Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys Game Preview

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Team Notes

Denver Broncos

Regular Season Record (all-time) : 398-364-10

Playoff Record (all-time) : 17-15 (Last appearance after 2005 season)

 Super Bowls Won: 2 out of 6 appearances

 Championships Won: 2 Superbowls, 6 AFC Championships

Passing Leader (all-time): John Elway - 51,475 yards

Rushing Leader (all-time): Terrell Davis - 7,607 yards

Receiving Leader (all-time): Rod Smith - 11,389 yards

Winningest Coach (all-time): Mike Shanahan - 138 wins

Past 5 Seasons

2010: 4-12

2009: 8-8

2008: 8-8

2007: 7-9

2006: 9-7

 

Dallas Cowboys

Regular Season Record (all-time) : 440-324-6

Playoff Record (all-time) : 33-25 (Last appearance after 2009 season)

 Super Bowls Won: 5 out of 8 appearances

 Championships Won: 5

Passing Leader (all-time): Troy Aikman - 32,942 yards

Rushing Leader (all-time): Emmitt Smith - 17,162 yards

Receiving Leader (all-time): Michael Irvin - 11,904 yards

Winningest Coach (all-time): Tom Landry - 250 wins

Past 5 Seasons

2010: 6-10

2009: 11-5 (Playoffs)

2008: 9-7

2007: 13-3 (Playoffs)

2006: 9-7 (Playoffs)

Quick Broncos Notes

·        The Broncos are opening the preseason on the road for the 14th consecutive year, marking the NFL's longest current such streak.

·        9 members of the team are from Texas including Walton (Allen), Miller (DeSoto) and McBean (Euless)

Broncos not expected to play. DJ Williams, Syd'Quan Thompson, Nate Irving, Louis Leonard, Mitch Unrein, Richard Quinn

Cowboys not expected to play: Linebacker Keith Brooking (hamstring), center Andre Gurode (knee), cornerback Mike Jenkins (stinger), guard Montrae Holland (back), cornerback Terence Newman (groin) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff (hip)

Matchups/Players To Watch

Broncos:

Tim Tebow – Tebow has been the talk of the preseason. He was wanted by most fans to be the starting quarterback and now he is at the point that the future of his career has been questioned. It looks like he will have another year to be evaluated and if he plays good in these preseason games, it could help determine his future.

Eddie Royal – Coming off hip surgery, Royal is still looking to get back to the form of his rookie year. He is also a special teams threat for the Broncos. Hopefully he has his speed back and is utilized better in Fox’s system than he was in McDaniels.

Rahim Moore – Moore was drafted in the second round by the Broncos. He is hoping to be the start of a youth movement for the secondary that is really old. He is a ball hawk and he will probably be tested a lot so hopefully he can make a statement and get his hands on the ball whether it is interceptions or batting them down.

Cowboys:

Tyron Smith vs. Von Miller - The two rookies will battle for the rights to Tony Romo.

The two Gronks - One of Broncos TE Dan Gronkowski's brothers is the starting FullBack for the Cowboys. Chris Gronkowski is in his 2nd year.

Defense - Rob Ryan’s new defense that is still a work in progress.

Keep an eye on the rookie free agent WR Raymond Radway, who some believe has been the next best receiver in camp.

 

Broncos vs Cowboys History:

·        December 2, 1973 – Broncos vs Cowboys – 10 – 22

·        December 18, 1977 – Broncos @ Cowboys – 6 – 14

·        January 15 1978 (super bowl) – Broncos @ Cowboys – 10 – 27

·        September 14, 1980 – Broncos vs Cowboys – 41 - 20

·        October 5, 1986 – Broncos vs Cowboys – 29 – 14

·        December 6, 1992 – Broncos vs Cowboys – 27-31

·        September 10, 1995 – Broncos @ Cowboys – 21-31

·        September 13, 1998 – Broncos vs Cowboys – 42 – 23

·        November 22, 2001 – Broncos @ Cowboys – 26 – 24

·        November 24, 2005 – Broncos @ Cowboys – 24 – 21

·        October 4, 2009 – Broncos vs Cowboys – 17-10

Record – Broncos 6 Cowboys 5 (does not include pre-season) The last time these two teams met was October 4th, 2009 in Denver. The Broncos prevailed 17-10. The Broncos are 2-3 in Dallas and have beaten the Cowboys four straight times.

 

Last Season:

Broncos: 4-12. AFC West 4th

Cowboys 6-10 NFC East 3rd

2010 Season Leaders

Passing Leaders:

Broncos

Kyle Orton – 3653 yards, 20 Touchdowns, 9 Interceptions, 58.8%, 87.5 QB Rating

Cowboys

Jon Kitna – 2365 Yards, 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 65.7%, 88.9 QB Rating

Rushing

Broncos

Knowshon Moreno 779 yards, 4.3 YPC, 35 long carry, 5 touchdowns

Cowboys

Felix Jones 800 yards, 4.3 YPC, 34 long carry, 1 touchdown

Receiving

Broncos

Brandon Lloyd 77 receptions, 1,448 yards, 18.8 YPR,    71 long catch, 11 touchdowns

Cowboys

Jason Witten 94 receptions, 1002 yards, 10.7 YPR, 33 long catch, 9 touchdowns

Defense

Tackles

Broncos – D.J. Williams - 119

Cowboys Bradie James – 118

Interceptions

Broncos – Champ Bailey, Syd’Quan Thompson, Renaldo Hill - 2

Cowboys – Gerald Sensabaugh, Terrence Newman – 5

Sacks

Broncos – D.J. Williams – 5.5, Mario Haggan – 5.0

Cowboys – DeMarcus Ware – 15.5

Cowboys Offseason News

Rookie Report:

·        Tyron Smith is continuing to progress at right tackle. He has taken his lumps but he is working hard and working extra after practice…

·        WR Raymond Radway, a rookie free agent, has been the fourth-best receiver in camp behind veterans Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree

·        RB Phillip Tanner, a rookie free agent, has flashed speed, quickness and running ability, and could make practice squad..

·        Fourth-round pick David Arkin has filled in capably at right guard in place of injured Montrae Holland.

 

Injury Report: 

 

• LB Keith Brooking) (hamstring) is out for two weeks, and should be back for the second preseason game.

• RB Tashard Choice (calf) is out two weeks, and should be back for the second preseason game.

• WR Teddy Williams (hamstring) is day to day.

• C Andre Gurode(knee) is out two to four weeks after having offseason knee surgery

• LB Bruce Carter (knee) is out at least a month rehabbing a torn ACL from college. Carter had surgery last November.

• RB DeMarco Murray(hamstring) is out for two weeks. He should be back for the second preseason game.

• CB Mike Jenkins (neck) is day to day.

• CB Alan Ball (blister) is day to day.

• OG Montrae Holland (back) is day to day.

• NT Jay Ratliff (hip) is day to day.

• CB Terence Newman (groin) is out the rest of training camp and the entire preseason. He is hoping to return for the season opener.

• WR Manny Johnson (head) day to day.

 

Players Acquired 

 

• LB Mike Balogun (waivers Bills).

• DE Kenyon Coleman: FA Browns; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• S Abe Elam: UFA Browns; $2.5

• DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen (waivers Rams).

 

Players Lost 

 

• RB Marion Barber (released).

• T Alex Barron UFA Saints; terms unknown.

• WR Troy Bergeron(released).

• DE Stephen Bowen UFA Redskins; $27.5M/5 yrs, $12.5M guaranteed.

• T Robert Brewster(released).

• K Kris Brown (released).

• T Marc Colombo (released).

• G Leonard Davis (released).

• WR Sam Hurd: UFA Bears; terms unknown.

• LB Kelvin Smith(released).

• WR Roy Williams (released).

 

Broncos

Rookie Report:

·        SLB Von Miller continues to run with the first team and is starting to find his groove as a pass rusher. His first-step explosion can't be taught.

·        SS Quinton Carter has dropped on the depth chart with the return to action of Brian Dawkins but Carter should play, particularly in heavy dime and nickel packages.

·        Jeremy Beal began camp on the defensive line, but with numerous signings on the front four has been switched to linebacker. Beal could face an uphill battle to make the team.

 

Injury Report:

·        Linebacker D.J. Williams has missed all of camp other than a couple walkthrough practices with a hamstring injury. Coach John Fox said Williams has done vigorous workouts lately and it's likely Williams will be back to work fully following the first preseason game Aug. 10.

·        Defensive tackle Louis Leonard had been running with the first team at nose but a knee injury and the additions of Brodrick Bunkley and Warren have limited his time to make a more complete impression. Coach John Fox, though, had Leonard in Carolina and knows his strengths and weaknesses.

·        WR Demaryius Thomas has been a fixture at practice but remains on the non-football injury list after Achilles surgery. Thomas can be seen jogging extremely lightly and catching passes on nearby fields but remains a PUP list candidate to open the season.

 

Players Acquired

·        WR David Anderson: FA Texans; terms unknown.

·        DT Brodrick Bunkley (trade Eagles).

·        TE Daniel Fells: UFA Rams; terms unknown.

·        DE Derrick Harvey: FA Jaguars; terms unknown.

·        DE Jeremy Jarmon (trade Redskins).

·        RB Willis McGahee: FA Ravens; 4 yrs, terms unknown.

·        G Manny Ramirez: FA; terms unknown.

·        TE Dante Rosario: UFA Panthers; terms unknown.

·        DE Ty Warren: FA Patriots; $10M/2 yrs, $2.5M SB.

 

Players Lost

·        DL Justin Bannan (released).

·        RB Correll Buckhalter (released).

·        TE Dan Coats (released)

·        NT Ronald Fields: UFA Dolphins: terms unknown.

·        WR Jabar Gaffney (traded Redskins)

·        TE Daniel Graham (released).

·        T Ryan Harris: UFA Eagles; 1 yr, terms unknown.

·        S Renaldo Hill (released).

·        CB Chevis Jackson (released).

·        NT Jamal Williams (released).

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