Denver Broncos 17 - Dallas Cowboys 10 - Post Game Notes

LATE ORTON-MARSHALL TOUCHDOWN FUELS 4-0 START

The Denver Broncos scored 17 unanswered points and improved to 4-0 on the season after beating the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) by a 17-10 margin. This marks the sixth time in Broncos history the club has started a season 4-0.

4-0 STARTS IN BRONCOS HISTORY

Year

Started

Final Record

Postseason

1977

6-0

12-2

Super Bowl XII

1986

6-0

11-5

Super Bowl XXI

1997

6-0

12-4

Super Bowl XXXII (W)

1998

13-0

14-2

Super Bowl XXXIII (W)

2003

4-0

10-6

Wild Card Game

2009

4-0

?

?

 

  • WR Brandon Marshall's 51-yard touchdown reception from QB Kyle Orton with 1:46 remaining and Denver's fourth-down defensive stand with 0:01 left helped seal the win.

  • Orton, who completed 18 of his last 22 passes against Dallas and finished 20-of-29 for 243 yards and two touchdowns (117.5 rating), joined John Hadl (L.A. Rams, 1973) as the only two quarterbacks to throw for at least one touchdown and no interceptions in each of their first four starts with a new team. 
  • Orton has thrown at least one touchdown in each start this season for the Broncos without recording an interception, improving his career touchdown-interception ratio in the red zone to 25:2. He extended his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 155 dating back to last season.
    • Marshall led the club with 91 receiving yards on his four receptions against Dallas and now leads Denver with 16 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
    • Head Coach Josh McDaniels joins Red Miller (6-0 in 1977) as the only head coaches in club history to start at least 4-0 in their first season with the Broncos. McDaniels and Indianapolis' Jim Caldwell are the only 4-0 coaches this season.

    DUMERVIL RECORDS THIRD CONSECUTIVE MULTI-SACK GAME

            With his two sacks against the Cowboys, OLB/DE Elvis Dumervil moved into a tie with Cincinnati's Antwan Odom for the NFL sack lead with nine sacks on the season. Dumervil, who registered a career-high 12.5 sacks in 2007, has 10 multi-sack games in his career-including in each of Denver's last three games-a mark that ties him for second in the NFL since he entered the league in 2006. 

    MOST SACKS, NFL, 2009

    MOST GAMES WITH 2+ SACKS, NFL, 2006-PRES.

     

    Player

    Sacks

    Yds.

     

    Player

    Pos.

    2+ Sack Gms.

    1.

    Elvis Dumervil, Den.

    8.0

    35

    1.

    Jared Allen, Min./K.C.

    DE

    12

    Antwan Odom, Cin.

    8.0

    51

    2.

    Elvis Dumervil, Den.

    OLB/DE

    10

    3.

    Dwight Freeney, Ind.

    5.0

    35

    Robert Mathis, Ind.

    DE

    10

    Robert Mathis, Ind.

    5.0

    26

    4.

    Shawne Merriman, S.D.

    LB

    9

    Aaron Kampman, G.B.

    DE

    9

    DEFENSIVE IMPROVES TURNOVER RATIO

     

    • The Broncos finished with two takeaways (1 INT, 1 FUM) against just one giveaway (FUM) for a +1 turnover differential (10 takeaways, 3 giveaways). Denver is second in the NFL with a +7 turnover differential on the season.
    • Denver's first score resulted from Denver's ninth takeaway of the season-a sack and forced fumble by S Renaldo Hill that was recovered by ILB D.J. Williams. The Broncos have now scored 30 points off 10 opponent turnovers in 2009 (3 TD, 3 FG; 38.0% of Denver's total points (79)).

    CHAMP BAILEY TIES FOR SEVENTH ON BRONCOS INTERCEPTION LIST

    With his third-quarter interception of QB Tony Romo, CB Champ Bailey tied CB Louis Wright for seventh place on Denver's all-time interceptions list with 26. Bailey also moved into a tie with Baltimore S Ed Reed for the second-most interceptions (44) since he entered the league in 1999 with the Washington Redskins.

    MOST INTERCEPTIONS BY A BRONCO, CAREER

    MOST INTERCEPTIONS, NFL, 1999-PRES.

     

    Player

    INTs

    Yds.

    Avg.

    TDs

     

    Player

    INTs

    1.

    Steve Foley, 1976-86

    44

    622

    14.1

    1

    1.

    Darren Sharper, N.O./Min./G.B.

    55

    2.

    Goose Gonsoulin, 1960-66

    43

    542

    12.6

    2

    2.

    Champ Bailey, Den./Was.

    44

    3.

    Billy Thompson, 1969-81

    40

    784

    19.6

    3

    Ed Reed, Bal.

    44

    4.

    Tyrone Braxton, 1987-93, '95-99

    34

    614

    18.1

    4

    4.

    Dré Bly, S.F./ Den./ Det./ Stl.

    40

    5.

    Mike Harden, 1980-88

    33

    643

    19.5

    4

    5.

    Tory James, N.E./Cin./Oak./Den.

    37

    6.

    Dennis Smith, 1981-94

    30

    431

    14.4

    0

    7.

    Champ Bailey, 2004-Pres.

    26

    307

    11.8

    3

    Louis Wright, 1975-86

    26

    360

    13.8

    1

    MISCELLANEOUS GAME NOTES


    • OL Russ Hochstein started at left guard in place of G Ben Hamilton. It marked Hochstein's second start of the season as he opened at right guard in Week 1 at Cin. (9/13) in place of G Chris Kuper...
    • RB Correll Buckhalter led all Broncos with five receptions (55 yds.)...
    • RB Knowshon Moreno (14-65, 4.6 avg.) led the team in rushing for the first time this season...
    • ILB D.J. Williams tied for the club lead with nine tackles (all solo), a sack (1 yd.) and two passes defensed to go along with his second-quarter fumble recovery...
    • ILB Andra Davis also recorded nine tackles (7 solo) for the Broncos...
    • Denver extended its scoring streak to 265 games. The streak, which began on Nov. 30, 1992, is the longest active streak in the NFL and the third-longest all-time...
    • OLB/DE Darrell Reid lined up at fullback and blocked for Denver's fourth-down rushing attempt in the third quarter...
    • Denver's defense held Dallas to 3-of-14 on third downs, including 0-of-7 in the second half. The Broncos allowed just 21 net yards on those 14 third-down plays...
    • The Broncos' 10 points allowed was the fewest against an NFC opponent in 24 games (since 37-7 win vs. Arizona, 12/29/02)...
    • P Brett Kern finished with six punts for a 50.8 average, including four punts for a 55.3 average when kicking in Denver territory.
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