In the Red Zone: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots Preview – Week 12

In the Red Zone

This Week

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots

The New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA on Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

The Broncos - The Patriots
Overall Record 9-1 Overall Record 7-3
Road Record 3-1 Home Record 5-0
AFC East 0-0 AFC West 0-0
AFC 5-1 AFC 4-2

Gene Steratore is the referee for the game.

The Line/Prediction

As of Thursday the line on the game from Sports Betting via Yahoo Sports has the Patriots at PLUS 2.5.  The over/under is 54.

My Prediction is Broncos 34, Patriots, 27.  Give the points (Broncos) and take the over.  I am 3-7 against the spread and 4 of 10 on calling the over/under in 2013.

Tickets

The Patriots are reporting the game as a sell out. It is the 213th consecutive sell out dating back to the 1994 season opener.  The record includes preseason, regular season and playoff games.

Tickets to the game, if available, can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  You can check the availability here.

After market tickets are available through the Official Patriots Ticket Exchange where season ticket holders can sell their unused seats to fans on the season ticket waiting list.

Getting to the Game

If you’re lucky enough to be going to the game in Foxboro make sure you check out the links.

Here is the up to date weather forecast from the Weather Channel for Foxboro MA.

Click for all the game day information including stadium directions, parking information and map and a Gillette Stadium seating chart.

Tailgating

Here’s a bunch of different tailgating recipes from Tailgating.com.  There’s something there for everyone and every type of meal or snack.  I’ve tried some of the recipes and they’re very good. 

And with tailgating many people enjoy some adult beverages.  With that in mind check out Drink Nation for how to make all sorts of great drinks.  You can look things up by name, ingredient(s) or theme.

Whether it’s at the game, a bar or a friend’s house moderation is always the key to a great time.  Please don’t drink and drive and designate a sober driver.  Remember drive sober or get pulled over.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television

NBC is televising the game nationally and Al Michaels will do play by play while Cris Collinsworth will provide the game analysis and Michele Tafoya will work the sidelines.

There is no DirecTV designation as the game is broadcast nationally.

Here are all the rules on NFL TV broadcasts including explaining the blackout rules; flex scheduling and commercial breaks.

Radio

The Patriots Radio Network broadcasts the game from flagship station WBZ-FM, 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston. Bob Socci handles the play-by-play and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak will do game analysis. It all starts with Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m. on the network. The post game starts after the final gun and continues for three hours along the network.

The Patriots Radio Network call is available on Sirius Channel 93, XM Channel 226 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 818.

The Broncos Radio Network has former Broncos players Dave Logan calling the play by play and Ed McCaffrey does the color via their flagship station 850 KOA AM and KRFX 103.5 FM. 

Their call is available on Sirius Channel 92, XM Channel 225 and on SiriusXM Internet Channel 809.

The game will be carried nationally by Westwood One with Kevin Kugler doing play by play and James Lofton covering the game analysis.

Their call is available on Sirius Channel 85, XM Channel 227 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 960.

Patriots All Access

Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in depth features on the team.  It’s hosted by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV (Boston) and airs weekly in most New England television markets.

  • Boston MA on TV 38 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Providence RI on WNAC Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Manchester NH on WMUR Saturday at midnight
  • Portland ME on WMTW Saturday at 5 a.m.
  • Hartford CT on WCTX Saturday at 5 p.m.
  • Springfield MA on WFXQ Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Bangor ME on WVII Sunday at 11 a.m.

You can also watch it anytime on the teams website in the media section.

Last Week

The Patriots lost to the Panthers, 24-20 on the road. The Broncos at home handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season, 27-20.

History

  • This is the 47th meeting between the two teams.
  • Denver leads the regular season series 25-18.
  • Broncos also hold the post season series lead, 2-1 for an overall record vs. New England of 27-19.
  • This is the fourth meeting since December 2011 and the Patriots have won those three previous games.
  • Patriots won the last meeting in 2012, 31-21 in Foxboro.

Patriots Team Notes

New England PatriotsHere is the Patriots roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2013 Patriots Schedule/Results

The Patriots overall franchise record is 433-372-9.  They have won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) in seven appearances.  Overall they are 24-17 in the post season.

They last appeared in the playoffs in 2012 when they beat Houston in the AFC Divisional Round 41-28 and lost to Baltimore 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots were 12-4 (1-1 in playoffs) in 2012 and are the defending four-time AFC East Champions.  They have won the division 10 times and the conference 5 times since 2000.

Second consecutive week both teams are on in primetime.  This is the third season in a row New England has had back-to-back primetime games.

Patriots are 19-16 on SNF. They are 11-6 as the home team (6-4 at Gillette Stadium).

Since 2000 the Patriots have a winning record against 30 of the 31 teams in the NFL Denver remains the only team that does not trail in the season series against New England in the Belichick era.  The Broncos are 5-5 vs. the Patriots in that time span.

New England is the only NFL team to finish .500 or better in each of the last 12 seasons.

Since 2003 the Patriots have the NFL’s best record at 133-37.  The Indianapolis Colts are second 14 games behind.

Since November 2001 the Patriots are a NFL best 36-14 in November games.

Since 2010 the Patriots are 24-2 in the second half of the season.

Since 2000 under Belichick the team is 84-22 in the second half.

The Patriots streak of 36 consecutive games with a turnover ended on Monday night in Carolina.

Since 1994 the Patriots are PLUS 154 in turnover differential best in the NFL by a wide margin.  Kansas City is 2nd at PLUS 93 and Green Bay is 3rd at PLUS 72.

New England is PLUS 7 in turnover differential 3rd in the NFL.  They have 12 INT’s and have recovered 7 fumbles while they have thrown 7 INT’s and lost 5 fumbles.

The Patriots are 8th in points scored averaging 25.4 points per game and are tied for 7th in fewest points allowed with 19.9 points per game.

Patriots led the NFL in 2012 in:

  • Points, 557
  • First downs, 444
  • Touchdowns, 67
  • Total yards, 6,846
  • Turnover differential, +25
  • Total offense, 427.9 yards per game
  • Points per game, 34.8

New England set the following team records in 2012:

  • First downs, 444 (NFL record).
  • Fewest fumbles, 7

This is the 20th season of Patriots ownership by the Kraft family.  Since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994 they:

  • Have the most Super Bowl wins, 3.
  • Have the most regular season wins, 212.
  • Have the most wins including playoffs, 232.
  • Have the most conference titles, 6.
  • Have the most division titles, 12.
  • Have the most playoff wins, 20
  • Have played the most playoff games, 31.
  • Are tied for the most playoff seasons, 14.
  • The fewest head coaches within the division, 3.
  • Have drafted the most Pro Bowl players, 20.

From 1960 to 1993 the New England/Boston Patriots won a total of 225 games.  In the 20 years the Kraft family has owned the team they have now won 232 games including the three biggest in franchise history.

Patriots Staff Notes

This is the link to head coach Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference on the Broncos.

Bill Belichick is 6-10 vs. the Broncos overall in his career.  He is 6-6 as the head coach in New England including 1-1 in the playoffs.

Overall in his NFL career Belichick is 194-104 in his 19th NFL season as a head coach.  He is 158-60 with New England and 36-44 with Cleveland.  He is 18-8 in the playoffs, 17-7 as head coach of the Patriots in the post season.  When you combine his regular season and post season records he is 212-112.

Belichick’s 212 wins are good for 5th all-time.

He has won 5 conference titles; he needs one more to tied Don Shula’s record of 6.

He is the first head coach to have had 4 teams that scored at least 500 points in a season.

Belichick is one of five head coaches in NFL history whose father (Steve Belichick) played in the league.  The others are former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley (Dick Haley), former San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan (Dick Nolan), former Cincinnati head coach David Shula (Don Shula) and former NY Jets head coach Joe Walton (Frank Walton).

Belichick is one of just four coaches to win three Super Bowls, joining Chuck Noll (4), Joe Gibbs (3) and Bill Walsh (3).  Those men are all in the Hall of Fame.

He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championship titles in four seasons.

No coach either as the head coach or an assistant has appeared in more Super Bowls than Belichick who has been to 8 (five as a head coach).

He is the only coach in NFL history to have led his team to 10+ wins in 10 consecutive seasons.

He has been NFL Coach of the Year three times; he and Chuck Knox are the only three time winners, while Don Shula won four times.

Only one of three coaches in NFL history with 100 more wins than loses joining Don Shula and George Halas.

Belichick spent one season in Denver as an assistant special teams coach in 1978 under Red Miller.

Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels was the Broncos head coach in 2009 and 2010 and compiled an 11-17 record.

Special Teams Coach Scott O’Brien was the Denver Special Teams Coordinator in 2007 and 2008.

Patriots Possible Starters

Offense:

  • LT: Solder
  • LG: Mankins
  • C: Wendell
  • RG: Connolly
  • RT: Cannon
  • TE: Gronkowski
  • WR: Edelman
  • WR: Dobson
  • WR: Amendola
  • QB: Brady
  • RB: Vereen

Defense:

  • DE: Vellano
  • DT: Chr. Jones
  • DT: Sopoaga
  • DE: Cha. Jones
  • LB: Ninkovich
  • LB: Spikes
  • LB: Hightower
  • LCB: Ryan
  • RCB: Arrington
  • S: Harmon
  • S: McCourty

Patriots Players Notes

Tom Brady Notes:

  • This is his 14th NFL season he is 4-6 vs. the Broncos in his career including 1-1 in the playoffs. He is 80-13 at home in the regular season.
  • Overall he is 143-42 as a starting QB and is 17-7 in the playoffs for an overall record of 160-49.  He is an 8 time Pro Bowl QB; 3 time All-Pro selection; two time NFL MVP and has won 3 Super Bowls while twice being named the games MVP.  He is also listed as the 21st Greatest Player in the History of the NFL according to the NFL Network.
  • Has an 11-8 record on SNF.
  • When the Patriots put up 55 points on Pittsburgh in Week 9 it marked the 6th 50-point game of Brady’s career tying the NFL record of Len Dawson.
  • He is the only QB in any era to have 100 more wins than losses at anytime in their career.
  • Brady has led New England to 10 Division titles, most by any QB in NFL history.
  • With his Week 6 comeback win over New Orleans he now has 38 wins in his career (31 in the regular season and 7 in the playoffs) in which the team was trailing or tied in the fourth quarter.  It was the second time this season he also turned the trick at Buffalo in Week 1.  In 28 of the 38 comeback wins the team was losing in the fourth quarter.
  • 348 TD passes in his career makes him 5th in NFL history two behind New Orleans QB Drew Brees
  • Was the 5th NFL QB with 340 or more TD passes in his career.
  • Has 7 games with two 50+ yard TD passes in his career.
  • 143 career wins are 5th all-time.  Dan Marino is 4th with 147.
  • Is only 5th NFL QB to have achieved 140 regular season wins joining Peyton Manning, John Elway, Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
  • He had 30+ TD passes for the 3rd consecutive season and is just the fifth player to have four or more 30+ TD pass seasons.
  • He has thrown for 2 or more TD’s in 111 games; the team’s record is 95-16.
  • Has thrown TD passes to 50 different players in his career.
  • Tied Drew Brees for most 4 TD 0 INT games in his career with 15 after doing it against Pittsburgh Week 9.
  • In Week 11 made his 185th start under Bill Belichick the most for one QB/coach combo in NFL History.

Rob Gronkowski notes:

  • In 4 games he has 24 catches for 343-yards and 2 TD’s.
  • Caught his 200th career pass Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Set franchise record with his 11th 100-yard game Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Has 40 touchdown receptions from Tom Brady has the team record for the most touchdown receptions from Brady.
  • Has 40 touchdown receptions in 46 career games and became the fastest TE to 40 touchdown receptions.  Antonio Gates from San Diego previously held the record, reaching 40 touchdown receptions in 71 games.
  • Caught his 40th TD pass in Week 11 at Carolina.
  • His 40 TD catches put him 5th all-time on franchise list.  Gino Cappelletti is 4th with 42 TD catches.

Danny Amendola notes:

  • Had his 2nd 100-yard game as a Patriot vs. Pittsburgh in Week 9 it was the third of his career.  Also went over 100-yard in Week 1 win at Buffalo.
  • Caught his first TD pass from Tom Brady in week 9 win over Pittsburgh.
  • Has missed 4 games in 2013 due to injuries (groin, 3 and concussion, 1).

Julian Edelman notes:

  • Had a 43-yard punt return vs. Pittsburgh Week 9 it was the 10th punt return of 30 yards or more in his career.  That ranks third in team history.
  • With 1 more punt return for a TD he will set a new team record.  He is tied at 3 with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown.
  • He had his second career 100-yard game at Atlanta when he had a career high 118-yards on 7 catches.
  • Leads the team with 52 catches for 500 yards.  He had just 21 catches in 2012.

Stevan Ridley notes:

  • Had his 4th 2-TD game of his career against Pittsburgh in Week 9.
  • Leads the team with 562 rushing yards in 9 games.
  • Has team lead in TD’s with 7.
  • Has a rushing TD in 5 consecutive games.
  • Has 13 runs of 20 or more yards in his career and with one more will have the most on the team since 2000.  He is currently tied with Antwain Smith and Corey Dillon for the most in that time span.

Shane Vereen notes:

  • Returned to action Week 1 at Carolina after breaking wrist Week 1 at Buffalo.
  • Had career high 8 catches in Week 11 at Carolina breaking his previous mark of 7 set Week 1 at Buffalo.

Stephen Gostkowski notes:

  • He is the most accurate kicker by percentage in team history at 85.5% (194 0f 227).
  • Has scored at least 1 point in 101 consecutive games and tied Adam Vinatieri and John Smith for the team record of 101 consecutive games with a point.
  • He has made 19 consecutive field goals; the team record is 23 set by Adam Viniateri.
  • He is 3rd in team history in points with 963 trailing only Gino Cappelletti (1,130) and Adam Vinatieri (1,158).
  • Set team record with his 9th career field goal of 50+ yards against the Saints in Week 6.
  • Has made 10 field goals of 40 or more yards in 2013.
  • His field goal against Buffalo was only the second game winner in his career.
  • The 54-yard field goal against New Orleans set a new career long.

Rob Ninkovich notes:

  • Forced a fumble in Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh. It was his second this season and is tied for team lead with DB Kyle Arrington and S Devin McCourty.
  • Forced 5 fumbles in 2012 to tie a team record with LB Brandon Spikes.
  • Has 11 fumble recoveries since 2010 the most in the NFL in that span.
  • Leads the team with 2 fumble recoveries.

Joe Vellano notes:

  • Rookie made his first NFL start Week 5 at Cincinnati.
  • Has 37 tackles (24 solo) so far this season.
  • Registered his first NFL sack Week 4 at Atlanta.
  • Recovered his first fumble in the NFL Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • One of four father-son combo’s to be named All-American’s from the same Division 1 school.  The Chicago Bears drafted his father Paul in 1974.

Chris Jones notes:

  • Rookie had his first NFL sack Week 5 at Cincinnati.
  • Made first NFL start Week 6 vs. New Orleans and had 3 tackles.
  • Leads all NFL rookies with 5 sacks.

Brandon Spikes notes:

  • Leads the team in tackles made with 91 (54 solo).
  • Had team high 22 tackles against Cincinnati.  It was a career high for Spikes.
  • He had career high 128 tackles in 2012 including 6 games with 10 or more tackles.

Chandler Jones notes:

  • Leads the team in sacks with 9.5 and QB hits with 17.
  • Tied Willie McGinnest for 3rd most sacks in franchise history in first two seasons.
  • Blocked his first NFL field goal attempt Week 8 vs. Miami.
  • He forced 3 fumbles on sacks in 2012.

Aqib Talib notes:

  • Leads the team with 4 INT’s and 11 passes defensed.
  • Returned Week 11 at Carolina after he missed last 3 games due to a hip injury suffered against the Saints in Week 6.
  • Reinjured his hip during Week 11 game at Carolina and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Duron Harmon notes:

  • Had his first NFL INT vs. Miami in Week 8.
  • Had his 2nd career INT Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh and is second on the team in INT’s.
  • Made his first NFL start Week 11 at Carolina and had 3 tackles.

Logan Ryan notes:

  • Had his first NFL INT at New York in Week 7 and returned it 79-yards for a touchdown.
  • He was the 11th Patriots player to return his first INT for a TD.
  • Forced a fumble on his first NFL sack Week 8 vs. Miami.  He later added a 2nd second in the game.

Nate Solder notes:

  • Born in Denver attended Buena Vista High School.
  • Played his college football at the University of Colorado.

There are only two players on the team who played on at least one of the Super Bowl championship teams, Brady (3) and Wilfork (on IR) (1).

Roster moves this week:

  • Activated RB Shane Vereen to the 53-man roster

Patriots team captains for 2103:

Players with New England roots:

Players from New England based colleges and universities:

The Patriots have 6 retired numbers:

  • 20 – Gino Cappelletti
  • 40 – Mike Haynes
  • 73 – John Hannah
  • 78 – Bruce Armstrong
  • 79 – Jim Lee Hunt
  • 89 – Bob Dee

Broncos Team Notes

Denver BroncosHere is the Broncos roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2013 Broncos Schedule/Results

The Broncos all-time record is 428-376-10 and they are 18-17 in the playoffs with their last playoff appearance coming in 2012.  That season the Broncos lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Division game. 

Denver has won two Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII) in 6 appearances.

The Broncos last appeared in a Super Bowl following the 1998 season and beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, 34-19.

This is Denver’s 3rd consecutive trip to Gillette Stadium. 

Broncos are 9-10 as the road team in the series and are 2-3 in Gillette Stadium. Both marks include the playoffs.

Denver was the second visiting team to win in Gillette Stadium when they beat the Patriots 24-16 on October 27, 2002 just two weeks after the Green Bay Packers became the first visiting team to win in Gillette Stadium.

Broncos won their first two games at Gillette before dropping the last three.

Since 1984 the Broncos are 3rd in overall wins in the NFL with 301 behind New England (302) and San Francisco (311).

Since 1984 Denver has the most seasons at .500 or better with 25.

Denver has 12 AFC West Division titles; they’re tied for the most with Oakland.

One of just three franchises to record 90+ wins in three decades since 1960 and only one to do it in last three decades.

Denver has not been shutout since 1992 a streak that has gone 335 games.

Broncos are first in red zone offense (79.1%) and 21st in red zone defense (59.0%).

Denver is MINUS 2 in turnover differential tied for 18th in the NFL.  They have 13 INT and have recovered 4 fumbles while they have thrown 6 INT’s and lost 13 fumbles.

The Broncos are 1st in points scored averaging 39.8 points per game and are 23rd in fewest points allowed with 25.5 points per game.

Broncos Staff Notes

Read what Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio had to say to the New England media about the match up.

Jack Del Rio is the Denver defensive coordinator who is filling in for head coach John Fox who had a heart procedure a few weeks back.

This is Fox’s third season as the head coach in Denver he is 30-12 in the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs for an overall record of 31-14. Prior to that Fox was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers for 9 seasons and had a record of 73-71 in the regular season and 8-5 in the playoffs.  Combined between Denver and Carolina he is 103-83 in the regular season and 9-7 in the playoffs for an overall mark of 112-90.

Fox is 1-6 vs. New England as a head coach including 0-2 in the post season combined between Denver and Carolina.

Del Rio is 2-0 as the interim head coach since taking over during the clubs bye week in Week 9.  Del Rio was the head coach for 9 seasons in Jacksonville leading the Jaguars to a 68-71 regular season record and 1-2 in the post season for an overall record of 69-73.  According to Elias Sports Bureau any wins/losses posted by Del Rio are credited to Fox’s record.

Del Rio is 0-5 vs. New England as a head coach including 0-2 in the playoffs.

Pat Bowlen is in his 30th year of team ownership and along with New York Giants founder Tim Mara as the only three-decade principal owners in professional football history to post a 60-percent career winning percentage.

Under Bowlen’s ownership the Broncos have won their two Super Bowls and have been to the big game four times.

Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell served as a pro scout for the Patriots from 2000-01 and an area scout from 2003-2005, winning three Super Bowls during his time in New England in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Defensive Backs coach Cory Undin was a Patriots defensive assistant in 2004.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Magazu is a native of Taunton MA and attended Taunton High School before graduating from Springfield College, where he was a four-year starter as a defensive tackle on the football team. Magazu also served as the offensive line coach at Boston College from 1999-2002.

Broncos Possible Starters

Offense:

  • LT: Clady
  • LG: Beadles
  • C: Ramirez
  • RG: Vasquez
  • RT: Franklin
  • TE: Tamme
  • WR: D. Thomas
  • WR: Decker
  • WR: Caldwell
  • QB: P. Manning
  • RB: Moreno

Defense:

  • DE: Wolfe
  • DT: Vickerson
  • DT: Knighton
  • DE:  Phillips
  • LB: Miller
  • LB: Woodyard
  • LB: Trevathan
  • LCB: Bailey
  • RCB: Rodgers-Cromartie
  • S: Adams
  • S: Moore

Broncos Players Notes

Peyton Manning notes:

  • Was first overall pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.
  • In his career he is 7-13 vs. New England including 1-2 in the playoffs.
  • 12 time Pro Bowl selection and named to 6 All-Pro teams.
  • He is a 4 time NFL MVP and has won one Super Bowl MVP Award.
  • In 14 years in Indianapolis was 141-67 in the regular season and 9-10 in the post season for an overall record of 150-77.
  • In his second season in Denver he is 22-4 and 0-1 in the post season for an overall record of 22-5.
  • Is 74-42 in his career on the road.
  • For his career he is 163-71 in the regular season and 9-11 in the post season for an overall record of 172-82.  He has won one Super Bowl (XLI) in two appearances.
  • Wears number 18 after Frank Tripucka made the gesture to let him wear the retired number.
  • Son of former NFL QB Archie Manning and brother of New York Giants QB Eli Manning.
  • In NFL History he is 2nd in passes completed, passing yards, passing TD’s and passer rating.  He is 3rd in passes attempted and passing yards per game.  He is first in comebacks and game winning drives.
  • Along with Brady and Hall of Famer Joe Montana are considered the Holy Trinity among NFL quarterbacks.
  • After starting every game of his NFL career he missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury.
  • Has thrown 34 TD passes in ten games it is the third highest single season total of his career.
  • Has only 6 INT’s is on pace for just his second single digit season in INT’s.
  • Had 7 TD pass game Week 1 vs. Baltimore.
  • Twice this season has had back-to-back 4 TD pass games.  Week 4 vs. Philadelphia, Week 5 at Dallas, Week 8 vs. Washington and Week 9 at San Diego.
  • Had 3 INT game Week 8 vs. Washington.

Wes Welker notes:

  • Played six seasons in New England (2007-12).
  • Has 648 receiving yards in his first season in Denver.
  • Has 9 TD’s just one shy of his career high set in 2011.
  • Leads team with 61 catches.
  • Has 829 career catches and trails only former Bronco Rod Smith (849) for most catches in NFL history by an undrafted player.
  • Only player in NFL History with 5 100-catch seasons.
  • In his 6 years in New England had the most prolific 6-year period for any NFL receiver with 672 regular season catches.
  • Patriots all-time receptions leader with 725 catches.
  • Made five Pro Bowls as a Patriot.
  • Had a TD catch in each of his first six games as a Bronco.
  • Suffered a concussion Week 11 vs. Kansas City and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Eric Decker notes:

  • One of three players in franchise history with 8 TD’s in back-to-back seasons.

Demaryius Thomas notes:

  • Needs 1 TD to break tie with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker for 4th in franchise history.
  • Needs 86 receiving yards for back-to-back 1,000 receiving yard seasons.
  • Had a career high 1,434 receiving yards in 2012.
  • Made his first Pro Bowl in 2012.

Champ Bailey notes:

  • Has 52 interceptions in his career.  With 34 as a Bronco needs 1 more to be 4th on Denver’s all-time INT list.
  • Named to his 12th Pro Bowl in 2012.

Wesley Woodyard notes:

  • Just 12th player since 1982 to post a 100 tackle, 5 sacks and 3 INT season.

Von Miller notes:

  • Finished his second NFL season ranked in the Top 5 in sacks, quarterback knockdowns, quarterback hurries, tackles for a loss, run stuffs and forced fumbles.
  • Only player in Broncos history to make the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons.
  • Missed first 6 games for violation of NFL Drug policy.  It was his second suspension for violation of the NFL policy.

Tony Carter notes:

  • Played with the Patriots in 2010.
  • Has been inactive 4 of the last 5 games.

Dan Koppen notes:

  • Former Patriots center on season ending IR.
  • Second season in Denver after 9 seasons in New England.
  • Won two Super Bowls as a member of the Patriots.

Players with New England ties:

Players who attended New England based colleges or universities:

  • C Dan Koppen (IR) – Boston College

Denver team captains for 2013 are:

Denver has 3 retired numbers:

  • 7 – John Elway
  • 18 – Frank Tripucka
  • 44 – Floyd Little

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Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston TX

Date/Time: Sunday December 1 at 1 p.m.

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