Good morning, Broncos Country!
The Denver Broncos will look to once again make history on Sunday. It’s just a matter of what kind.
The one and only time the Broncos beat the Miami Dolphins in south Florida was 2011. That was the game that served as the point of reference to when the magic started that season. There is no such magic in the 2017 season. As a matter of fact, a win today is counterproductive for the organization. Yes, it would end the historic seven-game losing streak, the first since 1967, but it would lower where the Broncos pick in the draft.
So Denver will either extend its winning streak in Miami to two games (boo), or continue to #EmbraceTheTank and extend the losing streak to eight games. Either way, my wife and I will be in attendance. It’s the first time I will see the Broncos in a place not named Mile High.
Adam Malnati and I previewed the game on the latest Mile High Radio Podcast. The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.
The #Broncos have issues at the top, they have issues at the bottom. They are a franchise in desperate need of leadership at the top (an owner), as @AdamMalnati16 & I dig into on the @MileHighReport Radio Podcast. https://t.co/uPuZiMYMRv— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 29, 2017
Before the Broncos and Dolphins smash helmets today, let’s look back at the history. Notes are courtesy of Denver’s weekly release.
- Today is the 18th regular-season game between the Broncos and Dolphins. Denver is 5-11 against Miami — 4-4-1 at home; 1-7 on the road. The first game in the series was played on Oct. 16, 1966, in Miami with the Dolphins winning 24-7. The most recent game was played on Nov. 23, 2014, in Denver with the Broncos winning 39-36.
- The Broncos are on a current two-game winning streak against the Dolphins. That also serves as the longest in the series for Denver (2011-present). The longest winning streak for Miami is six games, Dec. 20, 1975-Oct. 13, 2002. The last Broncos win at home was that game from 2014. The last time the Dolphins won in Denver was Nov. 2, 2008, when they won 26-17.
- The one and only time the Broncos won in Miami was the last time they played in south Florida, Oct. 23, 2011, when Denver won 18-15 in overtime. The last time the Broncos lost in Miami was Sept. 11, 2005, when they lost 34-10.
- There have been shutouts in this series. The most points for Denver is 39, in the 39-36 win in 2014. The most points for the Dolphins is 38, in a 38-21 win on Sept. 13, 1999. The largest win for Denver is 10 points, a 17-7 victory on Dec. 4, 1966, in Denver. The largest margin of victory for Miami is 24, in that 34-10 win in 2005.
- The most points combined for the two teams is 75, from the 39-36 Broncos win in 2014. The fewest combined points for the two teams is also the only tie, the 10-10 game on Sept. 19, 1971, in Denver.
- The Broncos and Dolphins have played one time in the playoffs, the 38-3 beatdown Denver laid on Miami on Jan. 9, 1999, at Mile High Stadium. That game served as a bit of redemption for what happened earlier that season. It was then that Miami beat the Broncos 31-21 at Pro Player Stadium and proceeded to blow it way out of proportion and pissed Denver off. The result was what happened at Mile High in the playoffs.
- Von Miller will play in his 100th career regular-season game today. He also needs 1.5 sacks to become the first player in Broncos history to record 10, six-sack seasons. He can also can join Simon Fletcher (5, 1989-93) and Paul Smith (4, 1970-73) as the only three players in team history with four consecutive 10-sack seasons.
- Demaryius Thomas needs one receiving touchdown to pass Shannon Sharpe for second place on the franchise's all-time list behind Rod Smith (68). Thomas also needs 85 receiving yards to pass Sharpe (8,439) for second place on the franchise's all-time list.
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