rookie from Texas Tech, is tied with veteran ILB Mario Haggan for the team lead with five special-teams tackles.
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