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Old 11-10-2009, 02:24 PM   #1
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Aiming for a Win in Washington

By Patrick Smyth
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BRONCOS BEGIN SECOND HALF OF REGULAR SEASON WITH VISIT TO WASHINGTON

The Denver Broncos, who are 6-2 at the halfway point of the season for the third time in the last five years, begin the second part of their 2009 campaign on the road Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Kickoff at FedEx Field is set for 1 p.m. EST.

QUICKLY:

•The Broncos held a 10-7 lead in the third quarter against Pittsburgh last week on Monday Night Football before the Steelers pulled away for a 28-10 victory.
•Denver’s current roster features 32 players in their first season with the club (58.2 percent of its roster including reserve lists). The Broncos’ 28 new players on its opening game 53-man roster tied for the sixth most in the league since 1994.
•Head Coach Josh McDaniels was named the head coach on Pro Football Weekly’s and Peter King’s (Sports Illustrated) midseason All-Pro teams.
OFFENSE:

•WR Brandon Marshall set a Broncos Monday Night Football record with a season-best 11 receptions (112 yds.) against Pittsburgh. His effort against the Steelers marked his seventh 10-catch game and eighth 100-yard receiving performance in the last three years.
•C Casey Wiegmann has played every possible offensive snap (8,546) dating back to 2001 for the longest such streak in the NFL.
•On pace to set or tie personal bests for a season in every major passing category, QB Kyle Orton owns the sixth-best career winning percentage (.659 / 27-14) by an active passer in the NFL.
DEFENSE:

•Coached by long-time NFL defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, the Broncos rank third in the NFL in yards per play allowed (4.7), yards per game allowed (280.3) and points per game allowed (15.5).
•OLB/DE Elvis Dumervil is tied for the NFL lead with an AFC-best 10.5 sacks. Since he entered the NFL in 2006, his 36.5 sacks lead his conference.
•With the signing of five-time Pro Bowl CB Ty Law on Nov. 7, the Broncos’ secondary features three players with a combined 20 Pro Bowl selections (CB Champ Bailey-8, S Brian Dawkins-7).
SPECIAL TEAMS:

•LS Lonie Paxton enters Sunday’s game having appeared in 99 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs). He joined the Broncos in the offseason after spending the previous nine years with New England.
•ILB/FB Spencer Larsen has registered two special-teams tackles in each of Denver’s previous two games after missing the club’s first six contests due to an injury.
TELEVISION AND RADIO INFORMATION:
TELEVISION: KCNC-TV (CBS 4): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (color commentary) will call the game. LOCAL RADIO: KOA Radio (850 AM): Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Jack Corrigan (color commentary) will call the game with Alan Roach reporting from the sidelines.LOCAL SPANISH RADIO: KBNO Radio (1280 AM): Fernando Sergio (play-by-play) and Yuri Vasquez (color commentary) will call the game.

BRONCOS VS. REDSKINS — POINTS OF INTEREST
The Broncos are one of eight original American Football League teams celebrating their 50th season in 2009... Denver’s 409 overall wins are second among all original AFL teams and rank seventh among all clubs since 1960... During the Pat Bowlen era (1984-Pres.), the Broncos have won more regular-season games (249) than any team in the NFL... The Broncos are 6-4 all-time against the Redskins in the regular season and last played them in 2005 (21-19 home win)... Denver, which also faced the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII during the 1987 season, is making its first visit to Washington since 1998 (38-16 win)... The Broncos will be playing their second game against an NFL East club this season (defeated Dallas on Oct. 4)... Head Coach Josh McDaniels guided Denver to a 6-0 record to begin the year, a start that tied for the third best by a rookie NFL head coach since 1930... He joined Red Miller (1977) as one of two Broncos coaches to win their first six games with the club... Including players on reserve lists, the Broncos’ current roster features 32 new players (58.2% of roster / 32-of-55)... The Broncos signed 12 of the 48 unrestricted free agents (25.0%) who changed teams during the first week in free agency in 2009, and those players have combined to make 28.4% (50-of-176) of the club’s starts this season... Offensively, the Broncos have posted eight touchdown drives of at least 70 yards—Denver’s 26 scoring drives (13 TDs, 13 FGs) average 7.9 plays and 59.0 yards... QB Kyle Orton is 9-3 in his last 12 starts dating back to 2008 for a .750 winning percentage that ties for third in the NFL... His 27-14 (.659) career record as a starter ranks sixth among active passers... Orton is third in the NFL in interception percentage (1.5 / 4-of-269)... WR Brandon Marshall is third in the NFL in receptions (250) and ranks sixth in the league in receiving yards (3,058) since 2007—He is looking to become the third player in NFL history to post three consecutive 100-catch seasons... Marshall’s 1,143 yards after the catch since 2007 are the second most in the league... RB Knowshon Moreno leads league rookies in rushing (423 yds.)— He is the only rookie in the league with at least one rushing (2) and receiving score (1)... RB Correll Buckhalter is fourth in the NFL in yards per rush (5.5 / 64-353, 1 TD)... C Casey Wiegmann, a Pro Bowl selection last year, has started 135 consecutive games for the second-longest active start streak in the NFL among OLs (longest among centers)... LT Ryan Clady was the only consensus selection among offensive linemen named to Pro Football Weekly’s 2009 Midseason All-Pro Team... Mike Nolan was hired by Denver as its defensive coordinator in the offseason after spending the last four years as San Francisco’s head coach... In his 11 years as an NFL defensive coordinator, Nolan’s defenses have averaged 32.3 takeaways a season and posted seven top-10 NFL rankings in turnovers... The Broncos are third in the league in yards per game allowed (280.3), yards per play allowed (4.7) and points per game allowed (15.5)... OLB/DE Elvis Dumervil, who is tied for the NFL lead with 10.5 sacks on the season, leads the league in sacks on third downs (7.5)... He has helped Denver total the third-most sacks (26) in the league... ILB D.J. Williams leads Denver with 62 tackles (48 solo)—He is third in the NFL in tackles per game (8.5) since 2007... CB Champ Bailey, who returns to Washington for the first time since spending his initial five pro seasons (1999-2003) with the club, has posted the most interceptions in the NFL (44) among cornerbacks since entering the league in 1999... Bailey is tied for the second-most Pro Bowls (8) at cornerback in NFL history while S Brian Dawkins ranks fourth in league annals in Pro Bowls (7) at safety... CB Ty Law, who was signed by Denver on Nov. 7, is a five-time Pro Bowl choice whose 58 overall interceptions (52 regular season, 6 postseason) tie for 16th in NFL history... Against San Diego on Oct. 19, WR Eddie Royal became only the 11th player in NFL history (second Bronco) to score a touchdown on a kickoff and punt return in the same game—He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts... Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer has now coached units in the NFL that have totaled 14 blocked kicks and nine return touchdowns in eight seasons as a special teams coach... S Darcel McBath, a rookie from Texas Tech, leads the Broncos with eight special-teams tackles... P Mitch Berger, a 16-year NFL veteran and two-time Pro Bowl choice, ranks fifth in the league in net punting average (36.6 yds.) since 1999 among active players (min. 500 punts), and his 811 career punts are the fifth-highest total among current players.

DENVER TIED FOR SIXTH IN THE NFL IN TURNOVER RATIO, FEWEST GIVEAWAYS

Through eight games, the Broncos rank third in the AFC (T-6th in NFL) with a +5 turnover ratio, posting 14 takeaways (7 INTs, 7 FUM) and nine giveaways (4 INTs, 5 FUM).

The Broncos’ nine giveaways also tie for the fourth-lowest total in the AFC (T-6th in NFL), and they have turned the ball over once or fewer in six of eight contests.

The Broncos enter Sunday’s game against Washington on a nine-game winning streak when posting a positive turnover ratio (dates back to their 2007 season finale).

OFFENSES MUST OBEY THE LAW

Cornerback Ty Law, who was signed by Denver on Nov. 7, is a five-time Pro Bowl choice who is tied for 16th in NFL history in overall interceptions with 58. The 15th-year veteran has posted 52 interceptions in the regular season and six in the postseason.

Law, who has played for New England (1995-2004), the N.Y. Jets (2005,‘08) and Kansas City (2006-07), leads all cornerbacks and is second among active players in interceptions.

ROYAL AMONG PUNT RETURN LEADERS

Helped by his 71-yard punt return at San Diego on Oct. 19, Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal ranks sixth in the NFL in punt return average (11.6 yds., 17-198).

Since he entered the NFL in 2008, Royal’s 10.9-yard punt return average is the 10th best in the league.

NOTES FROM DENVER’S LAST FIVE GAMES VS. WASHINGTON

at DENVER 21, WASHINGTON 19 (Oct. 9, 2005)
Denver seals its 21-19 win over Washington when Broncos LB Ian Gold breaks up a pass on a Redskins two-point conversion attempt with 1:09 remaining in the game... Broncos DE Trevor Pryce blocks a 38-yard fieldgoal attempt in the third quarter.

WASHINGTON 17, at DENVER 10 (Nov. 18, 2001)
The Broncos take a 10-0 lead late in the second quarter before Washington scores 17 unanswered points to claim the 17-10 victory… The Broncos’ defense forces five fumbles and recovers three.

DENVER 38, at WASHINGTON 16 (Sept. 27, 1998)
Denver scores the game’s first 17 points, including a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown by CB Darrien Gordon, en route to a 38-16 road victory over Washington... Broncos RB Terrell Davis records 119 yards on 21 carries (5.7 avg.), including a 42-yard scoring run.

at DENVER 38, WASHINGTON 31 (Sept. 17, 1995)
Denver (24) and Washington (14) combine to score 38 points in the second quarter... Denver QB John Elway completes 30-of-47 (63.8%) passes for 327 yards with two touchdowns.

at WASHINGTON 34, DENVER 3 (Oct. 12, 1992)
The Broncos suffer a 31-point loss to Washington on Monday Night Football... Broncos TE Shannon Sharpe hauls in nine passes for 71 yards.

BRONCOS/REDSKINS CONNECTIONS

Former Broncos: WAS RB Clinton Portis (2002-03)... Former Redskins: DEN DC Mike Nolan (1997-99)... DEN CB Champ Bailey (1999-2003)... DEN WR Brandon Lloyd (2006-07)... From Denver Area: WAS TE Coach Scott Wachenheim: played at Air Force (1980-83)... WAS S Reed Doughty (Johnstown, Colo.): Northern Colorado (2001-05); Roosevelt High School... From D.C. Area: Nolan: born in Baltimore, Md.... DEN WR Eddie Royal (Chantily, Va.): Virginia Tech (2004-07); Westfield High School... DEN RB LaMont Jordan (Forestville, Md.): Maryland (1997-2000); Suitland High School... High School Connections: Lloyd/WAS RB Ladell Betts: Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Mo. (1995-97)... College Connections: DEN Head Coach Josh McDaniels/WAS LB London Fletcher: played at John Carroll (1995-97)... DEN WRs Coach Adam Gase/WAS WRs Coach Stan Hixon: Louisiana State (2000-01)... DEN ILB D.J. Williams/WAS LB Rocky McIntosh: Miami (2001-03)... Williams/Portis: Miami (2000-01)... DEN G/C Ben Hamilton/WAS Head Coach Jim Zorn: Minnesota (1996)... DEN QB Chris Simms/WAS G Derrick Dockery: Texas (1999-2002)... DEN CB Ty Law/WAS QB Todd Collins: Michigan (1992-94)... NFL Connections: Nolan: WAS DE Andre Carter (SF 2005)... DEN Secondary Coach Ed Donatell: WAS CB DeAngelo Hall (ATL 2004-06)... DEN C Casey Wiegmann: Collins (KC 2001-05)... DEN OLB/DE Mario Haggan: Fletcher (BUF 2003-05)... DEN DL Ronald Fields: Carter (SF 2005).
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:46 PM   #2
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Okay. The first half is over. We're 6 and 2. Take a deep breath and let's GO BRONCOS! 6 and 2 in the second half would work just fine.
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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Okay. The first half is over. We're 6 and 2. Take a deep breath and let's GO BRONCOS! 6 and 2 in the second half would work just fine.
I'll take that as well but they need to find a way to open things up on offense and shore things up on defense
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Hey guys I think its a fore gone conclusion if the Offense can't move the ball thru the air and on the ground w/enough consistency to score points and give the defense a rest, we could see a slide of epic proportions. I think the game against the Wash. will be a test on whether Denver will finish the season with 6 to 8 loses. The defense will show up and play like pitt bulls in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd qtrs, however, if McD and Orton can't devise and execute the offense, we could be in for an ugly disappointing 2nd half of the season.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:16 PM   #5
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Seriously.....a slide. We just played probably the 2 best defenses in back 2 back weeks and were talking about a slide. Did anyone really think we were going 16-0. Please take a breath and relax this team is going to be fine.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:22 PM   #6
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I'm sure Eddie is looking forward to seeing DeAngelo Hall again

I'm worried about Haynesworth vs Hamilton. Will it be worse than Wilfork?
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:22 PM   #7
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I was really happy to see Goodman come up with a big play in this last game. I thought he had a very shaky game against Baltimore, but against Pittsburgh, he didn't seem like such a liability as he did the week before.
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I'll take that as well but they need to find a way to open things up on offense and shore things up on defense
agree on offense, defense is playing fine. they make key stops in the first half, if offense can get a score or two in first half, opposing team is playing from behind - easy win for our defense.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:32 PM   #9
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Good news is Redskins offense is worse then KC's. So if we score 10 points we win.
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This game reminds me of when we played the Lions a few years ago..Going to there place, early game, predicted to win..I hope we come to play off a short week and a big loss on MNF.
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