# Broncos-Raiders: By The Numbers

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A statistical review of tonight's game.

The 9-3 AFC West Champion Denver Broncos will wrap up their season series at Oakland tonight against the 3-9 Raiders tonight at 6:30 pm MT. The Broncos (9-3) will try to improve to 5-0 in their division as they hone their postseason game plans.

BROADCAST: The NFL Network is handling tonight’s game. Brad Nessler will do the play-by-play with Mike Mayock providing the color commentary. Alex Flanagan will be reporting from the sidelines.

WEATHER: The forecast calls for partly Cloudy skies with a high of 60 and a low of 45f.

ODDS: The point spread opened at 10.5 in favor of the Broncos, but has since been reduced to 10 points with the Over/Under at 48.5.

SERIES: These two original AFL franchises have a history that dates back to October 2, 1960. The Raiders visited the Mile High city and the Broncos thrashed them properly 31-14. Their last meeting on September 30th, resulted in a 37-6 spanking (I sense a theme here). Denver is looking for their 3rd consecutive win against the men in black. The last time Denver lost in Oakland was a 39-23 defeat on December 19, 2010. These teams have met 103 times, with the Raiders holding a 59-43-2 edge. The Broncos are 22-28-2 at Home and 21-31-0 in the Black Hole.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

CB CHAMP BAILEY (33 INTs as a Bronco/199 career PDs)

• Needs one Interception to tie Tyrone Braxton (34) for the 4th-most in franchise history.
• Needs one Pass Defensed to reach 200 for his career.

WR ERIC DECKER (8 TDs in 2012)

• Needs one receiving Touchdown to set a career high (8 TDs in 2011).

DE ELVIS DUMERVIL (6 FF in 2012)

• Needs one Forced Fumble to pass Dennis Smith (6, 1989) for the most by a Bronco in a single season since the statistic was tracked beginning in 1984.

WR TRINDON HOLLIDAY (105-yd. KOR and 76-yd. PR in 2012)

• Needs one return Touchdown to become just the 3rd player in Broncos history with at least three Special-Teams return scores in a single season (Rick Upchurch, 1976; Darrien Gordon, 1997).
QB PEYTON MANNING (11 career 10-win seasons)
• Needs a victory to post his 12th career 10-win season and extend his NFL record in that category.
30 TD THROWS: MANNING and Green Bay Quarterback AARON RODGERS have thrown for 29 Touchdowns in 2012, tied for the 2nd-most behind New Orleans QB DREW BREES (31).
• Manning (six times), Brees (five) and Rodgers (two) have each recorded 30 or more Touchdown passes in multiple seasons. With at least one Touchdown pass in Week 14, Manning will join BRETT FAVRE (nine) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 30 or more Touchdown passes in 7 seasons.
LB VON MILLER (15 sacks in 2012)
• Needs two Sacks to tie DE Elvis Dumervil (17, 2009) for the most Sacks in a single season in franchise history.
RB KNOWSHON MORENO
• His best effort against Oakland came in 2009. Moreno had 21 carries for 90 yards (4.3 avg.) and 1 Touchdown.
WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 5 receptions for 103 yards in the Week 4 game vs. Oakland.

2012 TEAM COMPARISON

BRONCOS RAIDERS
Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Division Standing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1st (AFCW) . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd (AFCW)
Turnover Margin (NFL Rank) . . . . . .-3 (20th). . . . . . . . . . . . . -6 (T-22nd)
OFFENSE
Net Yards Per Game (NFL Rank) . . . .386.9 (5th). . . . . . . . . . . 361.8 (13th)
Yards Per Play (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . . 5.9 (5th). . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.5 (16th)
Points Per Game (NFL Rank) . . . . . . .29.1 (3rd) . . . . . . . . . . . . 19.6 (T-23rd)
Possession Average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29:27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29:15
Net Rushing Yards Per Game . . . . . . 103.3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82.8
Net Passing Yards Per Game . . . . . . . 283.7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278.9
Had Intercepted/Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . 9/218 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13/253
Sacks Allowed/Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16/98 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25/189
Fumbles/Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17/13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18/8
Third Down Pct. (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . 43.6% (6th) . . . . . . . . . . .33.9% (27th)
Red Zone TD Pct. (NFL Rank) . . . . . .61.36% (T-4th) . . . . . . . 41.2% (28th)
Giveaways (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . . . . . 22 (T-20th) . . . . . . . . . .21 (T-22nd)
DEFENSE
Net Yards Per Game (NFL Rank) . . . . . 308.2 (3rd) . . . . . . . . . . 387.0 (28th)
Yards Per Play (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . . . . 4.6 (3rd) . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.1 (31st)
Points Per Game (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . . 20.3 (9th) . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.3 (32nd)
Net Rushing Yards Per Game . . . . . . . . 96.4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130.4
Net Passing Yards Per Game . . . . . . . . . 211.8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256.6
Intercepted By/Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14/231 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8/81
Sacks For/Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38/258 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14/114
Opponent Fumbles/Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .18/5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12/7
Third Down Pct. (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . . .32.9% (3rd) . . . . . . . . . . 41.9% (26th)
Red Zone TD Pct. (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . . 61.8% (T-27th) . . . . . . . .63.4% (30th)
Takeaways (NFL Rank) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 (14th) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 (T-22nd)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Punts-Average Yards (Gross) . . . . . . . . .46.8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47.7
Punts-Average Yards (Net) . . . . . . . . . . 42.9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37.9
Punt Returns-Average Per . . . . . . . . . . 10.9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.6
Punt Returns-Average Per Allowed . . . 4.8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.4
Kickoff Returns-Average Per . . . . . . . . . 23.5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.6
Kickoff Returns-Average Per Allowed . . 21.1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27.0
Field Goals Made/Attempted . . . . . . . . .17/22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24/26
PENALTIES
Penalties Against/Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . 74/615 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78/646
Opponent Penalties Against/Yards . . . .91/695 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73/683

QUICK HITS
• The Broncos are AFC West Champions for a record-tying 12th time with 10 of those coming during Owner & CEO Pat Bowlen’s tenure with the team (1984-Pres.).
• In his first two seasons in his current role, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway has secured 23 of the 32 players who have started a game for Denver this year.
• Head Coach John Fox is one of just 10 coaches since the 1970 NFL merger to deliver division titles in each of his first two years with a team—and just the 3rd head coach to accomplish that feat after inheriting a team with a losing record.
• QB Peyton Manning’s 29 Touchdown passes in 2012 represent a franchise single-season record and are tied for the 2nd most in the NFL.
• WR Demaryius Thomas is tied for 4th in the NFL with 1,114 receiving yards—the 3rd-most by a Bronco through 12 games.
• LB Von Miller has registered the 2nd-most Tackles For a Loss (24) in the NFL in addition to ranking 3rd in the league in Sacks (15).

Go Broncos!

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