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A look at Broncos-Eagles through the years

Before the two teams write the next chapter today in Philadelphia, let’s glance back at this series.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

Life for the Denver Broncos has now come full circle.

Brock Osweiler will get hist start for the team since 2015 this morning on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. If anyone saw this coming, as I said in the game preview earlier this week, head to Las Vegas and take me with you.

It’s not hyperbole to say the Broncos season hangs in the balance. Any hope Denver (3-4) has keeping its faint playoff hopes alive rests on today’s outcome against the Eagles (7-1).

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But before the two teams write the next chapter today, let’s look back at the history. Notes are courtesy of the Broncos’ weekly release.

  • Sunday marks just the 13th regular-season game between the Broncos and Eagles. Denver is 1-5 on the road and 4-2 in the Mile High City. The first game between the two teams was Oct. 31, 1971, in Philly. The Eagles won that game 17-16.
  • The last game played between the Broncos and Eagles was Sept. 29, 2013 in Denver, when the Broncos won 52-20. Denver's longest winning streak in this series is two games, Oct. 4, 1998-Oct. 30, 2005. The longest for Philly is three games, between Oct. 29, 1989-Nov. 12, 1995.
  • The last win for the Broncos at home over the Eagles was that game in 2013 when Peyton Manning and the offense dropped a 50 burger on Philly. The last time Denver lost at home to the Eagles was Oct. 29, 1989, when they won 28-24.
  • The last time the Broncos beat the Eagles in Philly, and the only time they've done so, was Sept. 21, 1986, when Denver won 33-7. The last time Denver lost to the Eagles in Philly was Dec. 27, 2009, when Philadelphia won 30-27.
  • In the Broncos and Eagles series there has been one shutout, on Sept. 20, 1992, in Philadelphia when it won 30-0. The most points for Denver is the 52 scored in the 2013 game. The most for the Eagles is 31 on Nov. 12, 1995, in Philly, when they won 31-13.
  • The largest margin of victory for the Broncos over the Eagles is 32, from the 52-20 win in 2013. The largest for Philly is 30 from the lone shutout in the series when the Eagles won 30-0 1992.
  • As you probably gathered, the most points combined for the Broncos and Eagles is 72 from the 52-20 Denver win. The fewest points combined for the two teams is 23 from the 13-10 Philly win on Sept. 18, 1983, at Mile High Stadium.
  • The key for the Broncos to beat the Eagles and get their second win in Philly is to win the turnover battle. Since 2012, Denver has won 31-straight games when it wins the turnover battle. It's the longest streak in the #NFL since Green Bay won 34 straight from 2009-13.
  • The Broncos enter Sunday's game vs the Eagles with the No. 1 defense in NFL. Denver is No. 2 against the run and No. 6 against the pass. Carolina and Minnesota are the only other two teams to rank in the top 10 in both categories.
  • Prior to the Broncos 23-10 loss to the New York Giants in Week 6, Denver had won five-straight games vs NFC East teams. A win on Sunday in Philly would improve the Broncos record to 6-1 since 2013 against the Dallas Cowboys, Eagles, Giants & Washington Redskins. Denver will play in Washington in Week 16.

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Broncos Tracks

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Eagles Tracks

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AFC West Tracks

Chargers

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Chiefs

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Raiders

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NFL Tracks

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