Buffalo Bills @ Denver Broncos Game Preview

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Team Notes

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

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

 

Buffalo Bills

Regular Season Record (all-time) : 358-406-8

Playoff Record (all-time) : 14-15 (Last appearance after 1999 season)

 Super Bowls Won: 0 out of 4 appearances

 Championships Won: 2

Passing Leader (all-time): Jim Kelly - 35,467 yards

Rushing Leader (all-time): Thurman Thomas - 11,938 yards

Receiving Leader (all-time): Andre Reed - 13,095 yards

Winningest Coach (all-time): Marv Levy - 112 wins

Quick Notes

·        The Broncos started three rookies in last week’s game against Dallas. Number two overall pick Von Miller, 46th overall pick Orlando Franklin, and 45th overall pick Rahim Moore.

·        The Broncos will host the Buffalo Bills in the seventh preseason meeting between the two original AFL charter franchises

·        Denver last played Buffalo in the preseason in 2004, dropping a 16-6 decision at Ralph Wilson Stadium

·        A total of 13 rookie college free agents are vying for a spot on Denver’s active roster.  A college

·        free agent has made Denver’s opening day 53-man roster in each of the last seven seasons

·        During the Pat Bowlen era (1984-Pres.), the Broncos own the most regular-season wins (255) in the AFC (2nd in NFL)

·        QB Tim Tebow started Denver’s final three games and finished with the highest passer rating (82.1) among the eight NFL rookies that opened a game in 2010, while registering the most rushing yards (199) over a quarterback’s first three starts in NFL history (since 1970 merger)

·        WR Eddie Royal became the fifth player in franchise history to post at least 1,000 combined yards in each of his first three NFL seasons and joins New Orleans RB Darren Sproles as the only two NFL players to record 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 2,000 return yards since 2008.

·        Champ Bailey  was named to his 10th Pro Bowl in 2010 to set an NFL record for the cornerback position, passing Hall of Famer Mike Haynes

·        Williams was the only player in the NFL to lead his team in both tackles (119) and sacks (5.5)

·        P Britton Colquitt’s six games with a 50+ yard gross average in 2010 tied for first in the NFL in that category.

Matchups/Players To Watch

Nate Jones – Nate Jones led the Broncos in tackles last week but for the wrong reasons. He gave up many catches including a touchdown. He needs a strong rebound performance.

Running back Battle – The Broncos have several running backs trying to make the cut and the odds are higher now that LenDale White was released. Jeremiah Johnson last week was explosive and hopes to raise his stock.

Kyle McCarthy – McCarthy had a strong showing last week getting a hard sack showing lots of power. He also played well in coverage. He will compete with Rahim Moore for a starting spot.

CJ Spiller – Spiller (in my opinion) was a disappointment for the Bills last season. His numbers were not impressive and he needs a rebound season to live up to the high pick he was taken at.

Shawn Merriman -  Shawn Merriman is trying to revive his career in Buffalo. He was always a Broncos killer and the Bills hope he can re-gain his Charger form.

Marcell Dareus – The Broncos passed on Dareus in the draft. Dareus vowed revenge and this will be the start along with the regular season matchup. He will also be  a good test for our new running game.

Broncos vs Bills History

                                                                                                                             Bills     Broncos

·        September 18, 1960     w          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                    21            27       

·        November 27, 1960       L         Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                   38            38           

·        September 10, 1961      W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                    10             22       

·        November 19, 1961       L         Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                   23            10       

·        September 15, 1962      W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                    20            23       

·        October 28, 1962          L       Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                    45            38       

·        November 3, 1963         L         Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                   30            28       

·        November 9, 1963         L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                    27            17       

·        September 20, 1964      L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                   30            13       

·        December 13, 1964       L         Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                  30            19       

·        September 19, 1965      L         Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                  30            15       

·        October 24, 1965           L        Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                    31            13       

·        December 18, 1966       L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                   38            21       

·        October 8, 1967            L         Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                    17           16       

·        November 19, 1967       W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                   20            21       

·        November 24, 1968       W          Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                   32            34       

·        September 28, 1969      L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                    41            28       

·        September 20, 1970      W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                   10            25       

·        October 5, 1975           L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                     38             14       

·        September 25, 1977      W          Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos                  6             26       

·        December 2, 1979         W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                   16            19       

·        October 25, 1981          L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                    9               7         

·        October 21, 1984          W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                   7             37       

·        November 8, 1987         L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                 21            14       

·        September 18, 1989      W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                14            28       

·        September 30, 1990      L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos               29            28       

·        January 12, 1992          L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                10             7         

·        December 12, 1992       L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos             27            17       

·        September 26, 1994      L         Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos              27            20       

·        September 3, 1995        W          Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos              7             22       

·        October 26, 1997          W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos                 20            23       

·        September 22, 2002      W          Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos              23            28       

·        December 17, 2005       W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos               17            28       

·        September 9, 2007        W          Buffalo Bills                  Denver Broncos               14            15       

·        December 21, 2008       L         Buffalo Bills      @         Denver Broncos              30            23

Broncos Record vs Bills: 15-20-1

Last Season

Broncos – 4-12 AFC West

Bills – 4-12 AFC East

 

Passing Leaders:

Broncos

Kyle Orton – 3653 yards, 20 Touchdowns, 9 Interceptions, 58.8%, 87.7 QB Rating

Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick – 3000 Yards, 23 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 57.8%, 81.8 QB Rating

Rushing

Broncos

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

Bills

Fred Jackson 800 yards, 4.2 YPC, 39 long carry, 5 touchdowns

Receiving

Broncos

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

Bills

Stevie Johnson 82 receptions, 1073 yards, 13.1 YPR, 45 long catch, 10 touchdowns

Defense

Tackles

Broncos – D.J. Williams - 119

Bills Paul Posluszny - 151

Interceptions

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

Bills – Drayton Florence – 3

Sacks

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

Bills – Kyle Williams – 5.5

Last Week

            Broncos vs Cowboys                                                               Bills vs Chicago

PASSING YARDS

Quinn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120                                                    L. Brown . . . . . . . . . . . .53

Tebow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..91                                                  Fitzpatrick . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Orton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37                                                  B. Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

RUSHING YARDS

Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28                                                    Nesbitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Moreno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23                                                   Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

McGahee . . . . . . . . . . . . .17                                                    B. Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

RECEIVING YARDS

Willis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50                                                  Roosevelt . . . . . . . . . . .26

Riley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43                                                   Huggins . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Anderson . . . . . . . . . . . . .38                                                    Spiller . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

INTERCEPTIONS

Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1                                                  Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

SACKS

Hunter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.0                                                   Merriman . . . . . . . . . . .2.0

McCarthy . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.0                                                   Batten . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.0

TACKLES

Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7                                                   Dotson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Kelley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7                                                   Six players . . . . . . . . . . .3

Vaughn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Transactions This Week

Broncos

Players Acquired

·        DT Demario Pressley, off waivers from Colts

·        LB Alvin Bowen, from waivers from Jaguars

 

Players Lost

·        RB LenDale White (released)

·        DT Louis Leonard (released)

·        LB Derek Domino (released)

 

 

Bills

Players Acquired:

None

Players Lost:

Aaron Maybin (waived)

Lee Evans (traded to Ravens)

Team Reports

BUFFALO BILLS

Rookie Report:

No. 1 pick Marcell Dareus recorded a sack in his Bills debut, hauling down Jay Cutler, the most sacked QB in the NFL last year, in Saturday's 10-3 loss to the Bears.

CB Aaron Williams made a spectacular leaping interception against the Bears near his goal-line.  

LB Kelvin Sheppard continues to nurse a hamstring injury suffered early in camp.

SS Da'Norris Searcy had a tackle against the Bears.

Injury Report:

 

Shawne Merriman will miss Saturday's game at Denver to rest a sore right knee. 

WR/PR Roscoe Parrish will also sit out after missing a week of practice due to a leg injury.

Head coach Chan Gailey officially ruled Merriman and Roscoe Parrish out for Saturday’s game.

LB Kelvin Sheppard did not play last Saturday in Chicago due to a lingering hamstring injury. He did not practice on Thursday and is Doubtful against Denver. 

TE Shawn Nelson also missed Saturday's game with a muscle pull. He did not participate on Thursday and is Doubtful.

Other players who did not participate on Thursday were CB Justin Rogers, DE  Kellen Heard, RT Chris Hairston, WR Craig "Buster" Davis and LB Chris White. They are Questionable

DT Torell Troup, who broke his hand in practice last Monday, played against the Bears with a soft cast and heavy wrap. Troup has a cracked bone and what he's able to do in practice will be closely monitored. List him as Probable

BRONCOS

Coach Fox named game captains for tomorrow's game vs. Buffalo: Offense - Lloyd, Clady; Defense - Bailey, Williams; Special Teams - Royal. The team has yet to vote on captains for the entire season.

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos starters will play into the 2nd quarter, but likely not the whole 1st half,against Buffalo.

Rookie Report:

The biggest rookie surprise during the first 2 weeks of training camp continues to be TE Julius Thomas, who is consistently running with the starters in two tight end formations along with Daniel Fells.

Three other 1st-day draft picks have continued on their path to jobs with the starting groups: No. 2 overall selection Von Miller at strong-side linebacker; Rahim Moore, the 2nd-round safety out of UCLA, and Orlando Franklin, the 2nd-round right tackle from Miami.

MLB Nate Irving has been battling an ankle injury that has impeded his training camp progress. Irving was the last rookie to sign, missing two days, and even before the current ailment had dropped to 3rd string behind Joe Mays and Mario Haggan. Braxton Kelley was getting 3rd-team reps in Irving's absence, which included the preseason opener.

Safety Quinton Carter from Oklahoma and Mohamed, 4th- and 6th-round selections, respectively, appear on a path to make the roster in reserve roles.

Denver's two 7th-round picks, Tight end Virgil Green out of Nevada and DE Jeremy Beal from Oklahoma, are buried down the depth chart and are currently longshots to make the 53-man cutdown.

Injury Report:

Safety Brian Dawkins and WR Brandon Lloyd both participated in practice on Friday and will play against Buffalo.

DT Ronnell Brown (ankle sprain) participated in Friday's walk-through practice. Consider him Probable.

DR Ty Warren (tricep), Marcus Thomas (pectoral), WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles), TE Richard Quinn (knee) and Stanley Daniels (ankle) are Out.


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