The Denver Broncos are now 12-3 and own the NFL’s longest active winning streak with their 10th consecutive victory, a 34-12 stomping of the Cleveland Browns. This streak ties with the second longest (1984) and is the most since the 1998 team won 13 on their way to a Lombardi Trophy. The 13-3 maxim is still alive and so are our Super Bowl hopes.
Along the way, a few team records were set or added to today. Quarterback Peyton Manning has increased a franchise record with his 34th passing Touchdown of the year.
Wide Receiver Eric Decker needed 77 receiving yards to post his first career 1,000-yard season and give the Broncos their first tandem of Wideouts to post 1,000 yard seasons since 2004 (Rod Smith, Ashley Lelie). That will just have to wait one more week. Decker did catch 2 Touchdown passes for his 10th TD catch of the season. That makes 20 career receiving touchdowns since he entered the NFL in 2010, the most receiving scores by a Bronco in his first three professional seasons (Lionel Taylor, 16).
Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas has posted a career-high 1,312 receiving yards this season to set a career high in that category to represent the 31st 1,000-yard receiving season in Broncos history. Thomas ranks second in the NFL with 17 receptions of 25+ yards. Demaryius caught 9 passes for 102 yards today, giving him six 100 yard games in 2012.
Tight End Joel Dreessen caught 3 passes for 22 yards, giving him 39 in 2012. That set a career high (36 in 2010). Joel has 341 receiving yards and 5 Touchdowns this season.
Linebacker Von Miller got 1.5 Sacks to break Elvis Dumervil’s team record (17, 2009) with a total of 17.5 with 1 game remaining. Miller is only the second player since 1994 to record at least 15 Sacks, 25 Tackles For a Loss and five Forced Fumbles in a single season.
Defensive End Elvis Dumervil got 2 Sacks himself to give him 11 on the year. It is the 3rd time that he has achieved at least 10 Sacks and marks the 20th multiple Sack effort for Elvis. Dumervil now has the seventh-most Sacks in franchise history behind Trevor Pryce (64.0).
DE/DT Derek Wolfe recorded his 5th Sack in the 4th Quarter, which is a pretty good return out of a rookie interior Lineman.
Through Week 16, Denver is undefeated when scoring at least 30 points.
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